Posted on: 22 May 2015
When many people think of staging, they think that they need to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on new furniture and accessories in order to stage the home so that it will sell easily. However, there are inexpensive ways of doing this so that you aren't out a truckload of cash. Here are a few:
Eliminate the Clutter.
The last thing that you want your potential buyers entering into is a cluttered house. From the clutter and junk that is laying around the inside of your house to the stuff in your garage, your home needs to look clean and open. If you have a lot of furniture crammed into one room just to have enough seating for everyone, remove the items that aren't necessary. Less furniture in a room will also help the room appear larger. It may be a good idea to rent a self-storage unit to store your extra furnishings until your home sells.
Make Rooms Bigger.
No, you don't need to go and knock out a wall to make a room bigger. However, you should consider re-painting the room to make it appear larger. You can do this by painting adjoining rooms the same color. It's best if this is a light color rather than a dark color for a more positive effect.
Opt for Neutral Colors.
If you like bright, vivid colors and your walls are painted to match your taste, then you need to cover it all up. Many people do not have the same taste as you and your home is likely to sell easier if you have the walls painted neutral colors, such as tan, beige or white. You could also opt for a light green or soft blue.
Remove All Personal Items.
No one wants to go into a home that they're thinking about buying and see your kids' artwork on the refrigerator or your family photographs on the wall. Remove all family photos and heirlooms before you put the home up on the market. You need the buyers to see the home as their own, which is hard for them to imagine if it is still visually full of your own memories.
Clean and Clean Some More.
Potential buyers do not want to walk into a home that smells like wet dog with bright red stains on the carpet. Someone that is seriously interested in purchasing your home is going to look in all the nooks and crannies, under the cabinets and between appliances. Therefore, everything from side to side and top to bottom needs to be sparkling clean. Have your carpet and home professionally cleaned if you don't feel like you are up to the challenge yourself.
Improve the Curb Appeal.
First impressions mean everything. Therefore, you want to make sure that potential buyers love your home the minute they see it and pull into the driveway. De-personalize the outside like you did inside by removing all toys, bikes and personal items. Make sure that the lawn has recently be mowed and that garbage cans are placed out of sight. If your yard has rock instead to grass, make sure there aren't any empty patches. Consider having a landscaping company come out to trim and sculpt bushes and trees.
These are just a few inexpensive ways to perfectly stage your home so that it will sell. For more advice on how to get your property ready for the market and how to improve the likelihood of it selling quickly, contact a local real estate agent.Share