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Affordable Staging Tips for Selling Your Home
Dated: March 31 2021
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Selling a home comes with a million little jobs and several big ones as well. One job that’s on the larger side is staging your home, which is essential for getting more buyers to view and visit your listing. Proper staging can also sway buyers to increase the selling price. In order to achieve this, however, you’ll need to make quite a few changes to the home, including bringing in more natural lighting, increasing the home’s curb appeal, and highlighting the home’s best features.
Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to get your home ready without spending a ton of money or energy. Planning ahead will help you prepare and stay organized, so give yourself plenty of time to get things done before the house is put on the market. Remember to keep young children and pets in mind when it comes to walk-throughs or open houses, and consider utilizing a storage unit if you have items you need to get out of the way prior to showing your home.
Read on for a few tips from Classic Properties on how to stage your home for sale on a budget.
Maximize your floor space
One easy way to make your home look bigger is to move things up off the floor to maximize the space you have. Shelving and decor can take up a lot of room, but if you can hang a lot of it, the room will appear much bigger. One major piece that can be hung on the wall is a flat-screen television, which removes the need for a stand or large entertainment center. It’s important to have it mounted correctly, however, to eliminate mistakes and damage to the wall or TV. Hire a professional to come in and hang it if you don’t feel like you’re up to the task.
Obviously, every homeowner knows that giving the house a good cleaning before it goes on the market is essential, but you may be overlooking a couple of important factors: one, that cleaning and decluttering are two different things, and two, that depersonalizing the space is just as important as cleaning it.
Decluttering involves going through each room to clear off surfaces, organize closets, and throw out or donate things you no longer need. Ideally, you should clear out anything from your home that you can, either by selling, donating, or storing it offsite (which can be a surprisingly affordable solution). Anything that stays in your home should be put in a storage bin so it’s out of sight; picking up a few storage pieces that will show well in photographs and in-person viewings from a discount retailer like Overstock is an inexpensive way to hide items you don’t want to be shown. You can save even more by using an Overstock digital coupon or looking for cash-back offers.
When you depersonalize, you need to take a close look at your decor and items like family photos and the kids’ artwork on the fridge. By removing these items, the buyer can envision themselves living there, which makes a sale more likely. Don’t forget to remove other culprits that show off your personal taste, like political signs and religious relics.
Ask a friend to look after the pets
It’s an unfortunate truth that many homebuyers assume that a house with pets comes with odors, damage, and stains. Even those who love animals may be less likely to buy a home that has visible pets, so you might want to stay on the safe side and ask a close friend or family member to take care of your pets while the house is on the market. This will allow you to keep food bowls, toys, and litter boxes out of the home as well, leaving potential buyers with a good first impression.
Don’t forget the yard
You might be on top of your home’s curb appeal with a freshly painted door and fresh flower baskets, but it’s important not to forget about the backyard. You don’t want to go overboard with the landscaping because most buyers prefer to personalize that area themselves, and landscaping services can be costly (projects average $1,500 - $5,000 nationwide). But you can make sure the grass is healthy and neat, that there are no stray toys laying around, and that your yard looks inviting, especially if there’s no pool.
Staging your home to sell is a big job, and it can take quite a bit of time, so be patient during this process. Create a plan that will allow you to get everything done without being stressed for time, and if you need assistance, reach out to Classic Properties at 570-587-7000.
Written by Jackie Waters at http://hyper-tidy.com/
Gabrielle Lang, 27, is Marketing Director at Classic Properties. Self-made expert in social media marketing, Gabrielle grew up in the North Pocono area and currently resides in Wyoming County, PA. She....
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