Contrary to popular belief, staging your home can be done within your budget. By staging your home, the goal is to showcase the best features of a home. As a result, you try to make the home more appealing to buyers. And while this can be effective, it can get expensive. However, it’s not necessary to sell one of your kidneys to make this happen. Studies have shown that you can do an effective job of staging, while remaining within a reasonable budget. Staging done properly can increase the selling price by $2.00 for every $1.00 that you spend on the project. Try these ideas to help you show your home’s best assets.
Remove All Traces of You!
You want buyers to picture themselves in the home – not you. Your pictures and your momentos of your life can distract them from seeing what may potentially be their home. Instead, they should imagine their photos and their momentos. And this is part of Staging Within Your Budget.
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Maximize the Space!
Remove clutter and excess furniture from the home. Clean out the closets so that buyers think, subconsciously, that the home has enough closet space. If there’s plenty of room in the closets, buyers think the closets are big enough to hold their belongings. Remove some furniture and try to have the furniture away from the walls for the same idea.
Clean, Clean then Clean Some More
If you walked into a dirty home, what would you think? Probably not good thoughts. After all, buyers will think the same if they see that your home is dirty. Hunting for places to clean, you’ll be surprised what you may find.
Some updating will benefit virtually every home. When buyers see old appliances, lighting fixtures, kitchen or bath fixtures, they’ll express their feelings in a lower offer. Something simple like changing a faded gold fixture for nickel, chrome or rubbed bronze is inexpensive. Consider changing door knobs and cabinet pulls to the same color. These small, inexpensive changes can make a world of difference
Neutralize the Colors.
You may love bold colors, but not everyone does. And choose a neutral color that goes with everything. The intoxicating smell of fresh paint will grab a buyer’s attention. You don’t want buyers thinking they need to repaint the entire house.
These are inexpensive and effective staging tips which will keep you within your budget. And they’ll probably bring a good return on investment. But what’s most important is this may be what gets your house sold quickly.