Staging your home is an important part of the home selling process, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to make things look appealing for potential home buyers. We’ve put together several home staging tips that won’t empty your bank account.
What can I do to enhance the curb appeal?
First of all, you’re on the right track! Don’t minimize the importance of curb appeal when it comes to bringing in home buyers. If your front yard looks like a habitat for pink flamingos, you might find people driving away just as fast as they pull in the driveway.
Take some time to walk around and pick up toys, debris, and excessive decorations. Place bicycles, skateboards, and sports equipment in a location that is out of sight.
Your lawn should be well manicured and flowerbeds weeded. Consider putting fresh wood chips or mulch in flowerbeds to freshen up the look.
Walk around with a critical eye and look for hazards such as wasp nests, holes in the ground, or anything that could cause injury to someone checking out your property. Remember to check the surroundings at night. Potential buyers may drive by in the evenings. All outdoor lighting should be working properly.
Does your house look a bit dirty from the elements? Rent a power washer, or hire someone else to do the job. This is a small expense that could make a strong impression.
What about my outdoor entertainment areas?
Outdoor patios and pools can be big selling points. You’ll want to make sure the pool is clean and inviting. Place outdoor seating in a welcoming manner than encourages conversation. People want to see themselves entertaining family and friends. Inspire them without distracting them.
My outside space looks great. Now, what about the kitchen?
Often, a home seller will spend thousands of dollars updating their kitchen in the hopes of impressing potential buyers. While this may be needed in some cases, there are other things you can do to maximize the appeal of your kitchen without renovating.
Do a deep cleaning that targets areas not usually considered on a normal cleaning schedule. Clean the top of cabinets, under the sink, and the space where appliances meet counters. Clean any light fixtures or fans, and replace dim bulbs.
Open your cabinets and look at them with a critical eye. Remove dated items and organize things in an orderly manner. Sort canned goods and boxed items according to size or type. This shows buyers that you pay attention to the small details when it comes to taking care of your home.
Remove magnets from the door of the refrigerator, photos from the shelves, and pack away your collections. While you may be proud of your kitchen gnome collection, a potential home buyer might not feel the same way. Keep things neutral and free of themed décor. You want the buyer to see themselves in the kitchen. Being surrounded by your items makes this difficult.
What could I possibly do to the living room to make it better?
You spend a lot of time in your living room, and potential home buyers will be checking out the space to see how it will work for their household. Remove extra pieces of furniture that make the room look crowded. Buyers appreciate a home that looks open and lets in natural light. Clean windows, curtains, and other window treatments.
Pick up toys and remove personal items. If you have small children, this may become a challenge. Make it a game for smaller children, and impress upon older children the importance of this part of the home selling process. Your home may need to be ready for showing within minutes of a call from your real estate agent. Create a plan for making this happen.
There’s nothing to be done in the bedrooms, right?
Wrong. Bedrooms need your attention, too. Clean out closets. Replace old, mixed hangers with matching hangers. Remove items from the closet floor. Organize clothing according to color, style, or use. Make sure the bedroom furniture is suited to the size of the room. Remove pieces that aren’t necessary to avoid overcrowding. Neutral décor is best when it comes to bedrooms, and this includes the paint on the walls. Repainting a brightly colored pink room to a color with wider appeal could help sell your home.
As you can see, it doesn’t cost a lot of money to make improvements and get your house show ready.
Call Central MD Homes today at 410-790-1345 to discuss selling your house or to tour available homes for sale.