Staging Your Home, on a Budget
Staging your home before selling can have a dramatic affect on how buyers view your home. It can even put more money in your pocket with a potentially higher sales price, or less time your house sits on the market.
A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® shows that:
- 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home.
- Staging the living room for buyers was found to be most important (55%), followed by staging the master bedroom (51%), and staging the kitchen (41%).
- 39% of sellers’ agents stated that staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time the home is on the market.
Not everyone can shell out a few hundred dollars on home staging. So what can you do if your on a budget? Take a look below at some items you can do to help your home standout in the sea of homes for sale.
- Mow the lawn and trim trees and shrubs from the house.
- Repaint Shutters and railings.
- Sweep sidewalks and cobwebbs
- Add a doormat, potted plants or new house numbers.
- Tidy Up – clear extra gadgets from kitchen counters and side tables, remove pictures and magnets from refrigerator, straighten bookshelves
- Remove “extra” pieces of furniture
- Clean up – deodorize all carpets, polish furniture, wipe flight fixtures, clean fireplace, make sure bathrooms are mold free
- Patch up – repair leaks, nonworking cabinets, patch & paint walls, caulk bathrooms
- Add finishing touches – decorative pillows, plants, linens on tables, fresh flowers, scented candles, add/move lamps to dark areas, coordinate towels in bathroom,