When you show your home to prospective buyers, first impressions are everything. I mean, if they show up and see an unkempt yard, a broken doorknob, and a dirty, unwelcoming interior, do you think they’ll end up buying the house? Probably not.
The best buyers will want to live in a house that looks and feels like a home. They should be able to see themselves living there happily from the moment they set foot on the property.
To help you make that happen, I’ve put together this list of inexpensive staging tips. Follow the advice here on how to stage your home, and you’ll be much more likely to sell it quickly.
1. Cut out the clutter – When people look for a home, what they’re really looking for is space. Think about it – no one wants to live in uncomfortably cramped quarters. So, make sure that you’ve eliminated any clutter that makes the space appear smaller. If you’re not sure what I mean, here are some specific actions you can take:
- Remove small stuff that makes your home look cluttered like refrigerator magnets, knickknacks on shelves, and personal photos.
- Remove all clutter from kitchen counters.
- Clear off the bathroom counters (you can move your items to the inside of the bathroom cabinets).
By doing these things, you’ll also make the house look cleaner and well-maintained, which will really boost its appeal to prospective buyers!
2. Amp up the curb appeal – The outside of the house is the first thing your prospective buyers will see, so updating it is well worth the time and effort. Here are a few ways you can give your house some serious curb appeal:
- Paint the front door (make sure the color complements the rest of the house).
- Replace any hardware (house numbers, doorknobs, door knockers, etc.) that looks worn or outdated.
- Make sure the lawn is well-maintained.
- Consider planting a garden full of bright-colored annuals. neutral color
You may even want to consider adding some seasonal décor (wreaths, lit trees, pumpkins, etc.) to your home if applicable – it’s a great way to help your prospective buyers envision themselves living in the house. Just make sure you don’t overdo it with too many decorations that will detract from the beauty of the house.
3. Make the house feel welcoming – Here are a few things you can try to give the house a more inviting feel:
- Paint – You probably don’t need to paint your entire home – just focus on touching up any spots that need it and re-painting the trim. You’ll also want to paint over any bright colors with a neutral color like grey, cream, or off-white.
- Lighting – Letting some natural light in will make the house look bright and welcoming. You can also add a table lamp or standing light to add some extra light and appeal.
- Home Décor – Minor details like new, matching towel sets in the bathroom or attractive window treatments can make all of the difference when you’re showing your home to a prospective buyer.
If you choose to add décor to your home, remember to use items that have a wide appeal so your buyers aren’t turned off by something that doesn’t agree with their tastes.
4. Don’t forget the details – When you’re thinking about how to stage your home, it’s easy to focus too much on big stuff and forget about the details. Here are some minor touches you can add that will have a big impact:
- Throw pillows – You don’t have to spend a lot of money on throw pillows – shop around for a good deal and buy a couple that work well with the color of your couch and living room.
- Cabinet/door hardware – Old hardware can make your home seem outdated, which might scare off prospective buyers, so be sure to update any hardware as necessary.
- Flowers – A vase of fresh flowers placed in your home can help create a happy, inviting atmosphere.
Don’t be afraid to try details outdoors too. For example, if you have a table outside, you can dress it up with cute dishes or plants. That way, your potential buyers will be able to see themselves enjoying a delicious meal outdoors!
5. Clean consistently – It isn’t enough to just clean up your house a little bit. You need to make sure every inch of your home is spotless. It’s not always easy, but it’s well worth it. Here are a few tips to help you make sure your house looks good to potential buyers:
- Clean the bathroom thoroughly and close the lids on the toilets.
- Make sure that your bathroom mirror has been wiped down with glass cleaner.
- Wash the windows.
- Vacuum carpets. You may want to even consider steam cleaning them if they could benefit from it.
- Wipe away any dust, grime, and fingerprints.
- Clean all kitchen appliances thoroughly.
Also, keep in mind that any unpleasant smells in your home could send your potential buyers looking for a different place to live. Even if you like a certain scent, the people viewing your home may not, so avoid spraying lots of air freshener in the house. Instead, open up your windows to let some fresh air in and help eliminate any bad scents.
I know, I know – this all sounds like quite a bit of work. It is, but the payoff is well worth the time you’ll spend making your house attractive to potential buyers. If you’re not convinced, check out this statistic: In controlled tests selling identical homes, professionally staged vs. those not staged, the non-staged houses sold in 102 days, while the staged houses sold in 45 days. (Real Estate Staging Association) And here’s one more statistic for you: Over 90% of buyers look at homes they’ve found on the Internet. (About Home) So, don’t forget to take new photos of your house to post online when you’re done staging it! That way, everyone who views it will be able to see themselves enjoying living there. If you need help selling your home or would like to chat about how to stage your home, feel free to reach out! You can contact me (call or text) at 254-258-0777. I look forward to talking to you!