5 Inexpensive Staging Ideas to Boost Your Home’s Showmanship
Are you thinking of selling your home? Did you know homes that have been staged tend to sell for more money? We know that first impressions are everything when selling a home, and can determine whether or not a prospective buyer decides to make an offer. Not everyone has the budget to hire a professional staging company, so we’ve come up with 5 inexpensive staging ideas that will boost your home’s showmanship.
1. Pack up your personal belongings: probably the least expensive step you can take and one of the most important in preparing your home for sale. Depersonalizing your space allows buyers to the opportunity to view it as their potential home. Photos and artwork can be a distraction to the buyer, and you want them to imagine their own belongings in the home, which might cause them to make an offer.
2. Time to clear the clutter: we know this one is hard to do, because we are all attached to our “stuff” and we may not see it as clutter. After years of living in the same home, you are bound to have a collection that needs to be sorted through and quite possibly pitched out. Pay special attention to the bathroom and kitchen areas, especially the counter tops. Make time to have a garage sale, and clear out drawers, closets, attics and garages. If you come across items you just can’t bear to part with, then consider boxing up those personal belongings and storing them neatly in a corner of the garage, or renting a small storage space away from the house.
3. Give your home a good ole’ fashioned deep cleaning: this one might not cost a lot of money but it does take the most labor! However, a clean home will stand out to buyers and may even cause them to overlook items that maybe old or worn out. Don’t forget to clean the ceiling fans, window seals, baseboards and window coverings. If you aren’t up to the task of scrubbing your home from top to bottom, you may want to invest in having it professionally cleaned.
4. Neutralize each room: each room of your home should have a useful purpose, and using your furnishing is a great way to create that feeling. If you are lacking inspiration, take a tour of some nearby model homes or spend a few hours on Houzz.com for some ideas. Remember, less is better when it comes to staging furniture and make sure you have plenty of lighting in each room, especially dark corners, stairways or even hallways. A little touch up paint on the walls and baseboards can go a long way with a prospective buyer!
5. Create a lasting first-impression: your home’s curb appeal is the first thing the buyer sees, so it is important that you capture their attention right away. If you have a lawn, make sure it mowed often, and that bushes and trees are trimmed neatly. Clear away any debris or junk from the walk-ways and pressure-wash your driveway. A few fresh flowers at the front door can add a warm welcome to your home!
If you still feel like you need some hands-on help preparing your home for sale, we got you covered! Give us a call today and we are happy to walk your home with you to help you boost your home’s showmanship and in return yield you the best sales price. Give us a call today! Frank
The Russo Team