Many people will tell you that a staged home will sell faster and possibly even at a higher price. While this may not always be the case, it doesn't hurt to put some time into the appearance of your home for your potential buyers. Some sellers don't take the time to stage their home because they think it will cost too much, but it is possible to be frugal about it. Here are four tips to stage your home right without going crazy budget-wise:
Turn On Your Lights.
One of the best things that you can do is turn on your lights in the house. This is especially true if you don't have a lot of natural light entering your home, such as on a rainy, dreary day. After all, without light, your home doesn't come off very appealing, and this is the last thing that you want when you're trying to get someone to buy your home. If there are certain rooms in the home that don't have much light, you may want to consider purchasing some cheap, yet decorative floor lamps or table lamps to help brighten the rooms up. Alternatively, you can see if a friend or family member has any that you can borrow until the showings are over so that you don't have to spend money out of your pocket.
Organize Your Closets.
You don't want to clear out your entire closet. However, you do need to organize it well. A good idea is to remove most of your clothing and to only leave a few outfits that are color-coordinated with matching accessories. This includes purses, shoes, belts, etc. Make sure your shoes are neatly lining the bottom of the closet and that your purses, belts, scarves, etc. are hanging on a hanger or an appropriate rack. This helps to make everything look neat and organized, which is important for the staging process.
Decorate The Dining Room Table.
To avoid your dining room looking boring the moment that potential buyers walk into it, make sure that you take the time to decorate the table in some way. It isn't necessary to put your grandmother's china out on the table, but you should at least make it look like the area is used. There are a couple of ways you can go about staging the dining room table. One way is to set out a placemat, a plate and a glass at each chair with a decorative centerpiece in the middle of the table. Another way, especially for rectangular tables, is to simply add a table runner and some type of centerpiece to the table rather than actually setting out dishes.
Add Mirrors Throughout The Home.
If you have some money that you can spend, it may be a good idea to spend some of it on mirrors. Mirrors help to make any space look larger and brighter. You can usually pick them up for relatively cheap at flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales and even craft stores (especially if they're having a great sale).
For more information on staging your home on a budget, speak to your real estate agent. Companies like EXIT Lakes Realty Premier may be able to meet your needs in this area.