27 12. 2018
10 HOME STAGING TIPS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANKNational Association of Realtors, 49% of buyers’ agents believe home staging influences how a buyer views a home, with 77% saying that it makes it easier for buyers to imagine the home as their own. Furthermore, sellers’ agents note that hoe staging greatly decreases the amount of time a home is on the market. But home staging doesn’t require a great deal of money. There are many things you can do to improve the look of your property without a large financial investment:
HOME STAGING FOR THE MOST IMPACT
Not all rooms are created equally. You want to focus the majority of your effort and budget on the rooms that have the greatest influence on a buyer’s decision. For most buyers, the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom are the most important spaces. These are the rooms where you need to focus the majority of your time and energy.
Rooms that make less impact are guest bedrooms, children’s rooms, and bathrooms. Just because these rooms have less influence on a buyer’s decision doesn’t mean you need not stage them, it simply means you can spend less time here.
REMOVE THE CLUTTER
Quite simply, space sells. The more clutter you have around the home, the less space a potential buyer will see. You can make your home look and feel bigger by editing down to the basics. A good rule of thumb is to put anything you don’t need on a daily basis in storage. But don’t put your extra stuff in the storage spaces within your home; buyers will open every closet and storage space (garage, basement, attic) to see their potential. So make sure to remove any non-essential items from all your closet spaces, as well.
When cleaning up the clutter in your home, you can also de-personalize your space. You want to help buyers visualize the space as their own. Set a blank canvas for them. Personal touches suggest the home belongs to you, not them. Remove personal photos (from the walls and fridge), keep clothes stored and out of sight, clear your bathroom counters of personal items (toothbrushes and contact solution), and remove any overly religious items.
CLEAN, PATCH, AND REPAIR
A clean home suggests that the owner has maintained the property. You don’t just want a tidy home, you want your home to sparkle. Clean the baseboards, the corners of the ceilings, and everything in between. You will also want to clean inside appliances like the refrigerator and the microwave and clean the window blinds and ceiling fan blades. While you are cleaning, make note of any nicks, scratches, holes, and other minor defects.
Fix any nicks, scratches, holes, and defects you find while cleaning. Remove scuffs from walls with a melamine foam eraser pad. Spackle and caulk where needed and touch up the paint where it has chipped or where there are marks and scuffs you can’t remove. Part of home staging, before you even get to the décor and furniture arranging, is making sure the home itself is as perfect as possible.
FRESHEN UP THE HOME
A few well-placed plants and flowers will add life into a space. You don’t want to clutter your home with plants, but you do want to spread some throughout the space. Place a nice vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen table and spread a few potted plants or succulents around the home. If you must, use fake plants; they will give the same visual impression.
Plants clean the air in the home and help to eliminate odors, but if you have other odors in the home, you will want to take care of those, as well. Always make sure to take the trash out of the home before a showing. If you have pets, ensure there are no pet odors. You could even purchase a couple of plug-in air fresheners, but make sure they are turned down to the lowest setting to be subtle.
BRIGHTEN UP THE HOME
You want as much light coming into your home as possible. The more light in the home, the more welcoming the home appears. Before a showing, be sure to open all the blinds and turn on all the lights in the home, including lamps and closet lights. This may sound extreme, but it prevents potential buyers from having to search for switches and allows them to get a full look at your home. And while you’re at it, hang some mirrors on the walls to optimize the light and space.
If you have the budget for it, you’ll want to paint the home neutral colors like gray, beige, or white. These neutral colors will also help to brighten up the home, but more importantly, they will allow the buyer to see the space for what it could be rather than what it is. Color is very personal and can turn buyers. Many buyers may love using color in the home, but their taste and yours may differ. Going neutral is always the safest choice for home staging.
REARRANGE THE FURNITURE
There needs to be as much open, walkable space as possible throughout your home. You’ll first want to put any extraneous furniture in storage—extra furniture counts as clutter. Also, get rid of any oversized pieces or pieces that are noticeably damaged. While you’re at it, remove any furniture that doesn’t blend in with or match the rest of the room.
A common misconception is that pushing furniture against the wall will make the room appear larger. The reality is that pulling furniture away from the wall will make the room feel bigger. Arrange your furniture into conversational groups and place your pieces so that the flow of traffic is obvious.
STAGE THE FRONT ENTRANCE
The front stoop/porch/entrance to your home is your buyer’s first impression of the property. First clear the space and power wash the front stoop to remove any dirt. If your front door is painted and has faded from sun exposure, give the door a fresh coat.
Once your front stoop has been thoroughly cleaned up, it’s time to add some décor. Remove any seasonal décor; you may have decorated for a holiday your buyer doesn’t celebrate. Add a simple doormat and a potted plant or two. Flowering plants are best as they add vibrant color and (depending on the plant) a pleasing scent. You want to keep this space simple yet welcoming.
STAGE THE MASTER BEDROOM
As stated earlier, the master bedroom is one of the rooms that has the greatest influence over a buyer’s decision. As such, you want this space to appeal to any buyer. If your bedroom is anything other than a neutral color, you will want to repaint it. The goal is to make the bedroom gender-neutral. Any décor or colors that are gender-specific may turn off a buyer who doesn’t identify with that gender.
Bedding is a one of the places in home staging where you may need to spend a little money. You want your bedding to be luxurious and welcoming in the same way a beautiful hotel room is welcoming (i.e. pillows, pillows, pillows). A great hack for a bedroom in your home without furnishing is to buy an inexpensive bedframe and put an air mattress in it. With bedding on the air mattress, a buyer will be none the wiser.
UPDATE THE KITCHEN
The kitchen may be the most important room for home staging. Before you think you need to do a complete overhaul on your kitchen, there are some less expensive improvements you can make. Stainless steel appliances are the trend. There is no need to replace your appliances if they are not stainless steel. There are paints and finishes that will mimic the look for a fraction of the cost.
If your cabinets are outdated, consider staining them before replacing. A fresh stain can give them new life. Or you could get new cabinet drawers and doors and paint the cabinet frames to match. Make sure to update your cabinet hardware if your hardware is old, damaged, or out of style.
UPDATE THE BATHROOM
Although the bathroom isn’t the most important room when it comes to influencing a buyer, a very outdated bathroom can be an issue. Like the kitchen, there is no need to remodel an outdated bathroom. There are a few simple things you can do to improve the appearance. The biggest culprit in an outdated bathroom is the tile. Rather than replace the tile, you can repaint it (click the link for instructions).
A fresh coat of paint on the walls can brighten things up, as well. Also, steer clear of colored towels. Replace all your towels with stark white towels. White towels give the appearance of a spa, especially if you roll them rather than fold them.
Hopefully, these home staging tips will help you to make your home look its best without a huge financial commitment. Home Clicks Realty wishes you the best of luck selling your home! and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.