October 18th, 2019
Tricks for Staging Your Home on a Budget
As homeowners prepare to put their home on the market, there are many decisions to make. A common consideration is whether or not to stage your home, making it easier to market to the general public. This may feel like a daunting task, especially if you’ve lived in your home for many years, and it can end up being costly. Consider the following tips to stage your home in a way that’s easy on you and your wallet.
The first step is easy – clean, clean clean. Straighten up your home’s exterior and focus on the landscaping in the front yard. Pull weeds that might be making the place look overgrown and give the exterior of your home a little TLC. Curb appeal will be the first thing your potential buyers notice and nothing screams “next” more than an unkempt lawn. Plant some flowers, put down some mulch, and take advantage of the easy things you can do yourself to maintain a presentable look for buyers.
Cleaning and packing the interior of the home is an important step as well. By putting away items in each room, you’ll help the home appear larger and ready for new owners to make it their own. Pack, clean, and de-clutter as many personal items and “extras” as possible. Pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens that will particularly sparkle when deep cleaned.
Maximizing your space is the best way to start the staging process. Instead of being a home that serves your needs, think of it now as a model home to fit anyone’s needs. Rearranging your furniture to feel less crowded will please buyers walking through and help them to imagine their lives and furniture inside. Strategic placement of mirrors can also make rooms look larger.
Remember when decorating that your aim is mass appeal. Maintain this mindset when thinking through paint colors, ornamental objects, or any kind of theme you might have in one room or throughout the house.
As far as staged furniture goes, consider temporary fixes. For example, slipcovers on old furniture will help neutralize dated or busy patterns. Realtor.com also suggests investing in an inexpensive bed-in-a-bag to switch out any bedroom linens. Hit thrift stores or yard sales if you are looking for specific items that won’t break the bank.
A final step when preparing your home for the market would be to make sure all fixtures, treatments, and functional items around the house are in good shape and working properly. Ensure that blinds and shades on your windows are in good shape, replace cracked switch plates, clean carpets and wood flooring if necessary, and install new in all light fixtures.
Staging your home is an important part of the home marketing process. It adds some sparkle to a listing and allows buyers to see something that might spark their interest. Although this is a vital step in marketing the home, it doesn’t have to be a pricey one. Using these tips and trying to see your home through a buyer’s eyes can help make your house look great and won’t end up being too costly.