Homeowners in the process of selling, may not stage their home because they are under the impression that it’s pricey, but it doesn’t have to be!
Here are some of our tips to staging homes inside and outside.
Think of photos in home magazines or of model homes; they’re uncluttered, organized, attractive and clean. This is not only the image you want to convey, but also the atmosphere.
How to stage an impressive inside without hurting your wallet:
- Pack up personal items! Family photos, trophies, awards, and collections are all things that can get in the way of potential buyers envisioning themselves living there in the future. They need to be able to see their own personal effects throughout the home, and yours may easily get in the way of that.
- This same tip applies to personal bathroom items. Be sure to store them under the sink, not in plain sight.
- Remember the last nice hotel you were in? Less is more! The rooms have the cozy essentials, and no personal items anywhere. Try to think minimalistic and de-clutter as much as possible!
- Bring in a plant or two! Houseplants liven up living spaces! Don’t have a green thumb? No worries, even a fresh bouquet adds a flattering touch to a room.
- Clean: Dust EVERYTHING! (Yes, even baseboards!) Be sure sinks and every trashcan in sight is empty and to not spread dust into the air– You don’t want sneezy potential homebuyers thinking they are allergic to your home!
Need more help than this for the interior? Add a fresh coat of white paint to trim or stain/repaint your front door.
Don’t forget the exterior of your home. The outside of your home is a buyer’s first impression and curb appeal is very real:
- Mow the lawn and keep hedges trimmed. If you want your lawn to look its best for the weekend, mow it on Wednesday or Thursday.
- Add a fresh layer of cedar mulch to flower beds for a cleaner look to your yard.
- Trim overhanging tree branches that spill into the driveway or street.
- Power-wash! All sidewalks, entryways, driveway, porches and siding if necessary (not painted exteriors).
- Clean windows, inside and out, of course.
Still need a “wow factor”? Add flowers and potted plants. This is your first impression, it matters!
Staging your home really can be cost-saving, and it just might make all the difference in selling your home faster.