Selling your home opens up a long list of questions – How much will it cost? Can I do it quickly? Will anyone want to buy it?! But fear not, as there are several ways you can save money by staging a house for sale yourself.
There could be many reasons why you’d want to move to a new home. Whatever they are, making the process as inexpensive as possible will help you in the long run. So, that’s why Volition Removals have compiled a list of ways to conduct home staging yourself. Because you want to save on the cost of a professional stager, right? If so, the good news is that none of their tricks should cost you a penny.
Home staging can sell your home faster
Home staging is where properties are ‘dressed up’ to make them more attractive to prospective buyers. And usually it works. Almost 8 out of 10 estate agents say home staging makes buyers more likely to visualize the property as their home. So, by staging a home for sale you could sell your home much quicker. Plus, by doing so, you’ll be making the right steps towards getting a higher offer for your home.
5 tips for staging a home for sale
Here are 5 easy ways to do home staging yourself:
1. Declutter and depersonalise
Of course, when you spend a lot of time in your own home you want it to reflect your personality. But the way you like things to lay things out may not be appealing to everyone else.
So, make your first step a commitment to reducing your clutter. When did you last have a clear out of old, unused items? Do you have piles of papers lying around? Or are your wardrobes and cupboards full of stuff? Be strict in giving things away or donating them to charity. For any waste items destined for the dump, some apps can help with collecting them.
2. Check for repairs
Over time, you may have got used to imperfections in your home. For instance, it’s easy to stop noticing cracks in the walls. You may have also covered up minor defects with rugs or furniture.
Make sure to inspect your home for defects and carry out any repairs. Marks, scratches, cracks, or broken furniture can all hinder your chances for successful home staging. Doing repairs yourself is also an excellent way to save money.
3. Clean and tidy up
No-one wants dirt, dust, or bad hygiene in a new home. So, spruce things up using simple detergents, cloths, or sponges. It’s also important to have a fresh-smelling atmosphere. So, keep your windows and doors open during the day to let air circulate. After all, your home will need it after all that cleaning!
Also, remember to make a great first impression by tidying up the front of your home. Check the condition of your door, its frame, and any bells or door-knockers. Also, remove unsightly weeds, leaves, or overgrown shrubs and think about how to arrange your potted plants.
By putting in the time to make your home look great on the outside, you’ll be bound to add a wow factor.
4. Show your storage space
Space comes at a premium these days. So if your potential buyers aren’t sure they’ll have enough of it, then you could lose out. This is where you should maximize storage space indoors, but also outdoors.
Do your wardrobes have plenty of space for clothes and shoes? Are your side cupboards clear, and do they have plenty of shelves for storage? Is there a garage, loft, or basement that’s clear and able to store large items?
Even in the smallest of apartments, there are plenty of ways to get creative and make the most of your storage space.
5. Keep it simple
Clean, white walls will make your property more appealing to buyers. And if you can’t go for white walls, make sure you apply simple colours. It’s also important to match these colours with the rest of the room. So, make sure curtains, carpets, rugs, and furniture are clean, simple, and show off the available space.
Good lighting can also help. So, if you have mirrors, make sure they reflect some light into the room. This will help to make the room appear bigger.
So, staging a house for sale is all about keeping things light, simple, clean, and elegant.