Staging your home is a great way to help your home sell faster. Hiring someone to stage your home can cost upwards of $12,000, but there are tons of easy ways you can stage your home yourself, so check out our 9 tips below to get you started!
1) Declutter and Organize
The single most important thing you can do when getting your home ready to sell is to declutter it. Clear and organize drawers, closets and storage spaces, as well as bookshelves, tables and counters. This is the time to clear out that junk drawer and re-organize the closets (which will help with your move anyway!). Expect potential buyers to look everywhere, and this includes medicine cabinets and linen closets. Clear out any extra clutter, and consider buying some wicker baskets and lined containers to tidy-up storage spaces.
2) Clean-up the Bathrooms
The cleaner the bathroom, the higher the perceived value of your home. Peeling grout and lime stains suggest future repair projects to buyers, and can be a very fast turn-off. You should scrub grout, tiles, baseboards, toilets and shower. Don’t forget to clean all the hardware, including spigots and handles.
3) Include Bright, Warm-Lighting
Lighting is very important in making your home look beautiful. Aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet of space, and try to use 3 different light sources in each room. The combination of different light sources will give the home a cozy, elegant feel.
4) Re-purpose Rooms
If you have a room or space that is currently just used for storage or junk, consider re-purposing it to showcase its potential. Do you have a small space at the top of the stairs that is filled with boxes? Consider placing a desk and a chair, and voila, you’ve got an office! Other options include creating a small home gym area, a meditation room, or a study.
5) Smell Matters
Got pets? Pets can leave undesirable scents around the house, particularly if you have litter boxes or cages so be sure to move these items to the laundry room or garage, and consider using essential oil diffusers or plug-in scents to make your home smell clean and inviting.
6) Consider Curb Appeal
First impressions matter, and home selling is no exception. Be sure to clean-up outside your home: trim bushes, mow the lawn, and freshen up the paint. For example, a power washer is a simple way to give driveways, porches and decks a quick face-lift.
7) Showcase Your Tech
Does your home have a built-in security system? Motion sensors, cameras or remote thermostat control? It’s important to make sure that your realtor knows all the smart home features that are integrated into the home and that they are clean and and finger-print free.
8) Fill Your Home with Flowers, Herbs, and Plants
Fresh plants, flowers and herbs are a great way to make a home feel fresh, clean and vibrant. Cut flowers can get expensive over time, so consider potted plants or herbs to add some green to kitchen counters and side tables. Orchids and succulents look great on shelves and tables, and basil, sage, rosemary or chives all complement a kitchen window well.
9) Consider Virtual Staging
Feel like your home needs too much work to make it presentable? Consider virtual staging for empty rooms, rooms that require extensive renovation, or spaces you simply aren’t sure what to do with. VHT Studios will place furniture and decorations in a room to make it look more appealing, but all the furnishings are computer-generated. It costs around $199 per picture but can be a great money-saver for rooms that need more of an overhaul.