Affordable and Simple Staging Steps to Help Your Home Wow Potential Buyers
Guest Blogger with DIYDAD
If you’re selling your home, you know that having the right marketing can help your listing reach more potential buyers. Achieving this means working with an experienced listing agent, but it also means taking the necessary steps to help your property look its best in photos and in-person. Luckily, those steps don’t have to take a lot of time, effort or expense if you know which steps can make the most difference.
1. Putting Bulky or Oversized Items into Storage
When you’re staging your home for showings and open houses, you want to start with as clean a slate as possible. So before you do anything else, clear out some space by relocating excess furniture or other large items to a storage unit. Using online search tools, you can easily find the best prices on local storage and check for units where you can pay by the week or month. In and around Carmel, IN, the smallest storage units start as low as $10 per month, but larger units will cost considerably more. Removing larger pieces can give your home the illusion of more space, and allow you to really show off the potential of each room to buyers. You can then use any smaller furniture items to showcase focal points and make the most of your home’s layout.
2. Removing Family Photos and Personal Items
Another reason to rent a storage unit when your home is being shown to potential buyers is to have a safe spot to store your personal photos and belongings. Too many photos in a home can actually turn people off from making an offer on that property. That’s why most listing agents will have you depersonalize your space before taking any photos or scheduling any showings. If you have time, try to take personal items out of every room in the home, but if you are short on time, know that focusing on the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom may be enough. Check with your listing agent to see what other depersonalization steps you need to take, like removing signs of pets.
3. Deep Cleaning and Decluttering All Spaces
With furniture and personal items removed, you should take advantage of the emptiness and complete a ceiling-to-floor deep cleaning of your home. Go through each room separately, starting at the top, and end with the floors and baseboards. As you work through your rooms, you also need to be sure that storage areas are well-organized, including closets, since these little spaces can really help sell your home. You can use inexpensive baskets (you can get a pack of 5 on Amazon for $34.99) to really pull your closets together with minimal effort and time, but don’t forget to declutter your belongings as you go along. Consider getting rid of anything you have not used in a year, or put items you’re not sure about into storage.
4. Creating a Positive First Impression for Buyers
Staging a property for photos and open houses should take all rooms and spaces into consideration, but it’s also important to keep in mind that first impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. With this in mind, you really want to make sure that certain areas of your home really stand out in a good way to prospective homebuyers. Start with some simple and inexpensive curb appeal projects that will spruce up the outside of your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door, make over your mailbox, or add some potted plants. These small touches can improve your home’s first impression in photos and in-person. Back inside, you will want to refresh your entryway, especially if it’s on the small side. Be sure to choose the right furniture and add ample lighting for a welcoming feel.
Selling a home takes the right marketing and the right listing agent, but proper staging can help your listing photos, showings, and open houses really wow potential buyers, too. Best of all, you can use effortless and inexpensive tricks to help show off your property’s potential and impress shoppers. The above tips will help you secure better and faster offers on your listing.
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