Staging your home to sell
Are you trying to sell your home? Is it cluttered? Is it empty? Well, guess what, your ‘stuff’ or lack thereof may be the reason your house isn’t selling! Statistics show that a well-staged home sells much faster and often for more than the asking price.
Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t know how to stage” or “Staging is going to cost me too much money”….Never fret, the tips in this article will show you how you can get your home ready to sell in no time and even how to do it on a tight budget.
Tip #1 – De-clutter
Clutter makes a home look like it’s too small. When there are toys or a lot of knick-knacks everywhere, your potential buyers will concentrate on those things rather than the room itself. The area in the picture below was given a whole new look by taking an old dresser, giving it a good coat of paint and new drawer pulls; then hiding all the books and unused pictures in end tables. On top of the dresser, we just placed a few items to give it a clean, artistic look:
Tip #2 – Clean and de-personalize the space
Make sure each space is clean and free of family pictures or personal items. Of course, buyers want to see that a real family lived in the home, however, too many family pictures and personal items make buyers not be able to visualize themselves living there. If you don’t have enough storage space for your items, think of renting a small storage unit or ask a friend/family member if you can keep your things in their garage for a short time. The pics below show a room that was cleaned and staged as a boy’s room.
Tip #3 – Warm up the room using simple artwork and inexpensive decor
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a room look good. In the next picture you will see where artwork by the real estate agent, thrift shop nightstands, lamps, and a few dollar store items made a bedroom look warm and inviting:
Hopefully, these tips will help you get your home ready to sell. And remember, if you feel you can’t do it yourself, here are a ways you can get your home staged:
1) Ask your realtor/agent to help you
2) Hire a staging company (may be costly, but shop around)
3) Go online and look for tips/tricks (free!!)
Happy selling and staging!
Written by Roxy Mcdonald