You’ve probably heard the designers on home television shows stress the importance of staging homes to sellers. But, what exactly goes into that? The process of dressing up your property to appeal to potential buyers is staging. Making sure your home is show ready doesn’t mean you must resort to costly renovations. Check out these tips to inexpensively stage your home:
House Staging Tips for Outside Areas
It’s important to make sure that your home stands out against all the other homes in your neighborhood to draw in potential buyers. Your curb appeal determines if buyers want to give your house a chance before they even walk in the door. Make sure your home gives a great first impression by keeping your lawn and flower beds well maintained and free of weeds and debris. Replace old, dead flowers with colorful, eye-catching plants. Remove any clutter or waste that may have been piling up. Take the time to power wash your siding, driveway, and porch area. A clean exterior makes all the difference in highlighting the positives of the outside of your home.
Tips for the Kitchen
Kitchens are one of the most highly scrutinized areas of a home. If your kitchen is cluttered, messy, and falling apart, potential buyers will run before seeing the other areas your home has to offer. Deep clean your kitchen and pay attention to the little nooks and crannies that are often overseen, such as space where appliances meet counters and the tops of your cabinets. Thoroughly degrease your stove hood and back-splash areas. It’s a good idea to remove any counter top appliances to showcase how much space there is. Removing personal photos, art, and magnets from your refrigerator will give a clean, uncluttered feel to the room.
Tips for Bathrooms
Let’s face it; bathrooms get dirty faster than any other room in the house. Don’t neglect your bathrooms when it comes time to stage your home. Deep clean the grout between tile both on your flooring and in the shower/bathtub. Make sure the shower door and surrounding tracks are free of mildew and grime. Remove bulky clothes hampers and make sure your trash can is always clean and empty to help prevent any odor in the space. If you’re using a mismatched set, replace your hand towels and bath mat with ones that coordinate with the other decor. Remove all beauty and grooming products from the counter tops and store in an organized container in the closet or cabinet. Don’t forget to keep your mirrors clean of toothpaste spots!
Tips for Bedrooms
Sometimes buyers have a hard time visualizing the purpose of a room. Make it easy for them to see the potential of the place by clearly defining the bedrooms in your home. Your home gym/master bedroom should be turned back into strictly a master bedroom. Remove stored clutter from the guest room. If your decor is bold and busy, consider swapping paint colors for a more neutral look to appeal to more buyers. Minimize the amount of large furniture in each bedroom to help showcase the size and available floor space.
Tips for Closets
When your home is up for sale, every inch of it will be up for close inspection. That includes your closets, cabinets, and pantry areas. It is a good idea to rent a storage unit during this time to hold items that you’ve got packed away in those areas that you don’t need immediate access. Box up seasonal clothes, family heirlooms, and sports equipment for the time being and store them elsewhere. Organize the contents of your closet to be neat and appealing. Buying hangers that match and a shoe rack to keep shoes off the closet floor are both small touches that make a huge difference.
Tips for the Living Room
Keeping your living room tidy at all times while on the market can be a challenge when you spend a lot of time in the space. Make it easier on yourself by removing as many unnecessary items and decor as possible. Arrange your furniture to create an inviting conversation space that doesn’t center around your TV. Extra bookshelves and china cabinets that take up a lot of room should be removed to maximize the square footage that buyers will see when they walk in the room. A buyer will immediately try to picture their furniture in the space, so make it easy for them to visualize by keeping your personal furniture pieces and items to a minimum
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