You’ve listed your home with us, and now you’ve seen all of the television shows and heard the advice to stage it – but you don’t necessarily have the finances to do so. Therefore, we have put together a short list of extremely inexpensive solutions to stage your property in order to have it stand out from the pack:
- Store away the majority of your personal items – This is one of the most simple and easy ways to help you get your home sold. Buyers want to view the space as their potential home and won’t be able to do so if they’re distracted by photos of your personal memories.
- De-clutter – The less clutter you have throughout the house, the more potential buyers will be able to view the “bones” of the property. If possible, remove items from both the top of the kitchen and bathroom countertops. If you have children, find an easy storage solution for their toys – don’t leave them strewn throughout the house.
- Make sure each room is staged to have a purpose – If you were using some of the rooms of the home other than their originally intended purpose, put the rooms back as they were. Meaning, if you needed office space and were using the dining room, try to remove any signs of your ‘mobile office’ from the dining space while you’re house is on the market.
- Scrub and sanitize – This is especially important if you have pets or someone in the family who is a smoker. Scrub down the cabinets, floors, walls, and clean the windows. Launder any curtains or shades. Potential buyers do not want to catch a scent of anything when they walk in the front door.
- Curb Appeal – The exterior of your home is just as important as keeping the inside maintained, as it is the first impression buyers will get when they drive up. Make sure lawn is groomed, any shrubbery is kept trimmed so the house is easily visible. Mulch, believe it or not, makes everything look trim and tied together. If necessary, pressure wash the outside of the house, driveway and sidewalk.
Ultimately, you want your home to resemble a model property that hasn’t been lived in. Our suggestions for staging should get you as close to this as possible, without you having to break the bank to do so.