During the time your home is on the market, you’ll want to make it look as appealing as possible to potential home buyers. You may think that the only way to accomplish this is to spend thousands of dollars on renovations. The good news is there are plenty of ways to spruce things up without breaking the bank. Check out these wallet-friendly house staging tips.
Start Outside with Curb Appeal
Grab their attention from the moment they pull into the driveway. Make them want to see the inside by putting a bit of effort into making the outside area standout. Focus on cleaning up the yard, keeping the lawn maintained, and adding fresh bedding to flower beds. Replace and repair broken shutters, steps, and railings. Consider power washing your home if it has siding. Walk around the exterior and make sure the area is free of debris and hazards. Place outdoor seating in conversational settings.
Kitchens Sell Homes
Remember how excited you were about the kitchen when you were looking at homes? This excitement is what you want to create in potential buyers when they see your kitchen. Do a deep cleaning that targets areas that get missed on regular cleaning days. Clean the areas where appliances meet counters. Organize the cabinets and pantries per size, color, or use. This organization is impressive and shows buyers that you care about small details. Put away counter appliances, cleaning products, and items that tend to collect around the sink. Remove magnets and personal photos from the refrigerator.
Bathrooms Draw Attention
Many sellers push aside the need to stage bathrooms, but these rooms as almost as important as kitchens. Replace the shower curtain and bath mat. Place fresh towels on the racks and a new bottle of hand soap near the sink. Remove clutter from counters, including makeup and personal care products. Remove large hampers and trash cans to optimize the space. Clean the tile, grout, and any tracking used for showers. Add fresh light bulbs to brighten the room.
Focus on Bedrooms
Define the purpose of rooms in your house. Turn the room back into a bedroom if you’ve turned it into a fitness room, office, or entertainment area. Remove large pieces of furniture that make the room look smaller and replace them with pieces that fit the size of the space. Consider repainting brightly colored walls with a neutral color that appeals to a broader range of buyers. Remember to remove any personal items that could prove to be embarrassing to those viewing your home.
Clean Out Your Closet
While you’re staging your home, it’s a good time to clean out the closets and place items in storage until the move. Have few things in the closet area to showcase the size of each closet. Closet space is valuable to buyers! Organize items in your closet by color and style. Use hangers that match. Remove all items from closet floors, including shoes.
Living Room Touches
Potential buyers want to see themselves living in the house, using the rooms. Remove any personal collections and family photos. Make it a blank canvas for them to use their imagination on when walking through the room. Again, remove large furniture pieces that cause the room seem small. Remove obstructions from the windows to maximize the natural light.
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