So you’ve finally decided to sell your house but don’t know where to start? Before approaching a realtor or agent or even putting it for sale by yourself also known as a FSBO, first take a minute and consider various ways of staging your home to make it more appealing and just plain sellable. Within the US, research has shown that proper home staging can significantly reduce a property’s listing time and could easily pick up more prospective clients than houses that are empty or not properly staged.
Home staging doesn’t need to be expensive. There is a number of ways in which you can accomplish this without having to spend too much money on top of your time and effort. Here are some inexpensive home staging solutions that you should consider.
De-personalize & De-clutter
One of the first steps in accomplishing a successful home staging is to neutralize your home. This is not to say that you should empty it out, but instead, create an illusion for potential buyers to see themselves living in your house as their own. Technically speaking, it’s like making your house a furnished model house for them to look around and view. You can start with family photos, any religious items, and other similar personal paraphernalia that distracts buyers and even their agents.
De-personalizing your home goes side by side with de-cluttering it as well. It may not be evident to you as the homeowner, but even the things that you don’t think matters actually does matter and affects a potential buyer vision on purchasing your home. This includes toys, items on countertops and shelves, and other small things that are in plain sight should be kept and packed in boxes, which could be neatly stored in the garage for the meantime.
Defining rooms means that each and every room should have a specific purpose that you could present to a buyer or real estate broker. The point is to show them that each available space in the house can be used for a definite function. You can transform a room that’s not being used into a guest room or office, an open basement into an entertainment room, and so on. Besides rooms, this would also comprise of breakfast nooks, spacious corners, outside patios etc.
Scrub & Remove Stains and Odors
It’s all about making a good impression and creating appeal for potential buyers and agents when showing your place. Make sure to clean, scrub, and deodorize the whole place before showing it to anyone. Buyers can be quite meticulous about these things and even the faintest smell or stains that could be costly to remove would easily turn them off.
Cracked walls, chipped paint, and broken tiles are just some examples of repairs that should be taken care of before you put up your house for viewing. You don’t have to do a total renovation, but just attend to minor repairs that would improve the overall aesthetic of your house. Remember when buyers see imperfections they see dollar signs. By spending just a few dollars you can fix the small issues and wont have to worry about haggling over the sale price due to minor repairs.
Improve Curb Appeal
Before you put that home for sale sign on your lawn, also make sure that your exterior is just as appealing as the interiors. Mow your lawn, sweep your porch, and clean your driveway in order to make a great first impression.
In need of a more professional advice? Better get in touch with a trusted real estate firm that is guaranteed to help you from the nitty-gritty of staging your home to successfully finding a buyer that’s agreeable to your selling range. At the end of the day, it’s the combination of the appeal and impression that your home makes on a prospective buyer, as well as the skills of a real estate agent when it comes to selling that will result in a deal that would benefit all parties.