Everyone loves home improvement programs that showcase perfectly decorated interiors and groomed exteriors to best highlight the potential of the space. But for homeowners on a budget looking to sell, it can be near-impossible to allocate thousands of dollars to stage a house.
The benefits, though, are compelling. According to a National Association of Realtors study on home staging:
- 49% of buyers’ agents say staging affects most buyers’ view of the home.
- 77% say staging makes it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.
- The most important rooms to stage are: living room (55%), master bedroom (51%), and kitchen (41%).
- Staging a home can increase the dollar value offered 1% to 5% vs. similar homes on the market that are not staged.
On a $300,000 home, staging can increase your offer from $3,000 to $15,000 — which definitely makes a little elbow grease, a few coats of paint, and some creative thinking worth it. Here are our top 7 tips for staging your home on your own to maximize its selling potential.
- Clean Everything
Would you be interested in a dirty house? Take the top-to-bottom approach: Scrub everything from the walls to the carpets to the insides of your junk drawers. Not only will this give the home a fresh look, it’ll give it a fresh smell as you wash away lingering odors.
- Let the Light In
Natural light is a huge selling point. Remove heavy draperies, blinds, or dark colors that absorb light and replace them with sheer white curtains that illuminate rooms and reflect light. To increase coziness, add more lamps and change fixture bulbs to their maximum safe wattage.
- Paint Over It
A few coats of trendy neutral wall paint (greige, sage, or oatmeal) with pops of accent colors (honey, rose gold, or cobalt) can modernize rooms while keeping them light and airy. And don’t just think of the walls: Painting your front door charcoal or black can increase your sale value by $6,000.
- Take Yourself Out
Depersonalizing a space you’ve lived in for years can feel cold and awkward, but the point of staging is to create a space that as many buyers as possible can see themselves in. Pack away knickknacks, heirlooms, photos — anything that could remind them someone else still lives here.
- Open the Space
Show off your home’s spaciousness and possibilities by limiting rooms to no more than three big pieces of furniture. This will open up the space, giving buyers and agents more room in which to move and making small areas look bigger. Simply sell or store the excess furniture.
- Decorate with Flowers
Fresh flowers, especially those clipped from your yard, can freshen up spaces like kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms. In addition to the subtle scent, they add pops of cheerful color that evoke hominess and comfort.
- Make Little Adjustments
Small touches around the house can make it feel move-in ready. Break out the nice china and set the table for a meal. Place a folded newspaper on the coffee table. Switch out tarnished fixtures for shiny ones.
When you’ve fielded all the offers for your home, contact Scafidi Juliano to help you navigate the legal loopholes of selling your current home and purchasing your new one. Our experts are here to help you make the best deal for your future.