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At some point in life, you may decide to sell your home for an upgrade or relocation. When it comes to selling your home, firsts impressions are everything. Home staging can be the difference between selling your house fast or spending more weeks on the property list. Many homeowners assume that home staging can take a toll on their finances, but there are plenty of ways to prepare your home for a sale without even spending a dime. Check them out below.
Declutter the space
According to professional real estate agents, a junky home indicates that the homeowner doesn’t care about the house. People tend to accumulate lots of unwanted things through emotional attachment or with an intention to reuse or fix them in the future.
Eliminate all the unnecessary items by donating or selling them as second-hand goods. Then tuck away the essential things you need to use daily in boxes to create the illusion of a more spacious house. You should also consider decluttering as a critical part of the packing process.
Clean the house thoroughly
The next step to preparing your home for a sale is cleaning it with a purpose. If you have ever wondered why hotels feel so inviting and warm, it’s mostly because they are clean and sparkless. Take your time to clean your home thoroughly; wash and scrub everything from the floors and carpets to the cabinets to ensure it is as clean as a hotel. Remember that homebuyers will be interested in checking the sinks and closets, so everything should be sparkless.
Depersonalize the space
Depersonalizing your home makes it easy for potential homebuyers to relate to the property. Pack your family portraits and heirlooms that might distract the buyers in boxes and tuck them away. The goal here is to present a clean and impersonal environment to the buyer to imagine themselves living in the house and how they would decorate it. Only leave minimal furniture pieces that are not overstated or do not create unnecessary attention. Depersonalizing the house makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine it as their own and how they would decorate it as their future home.
Organize the storage cabinet and closets
When staging a home, do not even think about tozing everything in the closets or cabinets. The buyers will want to look at the space there, so obviously, that is not a good idea. Plus, if you are organized, it sends a positive message to the buyers. It shows the buyers the efforts you have put into taking care of the entire house and maintaining it in good condition. Neatly stack the dishes in the cabinets, arrange the jars and kettles to face in the same direction, etc. In the closets, organize minimal clothes and shoes well and store the rest in boxes at least until the guests leave.
Make minimal repairs
Repairs can make your home sell fast or stall it. Try to facilitate the necessary repairs such as replacing a cracked floor, painting the walls, repairing sinks and any damaged parts of the plumbing system, etc. Avoid giving buyers a reason to remember your home as the one with the broken sink or orange bathroom. Paint the walls in nude colors such as whites, cream, and Grey. Ensure the lighting is in good condition and the bulbs light the space well. You want to show the buyers the best side of the house.
Check the curb appeal.
The exterior of your property should be the first thing that turns your buyer on. Make it more appealing by watering the garden, mowing the grass, cleaning the driveway, repainting the front door, and placing flower pots on the porch. As you can see, staging your home doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.