When you’re selling your home, first impressions matter. You want potential buyers to see your home as a welcoming and inviting space that they can see themselves living in. One of the best ways to achieve this is through home staging. Home staging is the process of preparing your home for sale by making it look its best. While hiring a professional home stager can be expensive, there are plenty of ways to stage your home on a budget. With a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can stage your home yourself and save money in the process. Here are 6 tips for staging your home on your own:
Make a good first impression
The exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see when they pull up to your house. So, take some time to spruce up your curb appeal. Power wash the exterior of your home, tidy up your landscape, and add a few potted plants near the front door. If your front door looks a little dated, consider giving it a makeover with a new coat of paint or some new hardware. All these things will help create a good first impression and make your home more inviting.
Declutter, depersonalize, and deep clean
When potential buyers walk into your home, you want them to be able to imagine themselves living there. Declutter your home by removing anything and everything you don’t need. Once you’ve gone through and decluttered, take a step back and see if there are any additional pieces of furniture or decor that could be removed to make the space appear even more spacious. Now is also a great time to go through your closets and remove any clothes or shoes you no longer wear (this will be helpful during the move!).
Then, you will want to depersonalize by removing personal items like family photos or collections that might distract buyers from seeing your home as their future home. You want prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in the space, and it’s hard for them to do that when they’re constantly being reminded that it’s someone else’s home.
A well-staged home is always impeccably clean, so now is the time to break out the cleaning supplies and get to work! Clean your home from top to bottom, and remember those often-forgotten spots like ceiling fans, baseboards, and light fixtures.
Give your walls a fresh coat of paint
A fresh coat of paint is one of the most affordable ways to transform the look of your home. When choosing paint colors, opt for light and neutral shades, as they help make rooms look larger and more open. Switching up dark walls with lighter colors will brighten up the space and make it more appealing to potential buyers.
Let there be light
Lighting plays a significant role in how we perceive space, so it’s important to ensure each room is well-lit. Open all the curtains and blinds before potential buyers come over so natural light can flood into each room. If there are any dark corners, consider adding additional lighting fixtures like table lamps or floor lamps to brighten things up. And if any rooms feel particularly small or cramped, try hanging mirrors on walls opposite windows to reflect light and make the space feel larger.
Bring in some fresh flowers or greenery
Adding some fresh flowers or greenery is an easy and inexpensive way to add color and life to any room in your house. Flowers help rooms smell nice and feel more inviting, while potted plants can help make a bathroom or kitchen feel more welcoming. Place flowers or plants in strategic locations throughout your house so that every room has a touch of life without feeling cramped or cluttered.
Add some accessories thoughtfully
Accessories like pillows, blankets, candles, and vases can help give rooms personality without making them feel cluttered or busy. When adding accessories, less is more. A few well-chosen accessories can go a long way in making a room feel warm and inviting.
Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive; with a bit of creativity, you can stage your own home on a budget. These 6 home staging tips will make your home looking its best without breaking the bank. Staging your home before putting it on the market will give you an edge over other sellers and help you sell your home faster.
Are you considering your next move? Contact us today; we can assist you in displaying your home in its best light.