If you’re in the process of selling your home, it can literally pay to have your home look its best so that buys can see the potential and truly envision their future there.
That’s probably why professional home stagers will charge between $50 and $150 per house to get your house looking its best. Those kinds of charges can be well worth it, but they can also add up quite quickly!
Luckily, there are ways that you can become your very own home stager. While staging a house for a viewing or an open house can seem like an art form, it is just as much a science. Knowing the ingredients for success can help you make your house look its best without shelling out cash.
If you are looking for cheap and easy tips to staging your home for sale, continue reading!
1. Hide your personal belongings
Stashing away the personal items that make a house your home – such as pictures, memorabilia, even religious items, can be one of the easiest and cheapest ways for you to better stage your home.
The reason why this is such an important thing to keep in mind is about the emotional impact as much as it is about the physical.
First off, clearing away your personal belongings can make the home appear less cluttered, more open, and more of a ‘blank slate.’
Beyond that, you want to do as much as you can to depersonalize your home. You want buyers to be able envision themselves in your home. They may have a harder time with the constant reminder that the home is still your home.
2. Clear away your clutter
This is something of a continuation of the first tip, but it goes just a bit further. Decluttering your home is a great way to allow prospective buyers to focus on what will stay, not what is currently in the home. They’ll get to see the ‘bones’ of the house, and that is typically very helpful when it comes to prospective buyers deciding whether or not they want to buy your home.
Clear of kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops. If a room of your house is filled to brim, considering removing some of the furniture and storing it in a small storage unit, or at a friends home.
3. Group your furniture
It is common to walk into a viewing and see furniture pushed against the wall of all living rooms and bedrooms. For some reason, there is a commonly held belief that makes the room feel larger and easier to use, but that is actually not the truth. It can actually pervert the actually shape and energy of the room, and make it seem less attractive and a bit odd.
Instead, what you should do is furnish your space by floating the furniture away from the walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy groups, and place them to make it as easy as possible to walk around and through the entire room without obstruction. Not only will this result in making the room feel less cramped, it will also make it seem larger to the eye.
4. Improve room lighting
One of the things that make professionally staged homes look and feel so warm and inviting is fantastic lighting. As it turns out, many homes are not well-lit and that can have an even more negative affect when you are trying to sell your home.
To fix that issue, increase the wattage in your lamps and lamp fixtures. Aim for 100 watts of light for each 50 square feet, and don’t depend on just one or two lamps to light a whole room. Beyond that, it is also wise to try and utilize the three kinds of lighting that makes a room and home seem most welcoming. Those three types of lighting are ambient (general or overhead), task (reading light), and accent (table and wall). Combine all three of these to open your home up from a lighting standpoint.
5. Clean and deodorize
Nobody wants to live in a dirty and stinky house and no one wants to visit one either. So, make sure your house is as clean as can bet.
If you aren’t going to spend money on a professional home stager, you should certainly consider using some of the money you saved on that front to pay for a professional cleaning service. Focus on surfaces like windows, glass doors, garage, basement, celling and ceiling fans as something to clean.
Another pro trick that you could implement is either baking cookies, bringing a sticks of cinnamon to a slow bowling pot of water, or using light air freshener to have the house smelling its best before your guests arrive.
6. Maximize your house’s curb appeal
When selling your house, it is important to not only focus on the interior of the house, but also the exterior. Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and the driveway are free of clutter and debris, and make sure hedges and trees are trimmed to that your house is easy to see and that light can shine through. A little tip to keep in mind if your lawn isn’t looking its best is to lay mulch and cover up those problem spots.
7.Use your yard to your advantage
Speaking of cleaning up your garden and trimming your shrubs, if you’ve got an abundance of flowers in your garden, bring some of them indoors. Depending on the season, you can fill your home with a plethora of different kinds of foliage.
Budding flowers and unfurling fern feel green and fresh in spring, summer blooms offer a splash of color and scent in the summer, fall foliage warms up your home during those chilly autumn afternoons, and holly branches make your house look ready for the holidays come wintertime. It’s just another way to make your house feel like home to many of the prospective buyers that will come through your doors while you’re trying to sell.