As a seller, you get one chance to make a first impression that makes a potential home buyer want to see more of your house. Staging your home is one way to make your home more appealing to buyers. You may think that staging your house will empty the bank account, but here are some money saving tips to help you stage your home on a budget.
Begin with Curb Appeal
Grab their attention as soon as they pull into the driveway. Charm them with the outside views, and they will be happy to check out the inside of the house. Quite a few of the items in this list will cost you nothing but effort and time. That’s good news for the wallet.
- Look around the property with a critical eye and remove unnecessary decorations, toys, and debris.
- Store bicycles, skateboards, and other riding toys.
- Freshen the flowerbeds with new bedding.
- Keep the lawn and shrubs neatly trimmed.
- Plant few colorful flowers. Place a nice potted plant on the porch.
- Rearrange outdoor seating areas in conversational settings.
- Make sure all the outdoor lighting is working correctly. Replace any burnt out or dim bulbs.
- If you have a pool, keep it free of debris.
- Clean outdoor grills or cooking surfaces.
Kitchens Sell Houses
If you’ve ever watched a home improvement show, you know how important kitchens are to potential home buyers. It doesn’t cost anything to deep clean your kitchen and do a few things to make the space more appealing.
- Clean the space where appliances meet your cabinets and counters.
- Clean above cabinets, wipe down baseboards, and clean the stove vent.
- Check the drip pan under your refrigerator.
- Replace burnt out or dim bulbs.
- Keep the area around the sink free of sponges, clothes, and scrubbers.
- Remove magnets and photos from surfaces in the kitchen.
- Organize your cabinet and pantry items.
- Remove any themed decor and keep things neutral.
- Remove distractions and obstructions from kitchen windows. Natural lighting is a big plus.
Make the Living Room Special
Look at your living room with an objective eye. Making the following adjustments won’t cost you a thing, and they could make all the difference when a buyer sees the room.
- Remove large furniture pieces that make the room look crowded.
- Clean windows, blinds, and curtains.
- Remove personal collections and photographs from the room. Potential buyers want to see themselves living in this space.
- Put away toys. If you have small children, this could prove a challenge. Make picking up toys with a moment’s notice a game.
- Dust and clean lamps, ceiling fans, and baseboards.
Neutral Bedrooms are Best
While you may adore the bright pink bedroom, the chances that you’ll find a potential home buyer who feels the same is slim. It’s worth investing in a few cans of paint to make things appeal to a broad range of buyers. Painting will cost you a bit of money, but there are other things you can do that won’t.
- Clean out the closets. Remove all items from the floor. Organize clothing. It’s a plus if all your hangers match.
- Remove large pieces of furniture that make the room look small.
- Put away hampers and baskets.
- Remove personal collections and themed decorations.
- Remove anything from your closets or drawers that could prove to be embarrassing for you or a potential buyer.
With a bit of time and effort, you can make things look appealing without cleaning out your bank account in the process.
The best source of information about local communities and real estate topics is your real estate agent. Give Michael Lewicki a call today at 613-829-1818 to learn more about the area, discuss selling your house, or tour available homes for sale.