Making a fantastic first impression is vital to generating interest in your home — and ultimately getting great returns on it. Use the following DIY staging tips to save money and make your home inviting and welcoming to potential buyers.
Sort through your belongings:
One of the first things you need to do is to remove any clutter and excess items. Doing so will make your home look more spacious and clean. Take a critical look at your stuff and determine whether it should be tossed, donated or stored.
- Toss anything that you haven’t used in more than two years as well as anything that is just in bad shape.
- Donate items that you no longer use unless to a charitable organization in your area. You can sell higher-value items on local classified sites or you can have a garage sale.
- Store items that you can’t part with in a storage unit or a pod.
Clean, clean, and clean some more:
It’s time to scrub! Dust the blinds, wipe down the ceiling fans, wash all the windows, use a rug doctor on the carpets, shine up the floors, wipe down the baseboards, take a magic eraser to scuffs on the walls, deep clean the bathrooms… the list goes on and on. This step will take some time, but a house that’s been deep cleaned makes a noticeably better first impression than one that’s simply been picked up. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, check sites like Groupon for deals from local cleaning companies.
Make the interior welcoming:
When prospective buyers walk into your home, they should see a visually pleasing area that is bright, spacious and smells pleasant. Remove any furniture that makes the room look small and place mild-scented candles and vases of flowers strategically throughout the main living area. Make sure you highlight amenities such as a bay window by situating furniture or decor in a way that accentuates it.
Pay attention to the exterior:
Your home’s exterior needs to be well groomed and neat. Weed flower beds or plant new ones to bring a burst of color to your yard and make sure your lawn furniture is clean and in good repair. Ask a friend to drive by and take a critical look at your home’s exterior and get their feedback. Also, take some time yourself to look at other homes that are listed in your neighborhood and see how your home compares. If you notice opportunities for improvement, focus on making those things happen.
Staging your home doesn’t have to be an expensive venture. The DIY route can prove to be budget friendly while still delivering top notch results.