Professional stagers can cost anywhere from $500 to $3000 depending on the size of the house, but you can save money by staging the home yourself. The fact is staged homes sell faster! And organizing and getting rid of clutter actually helps your moving process go faster, too. Keep these 3 main rules in mind when you stage your home: De-clutter – De-accessorize – Rearrange.
1. Increase Curb Appeal
Remember, buyers get their first impression of your house from the outside, so this is the best place to start. Go around the perimeter of the house and get rid of outdoor clutter such as bicycles, tools, or old planters. Make sure front steps are swept and cleaned. Prune plants and trees and make sure they’re not blocking the home or the windows. Remove any dead plants and weeds. Keep your lawn freshly cut. Clear patios or decks of all small items like barbeque charcoal or toys.
2. Less is More
Most rooms have too many pieces of furniture. Remove at least one of them to thin the room out. Move furniture away from walls. Buyers should be able to freely move around the rooms, not bump into end tables and ottomans. Less furniture makes rooms look larger. And of course, de-clutter the rooms. Remove notes and postcards from the refrigerator, reduce the amount of books in shelves, and remove vases, statues, or clocks from tables.
3. Clean and Polish
When was the last time you cleaned the windows in your house? Get the Windex out! This is a simple inexpensive way to bring more light into rooms and make even older windows look new again. Wash curtain sheers. Shampoo rugs. Dust shelves. Counters, sinks, tubs, and appliances should sparkle. A bright, spotless house will appeal to buyers.
4. Let There Be Light
Multiple light sources add warmth and brightness to rooms. Well-staged rooms have layers of light: create ambiance by usingoverhead lighting, table lamps, and accent lights. Remember to light the outside of the home, too. Most Buyers work during the day and do not have the chance to drive by a house except at night. A well-lit home will give the home exterior a warm, inviting appearance.
5. Get Creative
Use clippings from your outdoor plants to add beautiful arrangements—at no cost— to rooms. A twisted tablecloth can be an attractive window valence. In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from the countertops, tubs, shower stall, and shelves. Roll up new towels and put them in decorative baskets. Replace old cabinet hardware to update the look of your kitchen. Make changes to rooms so buyers will want to spend time in them.
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