Staging Your Home Cheaply and Effectively
Selling your home is a lengthy and complex process that can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of years, depending on a number of different factors. And while you can’t affect some of them, there still are lots of things you can influence, and these are the things that will make or break your sale. So, if you too are in the process of selling your property, here are a few cheap and effective tricks that are guaranteed to help you.
Reorganize the furniture
You don’t have to purchase new furniture to introduce change into your home and there’s no need to spend a ton of money on refurnishing and redecorating your rooms so that potential owners will like them more. It’s all about creating a nice atmosphere and help the people who come to see your home understand that it’s a place where they can potentially live in the decades to come. Move furniture away from the walls, create an exciting space in the middle of the living room and let the buyers visualize what they can do with the rest of your furniture. And if you don’t want to take it with you, you can always negotiate its price, and thus make even more money than you’ve planned.
Clean and declutter
This might be the oldest trick in the book, but that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective – on the contrary! Cleaning and decluttering your home is something you should do on a regular basis whether you’re selling or not, but be sure to put in some extra work when you’re staging it and expecting potential buyers to show up. Remove all excess things from the seating area and don’t forget to keep your kids’ toys in one place instead of leaving them scattered them all over your home. Also, sweep all the surfaces, vacuum the floors and clean the windows – these things might not seem crucial, but definitely are something buyers focus on. By cleaning and decluttering, you’ll turn your home into a more spacious, open, inviting and enjoyable place everyone will fall in love right away.
Air quality and smells
This is another simple thing not that many people take into consideration, but just put yourself in the buyer’s position: imagine looking at a potential new home and stepping into a smelly and moldy place! This isn’t the first impression you want your home to make, so you need to do something about it. Keeping the windows open and letting some fresh air in is crucial, but you can also turn to a couple of tricks as well. Some homeowners bake a fresh batch of cookies that fill the air with an enjoyable and lovely smell, while the others prefer investing some money into air purifiers that ensure fresh air every single day. If you like the latter idea more, or just aren’t a fan of baking cookies, check out relevant air purifier ratings and find a model or two that might suit you and help you sell your home even faster.
Focus on the living room
This is another old and effective trick – instead of showing the buyers every corner of your home, focus on the most representative room and keep them there. Of course, you can’t prevent them from checking the bedroom, the kitchen and the bathroom, but you can do your best to encourage them to spend most of the time in the living room. Serve some refreshments there and offer them a place to sit, and they’ll be happy to do so. Before that, repaint the living room using one of the colors that boost the value of your home, or add a few inexpensive new pieces of furniture. If just one room of your home is absolutely perfect, the buyers will overlook some of the things they dislike and definitely make an offer.
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Writer: Lana Hawkins
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