If you want to sell your home fast and at the best possible price, consider investing in home staging. Studies have shown that staged homes spend less time on the market and sell for about 6% to 20% more compared to non-staged homes.
Working with a professional home stager is probably the best option, but you can also take the DIY approach. The first step in home staging is to clean and depersonalize the space. After that, work on giving it a fresh, airy, and brand new vibe.
Here are some tips on how you can achieve this:
Tip # 1 – Use paint to create a modern and fresh look
A few coats of warm and neutral-toned paint make a room look stylish and feel clean and fresh. Be sure to paint all the walls in a room. Focusing on just one section looks like you’re trying to cover-up a problem. Don’t forget to paint the wood trim around baseboards, doors, and windows.
Tips # 2 – Showcase your outdoor spaces
When someone buys a home, they are not just buying a roof over their head. They’re also buying the lifestyle it represents. Outdoor spaces are synonymous with fun and entertainment, so stage your outdoor area and make it feel like an extension of your interior. Give your patio or deck a good washing, add comfortable seating, trim the lawn, and spruce up the garden. Even a small balcony can feel luxurious with proper staging.
Tip # 3 – Hang drapes or sheers from the ceiling
Hanging curtains from the ceiling creates the illusion of height. It draws the eye up, making a room seem bigger than it is. If your drapes are looking drab, replace them with inexpensive, plain white sheers.
Tip # 4 – Mix and match accessories
Decorative items and accessories add the finishing touch to any house. A blend of new and old decorative items and accessories ensures your home does not feel like a decor showroom. Don’t overdo it though, and mix textures and scale while avoiding clutter.
Tip # 5 – Give the bathrooms an upmarket spa feel
Along with the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most scrutinized rooms in a house, so a well-staged bathroom can tip the scales in your favor. Scrub everything till it sparkles. Make sure countertops, shelves, and cabinets are free from clutter. Display fluffy, crisp white towels and accessorize with simple items, such as scented soaps in a rustic basket. Add some greenery to complete the look.
Tip # 6 – Let the light in
A well-lit interior creates a positive mood. Flood your house with natural light by cleaning both sides of your windows and cutting any foliage that may be blocking the light. If you have blinds, keep them fully open when buyers come for viewings. In rooms where natural light is scarce, use floor and table lamps with the maximum available wattage, and place mirrors or shiny metal accessories to reflect light around the room.
Tip # 7 – Don’t forget the air
Foul odors are the quickest way to scare away potential buyers. Avoid air fresheners that can make your home smell overly deodorized. Give your home a deep spring cleaning to achieve the more desirable fresh house smell. Scents are optional. If you choose one, opt for something simple and natural, such as the scent of citruses, or perhaps herbs like rosemary and thyme.