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With thousands, maybe even millions of residential properties currently being staged for, how do you ensure yours attracts the eyes of potential buyers?
The housing market is on the rise, which means that the competition is fiercer than ever, and those who are planning to stage their home will have to take advantage of all the tricks they have up their sleeves to ensure the sale is successful.
Rent the furniture
In an ideal situation, you would buy a few pieces of new furniture to swap the old ones and elevate the overall look, but when your pockets are not deep enough, you might look into the renting options.
That way you can get furniture at a low price to stage a home for only a couple of hours and take it back to the rental company as soon as the buyers leave.
Use paint minimally
While most will tell you that for an expensive look, you need a soft, neutral base like beige to radiate sophistication without making the space feel sterile, this shade will not be imprinted in a buyer’s memory.
As repainting the entire home can be quite expensive, especially if you’re not so handy yourself and have to hire professionals, we advise you to find a focal point – be it a bay window or fireplace – accentuate it with a pop of color that will match the design of the furniture.
Redecorate the outdoors
Focusing on sprucing up the interior and neglecting the backyard is a rookie mistake. While you’re redesigning the inside of your home to emit a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the jungle in the back might scare them away.
If you notice bare patches on the lawn after the mowing, mask them with green spray paint and potted (maybe even plastic) plants. Your driveway and garage door should be spotlessly clean, alongside the patio, as if you are organizing a Sunday brunch.
You can also consider installing affordable awnings, as these can play a significant role in the process of sale – think of a warm summer day, in which you take potential buyers to a back yard to seize the deal, comfortably seated in a shade protected patio, surrounded with rich greenery – the setting can make or break the deal.
And we don’t mean just throwing out whatever can be considered trash – we’re talking about getting rid of all the miniature dust collectors, and yes all of that old grandma’s furniture.
Those old furniture pieces can be huge and have a spot in your heart but if you don’t want to get rid of them completely find a close-by and let the professionals take care of your assets.
As a result, it will be much easier to clean up between the presentations, but will at the same time open up space, making it more attractive to a potential buyer. Let the focus be on a few major pieces staged in such a way to create defined areas – sitting, dining, or working space.
Fix up the lightning
Especially if you’re trying to expand a particular room visually, you’ll want to ensure as much natural light enters as possible. While you’re decluttering, take out the drapes, at least the heavy ones, and swap them for light window treatments that come at a much lower price.
Furthermore, if you have mirrors in the house, place them opposite the window to both reflect more light and visually increase the depth of the space. Fix all the lighting fixtures and burn out bulbs – if the buyer has a 9 to 5 job, it’s highly likely they’ll arrive late in the evening, and you want the home to be presented in the best light.
Upscale the bathroom
Old bathrooms tend to repel people, regardless of the opinion they’ve formed about the rest of the house. The reason behind this lies in the fact that bathroom renovations can cost up to several thousands of dollars, and many buyers are looking for a home that will require minimal investment.
Your job is to show them that with a few tricks and decorative items, all the imperfections can be masked. Put up a new shower curtain, match it with one or a few fluffy rugs and towels, and already you’ll up the design of the place. You can also include a few candles and a flower piece for a more romantic feel.
Minimal investment of your time and money can result in great profit in a not-so-distant future. In the end, just put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and ask yourself – do I see myself in this home?