Monday, March 11, 2019 / by Christian Robinson
One of the most common mistakes sellers make is assuming they need to sink a bunch of money into home staging. I feel that every home seller needs to stage their home to sell it efficiently, but when selling your home you do not need to spend a lot of money to stage your home.
Want to get your house in tiptop shape without spending a dime? Follow these home staging ideas that are 100% free.
The first step to staging your home is getting rid of personal items such as photos, albums, handmade items, trophies, and mementos—even the kids' artwork on the fridge. A buyer is looking to see if this is the home they want to live in. To do that, you have to remove yourself from the house.
Removing your personal items isn't easy. These are the things that make your house feel like your home. Keep in mind that it's only temporary. Pack them up and store them safely you will find somewhere to show them off in your new place.
All that stuff littering the surfaces of your home has to go. Everything in the house on the counters is a potential distraction. You want buyers looking at the home, not the stuff.
This means eliminating piles of mail and magazines, collections you have on display, knickknacks, and most other items that can easily be packed away.
3. Nix the extra storage
If you've been living in your current home for a while, you've probably come up with a lot of creative ways to store all of the items you've gathered over the years. Now that you're hoping to sell, it's time to get rid of them. Purge your house of any extra items you have stored creatively.
Eliminate any plastic storage bins, over-door storage, above-cabinet storage, and extra racks in rooms. This is important because buyers don't want to think they will outgrow a home. A seller's job is to show them there is plenty of storage space for them to grow into.
4. Deep clean
Even if you consider yourself and home fairly clean, you're probably going to need to do a little extra work to get your house ready for buyers.
Try to look at your home with a fresh perspective. Here's what you'll find is that living somewhere daily reduces the things you notice that might be a problem, like dirty walls, scuffs, scrapes, leaks, or even odors you have become accustomed to. Also, deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms. These areas of the home are generally the most cluttered and dirty.
It might help to ask a friend or family member to come by and help you find areas that need attention.
5. Change the furniture layout
Living in your home has caused you to place your furniture in the most convenient manner possible. Maybe you've placed your couch at an odd angle to keep the sun out of your eyes, or your armchair is in the middle of the room so you can better see the TV. Now for buyers, it's time to stage the room for optimal space and flow.
Room layouts should be set up for photos first. Furniture should be set up so that the room appears larger. The same goes for open houses and showings. Furniture creating barriers makes the room seem smaller.
6. Let in more light
Now that your home is clean and uncluttered, it's time to brighten things up so buyers can actually see it. You want natural light and lamps with warm light. Lamps are important, especially in winter months when there is less sun and sunset is earlier.
7. Reduce your furniture
If your house is filled to the brim with furniture, it's time to move some of it out. Keep only up-to-date furniture in excellent condition, and just a couple of accent pieces in each room. Move unneeded pieces to the basement, garage, or a storage facility until you're ready to move.
I feel that every home seller needs to stage their home to sell it efficiently. When selling your home you do not need to spend a lot of money to stage your home. The tips I've shared will do just that.