Staging is one of the most important things you can do for your home (and yourself) if you’re selling. It’s going to increase the buyer appeal of the inside of the home, create better first impressions, and ultimately help the buyer visualize their new life in your home. While there are companies that do staging tasks, you don’t always need to hire the professionals if you’re on a budget. Check out these home staging tips that you can do on your own with a smaller budget.
Highlight the best features
When you’re staging/decorating/renovating, make sure you highlight what the home has to offer. For example, if your home has a fireplace, organize the furniture in a way the makes the fireplace the focal point of the room. If you stage correctly, you can use staging to direct the buyer’s attention wherever you’d like it to be.
Lighting is huge! Do whatever you can to let in as much natural light as possible and turn on all the lights to allow your home to appear bigger and brighter. Some experts say that staging mirrors strategically can allow it to reflect light in a way that makes the room look more spacious. If you’re painting, consider using brighter, more neutral colors to attract a wider range of buyers. We have a list of the top 5 color schemes for homes that are for sale to help our sellers attract more buyers, if you’re interested, give us a call or visit our social media profiles.
Declutter and De-personalize
As a buyer, you wouldn’t want to walk into a filthy mess in the home you’re looking to buy right? So don’t allow your potential buyers to walk into your home without tidying up and making your home presentable! The best thing you can do is take all the trash and excess items from your home. You will want to go through just about everything you have and determine what you need, what you don’t need, and what can sit in storage. Obviously, everything you do not need should be sold or thrown away, and anything you can live without for the time being should be put in the attic, in storage, and tucked away nice and neat.
Another crucial part to staging your home is taking away all the personal items. Pictures, portraits, memorabilia, etc. should all find it’s place in storage for the time being. The reason is because buyers are coming to look at your home with the intent of making an offer and moving themselves in, and when they see all of your family photos and other sentimental items the last thing they can visualize is their sentimental items and family photos in the home. These personal items can distract them from what the home actually has to offer for them. Also, some buyers can feel uncomfortable viewing a home with a bunch of personal items because it feels like they’re intruding.
When decorating your home, you want to be very careful in the decor that you choose. You want to choose things that will simplify your home, catch a buyer’s attention, and help them visualize a better life in your home, but you don’t want to choose things that are going to offend or detour your buyer. You’ll want to choose color schemes carefully as well. When choosing drapes, pick colors that compliment and emphasizes the room’s color(s). Likewise, when choosing bedding, experts recommend very nice, white bedding to reflect a peaceful ambiance in the master bedroom. Same rule applies to the bathrooms. Try to choose simple color schemes that emphasize the color scheme of the bathrooms, such as white or solid colored towels/curtains and stainless steal/porcelain accessories like soap dishes and tooth brush holders.
Another option you have for areas like the kitchen, is to upgrade smaller items such as drawer/cabinet hardware, accessories on the counter, and appliances. Updating the hardware will make your kitchen look brand new and add significant value to your home! Some experts recommend a full kitchen remodel, depending on your budget, to add extreme value to the home considering the kitchen can have some of the biggest influence on the buyer’s decision.
Curb appeal is hands down the MOST important aspect of the exterior of your home. Curb appeal refers to what someone sees from the curb of the street to the front side of your home. This includes shrubbery, landscaping, lawn maintenance, etc. To catch your buyer’s eye, consider adding a fresh batch of mulch, or getting some of the unappealing trees/shrubs removed. Depending on the time of year, you will want to research what plants and flowers are in season and determine what your best option is. For example, if it is summer time, you may want to add extra mulch to retain the moisture your plants will need to survive in the heat. You can also research what flowers/plants are in season and popular for curb appeal.
While cleaning, upgrading, and staging is not required by any means, it might as well be. Without staging and setting up your home for potential buyers, your chances of selling decrease dramatically. At Brown Home Group, we have multiple staging resources at our disposal, as well as years of experience and knowledge in the industry. If you’d rather hand over the tedious task of home staging to someone else, feel free to reach out for some assistance!
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