When you’ve made the decision to sell your home, there are probably a few tasks going through your mind in terms of ways to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. You could renovate and upgrade rooms to make them more modern, or fix up and repair any lingering issues to help sweeten the deal for anyone interested in your home, or simply redecorate so your personalized decor becomes more attractive to a wider number of people.
One aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked is your home’s staging. If your home-selling budget doesn’t have room to account for a professional stager, there are ways to do it yourself that can still make your home look its best. Here are some tips on how to stage your home yourself.
Understand the goal of staging
Staging a home is a process that makes your home look like it’s a showroom. You strategically arrange furniture and decor for mass appeal and to make your home look its best while you show it to potential buyers. This could mean refreshing furniture you have to make it look cleaner and more modern, or moving all your furnishings out and renting furniture and decor for a more polished and less lived-in look.
The goal is to get potential buyers to imagine your home as their own. Having furniture unique to your personal tastes won’t give people that inspirational feeling of what they can achieve in the space, which is why proper staging and property styling is so important when it comes to selling your home.
Prioritize important rooms for staging
If you’re renting staging furniture and are on a budget, consider picking the most important rooms to really decorate fully, so you can get the most bang for your buck. Rooms like the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen are considered important places for staging because they’re the most lived-in rooms in the home.
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Clear out clutter
In a showroom, every object has a distinct purpose and place. For example, adding simple yet attractive knick-knacks like Ecoya scented candles or small glass sculptures can make the room look modern and put together without looking too cluttered.
Your home should mimic this look, so pare down and clear out any clutter or personal knick-knacks and instead opt for something that still looks great is but is not so personal to you. This gives people the opportunity to imagine their own bits and pieces of clutter there instead.
However, it isn’t enough to move them out of sight in places like closets or under the bed, because potential buyers will most likely open those up and peek into those places to see how roomy the space is, so it’s better to box them up and remove them from your home entirely.
Deep clean your home
Once the clutter is cleared away, it’s time to do a deep clean of your entire house. If you have it in the budget to hire a cleaner, you may decide to let them take care of the hard cleaning work. Otherwise, spend a weekend and make everything sparkle, air out the house, and wash any furniture that pets sit on to avoid any pet odors.