When selling your home, one of the best ways to increase demand is to have it professionally staged. There is little debate that buyers want the property to feel warm and inviting and professional staging does just that. However, not every sale can justify the expense of staging. Depending on the size of your home and your staging tastes, the tab can quickly exceed thousands of dollars. In lieu of professional staging there are plenty of simple things you can do that can have a similar impact. Here are four ways to stage your home without paying for staging.
Brighten Things Up.With any home sale there are a handful of things you should be prior to listing your property. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls can give any room a new look and feel, but this may be an expense you don’t want to make. The next best thing you can do is to increase the wattage of your light bulbs. Old, dull lights make the room feel just that. The best features of the room won’t stand out and buyers will have a lukewarm reaction. On the flip side, new lights give a “wow” factor to the room and make it warm and inviting. It is a good idea to talk to an electrician and get the brightest lights you can buy. Spending a few dollars on new lights can completely change the feel of your home.
Clear Clutter.There is no question that selling your home while trying to run a family is a delicate balance. It is difficult constantly walking on eggshells, cleaning up after everything you do. However, there are a few concessions you must be willing to make. For starters, you should plan on removing any and all clutter throughout the house. Extra blankets, toys, games and books must be stored away for every showing. Buyers want to see as much open and usable space as possible. If your stuff is everywhere the house will feel cramped and stuffy. Even if this means having a tag sale or simply getting rid of old items, it is essential for property presentation.
Clean Refrigerator/Kitchen.The kitchen is the new focal point of the home. In the past the living room was where most people congregated and hung out. Today, the kitchen has taken its place. You can expect buyers to scrutinize every square inch of your home, especially the kitchen. As difficult as it can be, you need to take everything off your fridge. Buyers don’t want to see the coupons you are saving or the award your child received. There is a massive difference in a clean fridge and one full of magnets and clutter. A buyer won’t feel comfortable in a kitchen full of fridge clutter and personal items.
Garage Mess.If you are like most sellers your garage is organized chaos. You probably know where everything is, but there is a good chance it is a mess. It is important not to underestimate or overlook the garage when selling your home. Like other areas of your home, this can mean getting rid of items you have had for some time. You don’t need to give the garage a full facelift, but it can’t be a complete disaster either. It most likely won’t take you more than one afternoon, and whole lot of garbage bags, to give the garage a clean and organized look feel.
For the right property in the right market, staging is the only way to go. You will often get an immediate return on your investment. However, for moderately priced homes self-staging can provide the same bang for your buck. Consider these four items when you are ready to sell your home.