Staging is an essential and profitable part of the home selling process. Staging your home to showcase its qualities can only increase its final sale price. On average, people receive a $2 increase in sales price for every $1 they spend to organize a home.
When arranging your home for sale, there are five golden rules to keep in mind as you go through each room in your home.
Five golden rules:
The buyer must imagine himself in the house, not you. That wedding photo may mean a lot to you, but the buyer is a distraction from seeing a home for their family.
Organize and maximize the space in your home. Closets cluttered with all your clothes make a place short on closet space. Consider temporarily storing the overflow off-site.
This rule of thumb is the easiest and cheapest way to organize your home: clean it up. A sink full of dirty dishes is as unappealing to you as it would be to the buyer. Cleaning floors, walls, baseboards, ceiling fans, and windows is worth the effort.
Unless your home has exceptional vintage built-ins, every home could use some updating. If someone feels that the house is dated, they will reflect that feeling in a lower offer. Consider some simple changes, like swapping expensive fixtures for nickel or chrome.
Color can make or break a buyer’s interest in your home. You may love that punchy red wall, but all the potential buyer sees is a lot of paint in their future because red clashes with their style. The painting is one of the cheapest ways to change the look of a house.
Clear cabinets of unnecessary clutter and organize them to maximize the amount of open storage space you’re showing off to potential buyers. Use boxes stacked together to keep up and hide clutter.
Use matching hangers for clothes – Hooks are cheap so spending on higher quality hangers is cheap so celebrating on higher quality hangers to replace free wire hangers from the dry cleaner will modernize your closets with a punch look and feel more luxurious.
A quick and inexpensive way to improve the curb appeal of your bedroom is to use gender-neutral colors by touching up paint jobs and re-accessorizing for as much curb appeal as possible. Color coordinate where possible bedspreads, walls, curtains, etc. you should have a clear theme for your colors if possible.
If the walls are dirty, spray them with a standard spray bottle filled with a mixture of one part bleach and one part water, then apply a fresh coat of paint.
Clear countertops of all but the essentials to make the space look more open and spacious.
Update your outdated cabinets; They can be touched up for less than $200 with a coat of new wood stain or even a good coat of sanded paint. Replacing brass or wood cabinet hardware with brushed silver or stainless steel is also an effective way to update outdated cabinets.