In today’s slumping real estate market, it can be tough to sell your home. The expert’s advise to do two things: Sell your home at a reasonable price and stage your home. When your home is empty (or full of too much stuff), it doesn’t have the appeal of a home with a nice comfortable furniture layout. The few hundred dollars you spend on home staging can translate into an extra thousand dollars or more at the final sale. So what’s stopping you from staging your home right now?
The first step in home staging is to remove any clutter from around the home. Clutter can be a deal breaker. And it’s not just the pile of laundry by the washer that’s considered clutter.
Paintings, wall coverings, knick knacks, trinkets, family photos and other “busy” looking areas of the home should be de-cluttered. Go over your home and remove a few things, then go back and do it again.
If your home doesn’t resemble a hospital surgery room, then you need to get cleaning. While clutter is can be a deal breaker, if you’re home isn’t clean then it’s not going to sell.
Smells can be the worst. The saying goes if you can smell it, you can’t sell it. That includes masking odors with potpourri or other smelly cover ups. Cover up sprays and incense immediately screams, “There’s something stinky in here and they want to cover it up.” Avoid overpowering good smells just like avoiding overpowering bad smells.
Now that everything’s clean and clutter free, you can add some color. Paint the front door for added curb appeal. Interior walls and floors should remain neutral in tone, but don’t be afraid to add color elsewhere to make it pop.
Color can be added without paint. Bedspreads, curtains and rugs all add a blast of color without overpowering the naturalness of the rest of the houses neutral tones.