January 8th, 2020 8:37 AM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
When you decided to put your house up for
sale, you were probably hoping to make money, but sometimes, the selling costs
can really add up. Paying for necessary repairs and working with a realtor can
cost you a pretty penny, and even though your home might need a makeover, you
may be hesitant to shell out the cash for a professional staging.
However, if you need to spruce up your home
before it hits the market, you can do so on a budget and save on staging costs.
Here’s how to wow potential buyers when they walk through the door.
Out Other Houses
If you’re almost ready to put up that “For
Sale” sign, but you feel totally lost when it comes to staging ideas, find a
little inspiration from other houses for sale. Look up similar homes listed in
your neighborhood around the same price range, or look at the average home sale
price in Arcadia, which is $133,000. Study the photos
online, and take notes if you like what you see. Better yet, swing by open houses in your neighborhood if
you have some free time. You can get a feel for the kind of decor that makes a
house look more appealing to potential buyers.
Perhaps you’ve returned from an open house
with a long to-do list for your own home, but before you dive in, it’s time to declutter. Set aside a weekend to
focus just on decluttering each room of your house, from the bathroom to the
kitchen to the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Anything you don’t sell,
donate, or throw away, you’ll need to pack up and store properly, so think carefully
about which items you really need to keep.
Once you’ve decided what will stay and what
has to go, do not shove your personal items into dressers and hall closets, as
buyers will often open them and look around during viewings. Instead, ask a
neighbor if they have some space you can use temporarily, or organize your
boxes in a corner of your garage, where they will be out of sight.
Now that all of your clutter is out of the
way, get out the rubber gloves and sponges - your home needs to be deep cleaned before you welcome any
future buyers. Before you schedule any viewings, make sure that every surface
in your home is sparkling, there are no pet hairs clinging to the couches and
carpet, and each room smells clean and inviting (an essential oil diffuser can do the
trick, which you can get for around $40 on Amazon).
Don’t ignore odd nooks and crannies, because
you never know what possible buyers might notice. According to U.S. News, people often forget to
clean ceiling fans, underneath appliances, door knobs, and light switches.
Some sellers will buy new furniture solely for
staging their home, but if you’re on a budget, this is probably well out of
your price range. However, you can rearrange your furniture to open up
a room and create extra space for people to move. Arranging your furniture
strategically can make it look like the room has expanded by a few square feet.
In addition, True Value recommends a fresh coat
of paint in cool shades like blue or green to make a room look more spacious.
Finally, you’ll need to depersonalize your
home by taking down any personal items. For example, all of the family photos
on your living room mantle, as well as your kids’ doodles hanging on the fridge
need to be stowed away for the time being. Buyers want to be able to envision
themselves in your home, so making it a neutral space can help you sell faster.
Replace these sentimental items with natural decor like small
houseplants or supermarket flowers in complementary colors.
Yes, selling your home will likely result in
profits - but initially, the process can cost more than you think. Thankfully,
staging a home does not have to be an expensive endeavor. If you get creative
and thrifty, you can transform your home without any financial stress.
Source: Alice Robertson
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