Some claim they can spot a “hero” from a “zero” in a second. However, more often than not, we need a closer look. The latter could not be more true when it comes to selling and buying a home.
If a potential buyer is about to put down their life’s savings for a new house, they are going to take a slow and detailed look around. After all, you probably did the same when you moved into your current house. As such, there are a few effective ways to stage a home for sale without breaking the budget or hiring a professional staging company.
1. Declutter & Depersonalize
There are certain spaces throughout the home made for storage such as the attic, basement, closets and so forth. Over the years, you have more than likely accumulated more clothes, toys and “junk” then you care to admit, but were not ready to get rid of them just yet. Either way, it’s time to organize and move it out.
Make sure your closets are as organized as can be. Better yet, if they are big, remove some clothes to show off its space. Everyone loves a big closet. Also, make sure all items in your attic and basement are either attractive or taken to an off-site storage unit. They are not as expensive as you might think.
Then, try to remove some personal items related to your family or religious beliefs. The purpose of seeing a house is to imagine yourself living there. It’s going to be tough with all your family pictures all over. As such, before you move or stage your house, it’s best to pack away all pictures, religious items, and sports paraphernalia.
2. Make Easy Updates & Clean
There are big updates like adding a swimming pool or fixing a shaky foundation, but there are others that any homeowner can do. Fortunately, there are a few easy updates that can make or break your home sale.
Painting is, of course, the first. Make sure you cover up that bold green you added to the bathroom years ago. Your family may love it, but more often than not, potential buyers will not share the same taste. As such, it’s a good idea to cover any bold-colored walls with a neutral color. If you need some help, see what it costs to hire professional painters near you.
After you’re done painting, it’s time to really get your hands dirty. Before you stage your home, you must clean everything (and I mean everything). That includes:
- All bathrooms
- Grout between your tile and backsplash
- Behind large pieces of furniture
- Back of the cabinets
- Basements and attics
All in all, clean everything!
3. Improve Curb Appeal
Even with a pristine house, potential buyers will not step inside if the outside of your home looks like it has been neglected for years. As much care as you put inside the house needs to be shown to both the front and backyards as well.
Mowing the lawn and clearing it of any debris or toys are no-brainers. Other, more imperative tasks you should complete before listing your home are:
- Add inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers
- Pressure-clean the exterior of the house, driveway, and sidewalk
- Paint the front door
In fact, some argue that you should replace your front door. It has proven time and time again to garner one of the highest home remodeling return on investments.
Tip: If you really want to keep things simple, add a bench and a vase of flowers on your front porch.
4. Conceal Pets
As much as I love dogs and a few other pets, they can sadly prevent a strong candidate from buying your home. Some potential buyers do no want to live in a house that has been occupied by a cat, dog or various other animals. Given the mess or smell some animals accumulate, it’s understandable.
Therefore, remove your pet from your home and hide all food bowls, chew toys, and kitty litter boxes. Make sure you thoroughly vacuum your carpets and upholstery to remove all traces of pet hair.
For more tips on moving or preparing your home for sale, please check out the Unpakt blog.