Get More for Your Home With These Simple Staging Tips
When people think about staging and selling homes, they usually picture an empty home at is filled with furniture by a professional to make the house look more livable. While that is one aspect of what stagers do, regular homes can be helped out by staging as well. Homes that are staged well tend to sell faster and for more than those that don’t.
Some real estate agents will bring in (and hopefully pay for) professional stagers if they are listing your house. It’s in their best interest to sell your house as quickly as possible too. Or, if you are selling your home yourself, you can hire a professional stager. But if you’re looking to save some money and still want your home to look like it was staged by a professional, then here’s some quick and simple tips for you.
- Nasty bathroom walls are a giant turn off for buyers. Don’t let mold and dirt ruin your sale! Mix one part water and one part bleach in a spray bottle. Spray it on the wall and watch mold and grim go bye-bye. Slap on a fresh coat of paint and you’re good to go.
- Have a gross shower door? You can save money by not replacing it and cleaning it instead. Take one part muriatic acid and mix with ten parts water. Use that and a steel wool pad to scrub the door.
- Hate the old tile in your bathroom? Paint it instead of replacing it.
- Master bedrooms should appeal to both sexes. Use neutral colors and get rid of anything that is too gender-specific.
- Dated kitchen cabinets will lower the bids buyers make if they make them at all. Instead of replacing them, stain them.
- Newer appliances always make a buyer feel good. Stainless steel kitchen appliances have a classy and functional look that impresses buyers.
- Not everyone can afford granite countertops, but that doesn’t mean they are out of your reach. Save money by offering to do the demolition of your old counter tops yourself. You can also bargain hunt for remnant granite. Finally, consider something granite transformations, which wrap your existing counters in a layer of granite and mimic the look.
General Staging Tips
- Remove the clutter and personal items from your house as much as possible. You need buyers to imagine themselves in your house.
- Before you move heavy furniture around to see how it looks, use tape to mark off the spot it will go. Then you’ll be able to see how it looks without throwing your back out.
- Open your windows blinds to let as much natural light in as possible. Dark rooms don’t sell houses. Add lamps as needed to help overhead lighting for showings later in the day or evening.
- Pet odors need to be dealt with ASAP! Remove old pet beds or toys that may be carrying the smell. Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet at night and vacuum it up the next morning. If it’s serious, you’re going to need to get new carpet and paint to get rid of the smell.
Follow these tips and your house will come across as more balanced, cleaner, bigger and better than it probably is! If you want maximum return on your house, staging is a necessity and something you can’t overlook.