As an agent, I hear it all the time, "Do I really need to 'stage' my house? Won't the right person walk in and just love it just as it is?" Well, yes, that is possible but not for the majority of people. People may love your home but you need to set the "stage" so they can see themselves living there. They need to see it as their home with their things. Staging does not mean you have to buy new things. There are simple ways to get your home ready.
1. Clean up the Clutter. We all collect things and often times they end up in the storage, garage, or closet because we just know one day we will use it. Now, four years later, not only have you not used it, but you forgot you even had it!
* Needed: Three tubs - Save, storage, and give-away & trash bags
* Set a timer for an hour
* Start in one corner of the room you want to declutter
* Ready....go! After an hour, take a break, and go again until the area is finished
2. Depersonalize. Yes, your wedding was beautiful and your oldest was adorable when she was a toddler. The problem with not putting away the photos and personal items is the buyer pictures you in the home and we want them to see themselves living there. Although it may be difficult to do, pack up the photos and put them away.
3. Clean. This is the most inexpensive way to stage your home. You want the buyer to see the beautiful counter and not the dust. Clean the baseboards, the corners and the ceiling fans. This is like spring cleaning to the extreme. Don't forget the windows, inside and out! Bathrooms and kitchens are where many buyers focus so be sure to give them a lot of care. Buyers will look in drawers, closets, ovens, under beds, and in the refrigerator so don't forget them. Just because you can shut a door doesn't mean it might not be seen.
4. Neutralize. Your son's favorite team was the Broncos so it only made sense to paint his room orange and blue. He loved it! New buyers might not and even though painting may seem to be an easy and inexpensive project for new buyers, it can make or break a deal. Buyers often do not want to walk into a home and instantly feel the need to paint, clean, etc. unless it is a flip house. Painting is a very inexpensive way to stage. Use neutral colors. Gray is the "in" color right now with buyers moving away from tans and beiges.
5. Modernize. Most people could use some updating in their home. Even changing small things like cabinet handles from gold to chrome or nickel can make a difference in how modern a room can appear. Some appliances can have an overlay that appears to be stainless steel applied to the front for a cleaner look. There are even special paints to use. If you can, replacing the appliances completely with stainless steel will not only give the kitchen a cleaner look, but also the buyers will be told there are new appliances in the home. - one less thing for them to worry about and possibly a higher offer for your home.
Obviously there are many other ways to stage but if money is tight, these are some good things to start with. If you would like more information on selling your home and how to prepare, get in touch with me and we can talk about the process and options.
I am a real estate broker, attorney and mediator. I am blogging from my own ideas and perspective. Although I am a licensed attorney, these are not intended to be legal advise.