Are you selling your home? Good staging techniques can help your home sell faster and for more money. You don’t have to hire a pro to stage your home; you can do it all on your own. Even on a tight budget, you can make your home stand out.
1. Eliminate the Clutter
You may have heard this before: de-cluttering is an important first step in the staging process. Clear off surfaces of clutter like knick-knacks, old bills, magazines, and loose items. It’s essential to depersonalize your home as much as possible. Remove things that reflect your personal taste, and neutralize the space as much as possible.
Painting is a low-cost home improvement that makes your home’s interior look cleaner, well-maintained, and more modern. Choose neutral colors with a universal appeal, such as gray, cream, or beige. Do your best to match the paint in your home to your furnishings to make your home look intentionally decorated; this creates a pleasing indoor environment and makes your home more attractive to home buyers.
3. Start Early
Some staging activities, like painting interior walls, are realistic DIY projects. However, if you want to handle all staging activities without a professional’s help, start early. This gives you time to finish these projects on your own. Waiting till the last minute to stage your property could require you to hire a pro just to get the work done quickly.
4. Dust Off Your Best Ceramic Bowl
A ceramic bowl filled with fresh fruit or vegetables makes a beautiful and inexpensive centerpiece on your kitchen or dining room table. Most people already have a ceramic bowl on hand that they can use, although you can also buy one for a relatively low cost at a home decor store.
5. Decorate with Flowers from the Yard
Pick flowers from your own yard just before home showings. Put cut flowers in your bathroom, kitchen counter, in your bedroom, or the living room. Bouquets don’t have to be fancy to add a sense of occasion and beauty to your home’s interior.
Are you planning multiple home showings over a few days? Put your flowers in the fridge overnight, replace the water daily, and add flower food to the water to keep your flowers fresh. Get rid of wilted or dry flowers before showings: dead flowers do not make a good impression.
6. Let In the Light
Darkness can make your home look small and cramped. Remove dark or heavy curtains and replace them with sheers or lightweight curtains to let the light in your house. Don’t want to spend the money on new curtains? Try removing the curtains altogether, then hang a few sheer scarves across the curtain rod to dress it up while allowing natural light to enter your home. Turn on all the lights in your home for showings.
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