10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget

10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget

You’ve decided to sell your home and you want to get top dollar for it. Let’s explore 10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget.

The good news is there are many things you can do to spruce up the look of your home without shelling out a lot of money.

“Updating isn’t as expensive as it used to be,” says Lori Matzke, author of “Home Staging: Creating Buyer-Friendly Rooms to Sell Your House” and a home staging expert. “There’s a lot of DIY information out there.”

First impressions matter, and that’s why you want to start by making sure your home exudes curb appeal. Go with small do-it-yourself projects. Cut the grass, trim bushes, get rid of dead branches and plant flowers. Replacing the mailbox and house numbers and painting the front door can also make your home more appealing. If the house looks dirty, wash the siding or stucco.

“I’ve seen houses that look frumpy on the outside and great on the inside,” Matzke says, “but you can’t get [potential buyers] in the door.”

Prospective buyers often can’t see past the homeowners’ decor to what’s important – the floor plan and the space. That’s why it’s important to make the home look as appealing as possible.

“People get so stuck on the negatives, all the homeowner’s stuff, that they forget to look at the property,” Matzke says.

Sellers should give themselves a few weeks to get their homes ready for sale, especially if they need to take up carpet or repaint. While painting is fairly simple compared with other improvements, a new coat makes a significant impact.

“Fresh paint is a good seller,” Matze says. “Do it in trendy neutral colors.” Painting dated kitchen cabinets can also make the kitchen look fresh and new.

You also want to make sure your home photographs well. Most buyers start their home search online, and they may quickly reject a home if the listing photos aren’t appealing.

There’s no rule of thumb about how much to spend getting your home ready to sell because every house is different. But investing a few thousand dollars could increase your sale price by much more than that, in addition to making your house sell more quickly.

Here are 10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget:

Remove clutter, personal photos, knickknacks and junk. “Cleaning out clutter just creates so much space, and that’s what people are looking for – space,” Matzke says. “It makes your home look bigger and younger.”

Edit your furniture. If your rooms are crowded, consider putting bigger pieces of furniture in storage. This will open up space and make your home look larger. Make sure there is nothing obscuring buyers’ eyes from focal points, like fireplaces and views.

Clean, clean – then clean some more. Wash windows, clean cobwebs and scrub grout in tile floors. Even though you’re not selling the furniture, clean that as well because it adds to the overall impression.

Spruce up the outside. Add a new doormat, new house numbers and maybe a new mailbox. Paint the front door. The little stuff matters.

Refresh your landscape. Clean up flower beds, add fresh mulch and plant flowers. Make sure bushes are trimmed.

Paint. In some cases, paint inside and out. In other cases, touching up might be enough. Paint over your kids’ purple walls with a neutral color. If your kitchen cabinets look dated, paint those. You can never go wrong with white, cream or brown, but you should pick a color that matches the rest of the kitchen decor.

Clean or replace light fixtures and cabinet hardware. “It’s an inexpensive undertaking, but it makes a difference,” Matzke says.

Don’t forget the small stuff. Pay attention to details, says Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. “New, matching towel sets, accent pillows and fresh flowers can be welcoming elements,” she says.

If you can afford it, replace old carpeting. If your home has hardwood floors underneath, that’s even better. Ideally, you should refinish floors but just exposing them is good, Matzke says.

Make sure each room has a defined purpose. If you’ve turned your dining room into an office, return it to dining room status, Matzke says.

Read the original article, 10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget, here.

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