If you’ve been talking to a real estate agent about putting your house on the market, then you’re probably already aware of the fact that one of the best things that you can do in order to get the best possible offer as well as speed up the sale of your home is to make sure that it’s properly staged.
Now initially, this might seem like it’s a grueling and expensive project but the reality is that there are several affordable things that you can do within a few hours’ time that can have your house ready for viewing.
For five great tips on staging your home for an open house, keep reading below:
Clean up your curb. Before someone notices just how awesome your house is, they have to get pass to the front yard (and mailbox and driveway). That’s why it’s essential that you have some landscaping done: cut the grass, trim the trees and shrubs and hose down your (paved) driveway. Oh, and if your mailbox is looking a bit tattered and worn, stop by a local home improvement store and pick up a new one.
Repaint your walls. If you’ve been living in your house for a while, there’s a pretty good chance that your walls are looking a bit dingy (or at least scuffed). For this reason, it’s also a really good idea to repaint them, preferably in a neutral color.
Do some serious cleaning. When it comes to keeping the house clean, if a lot of us were really honest with ourselves, what we tend to do falls more under the category of “straightening up”. However, when you know that people are coming to the house to view it, you should think along the lines of doing some spring cleaning. As a matter of fact, if there’s ever a time when hiring a cleaning service is a wise investment, this would be it.
Set the kitchen table. If you asked a real estate company like Movoto about something that you should do when staging your home, one of the things on the top of their list is probably going to be that you set your kitchen table. Why? Because the kitchen is one of the first rooms in a house that prospective buyers inspect when looking at a house. All you need is some nice dishes, matching placemats, some glasses and a pretty centerpiece. You can find most of this at your local Wal-Mart or Target for a very economical price.
Add some plants (and flowers). Something that makes a home feel really warm and inviting is the presence of plants and flowers; especially in the kitchen and master bedroom. Plus, as an added bonus, there are certain kinds of indoor plants that help to remove toxins out of the air. So, whether it’s some Peace lilies, Gerber daisies or a Spider plant (or two), make sure to put a couple on some tables or hang them from a few of your window sills. By adding this special touch, it will put people into the mindset of considering making your house their very own.