Appearance is everything – especially when it comes to selling your home. And if you don’t have a large budget, you can still find a way to easily stage your home without having to bear the cost of hiring a staging professional.
how to easily stage your home
Giving your home’s interior a face lift will pay dividends. It’s one of the most powerful tools at your disposal to get the price you want. Here are 5 ways you can easily stage your home to make buyers fall in love with it.
1. Banish your clutter
Potential buyers will look closer if you get rid of your clutter. It’s true – some things have an emotional draw for you. You don’t have to throw everything out. Just box it up and store it if you’re not ready to part with it.
Remember that you have more clutter than you think you do. Ask a straight-shooting friend for help seeing areas that are confusing and distracting.
Your extra stuff gets In the way (visually and physically) when potential buyers tour your property. Banish as much clutter as possible to attract more buyers – and better offers.
2. Eliminate smells and stains
You want buyers to notice your beautiful white trim, not the grime on the door frame. The striking crown moldings, not cobwebs in the corners. The room features, not the stained carpet.
A dirty home will turn buyers away. Set yourself up for a good home showing by scrubbing walls, trim, and floors beforehand. Dust in corners and cobwebs can add up to an impression of uncleanness that may not be true of your home.
In the same way, bad smells can be stomach-turning. Welcome buyers with a fresh, clean-smelling home.
And if you can, bake chocolate chip cookies right before the showing. It’s a smell many people identify with “home.”
3. Pack up your personal things
Even though it can take a while, packing up is free. And it removes one of the biggest roadblocks to buyers: the feeling that “someone else lives here.”
Removing personal touches from your home will give viewers space to consider themselves living there. Pack away pictures, art, and non-generic décor. They’re distracting and personalized. If you have a basement, it’s fine to box them up down there. Otherwise, a storage space will do the trick.
4. Make your rooms a blank slate
You had a good reason for choosing your wall colors. You like them!
However, they might be a potential buyer’s least favorite colors. Bright or mixed design elements in particular tend to make buyers think about having to re-paint and re-decorate. That’s work, and you want them to imagine their transition as easy as possible.
Your best option is to repaint in a light neutral color – light greys, tan, or cream. You’ll draw more potential buyers, earn more showings, and let them visualize suiting their own tastes after they move in.
In addition, if you’re keeping furniture in the home during showings, think about rearranging it to increase the functionality of the rooms. Maximize space – it’s crucial.
5. Freshen up your hardware
Replacing your hardware is probably within your means. And it’s a good investment. Doors and kitchen hardware are especially important, but even think about details like light switches and outlets. Switching old hardware for new gives the home an upgraded look.
By following these tips, you can quickly and easily stage your home. They’re small changes, but they add up. And potential buyers will notice – even if they don’t consciously see everything you’ve done.
The Lea Team has years of experience advising clients how to effectively stage their homes. Through hundreds of sales, we’ve seen what works.
If you’d like help selling your home, call on the team that knows Chattanooga best – and sells 19 homes in the time it takes the average agent to sell 1 home.