They say that it takes money to make money. So, if you're trying to sell your house, you should invest in improving its presentation. Staging a home is a tried-and-tested method to close a sale without having to sacrifice your target price. But is it worth spending thousands of dollars to hire a professional when you could stage your home yourself and get the same results? In this article, you'll see 5 ways to improve your home's presentation without breaking your budget.
1. Get rid of any unnecessary objects
Hoarding is a part of human nature. Whether it's old furniture, broken appliances, or extra tables, your house is probably filled with things you don't use or need. And since your potential buyers' attention is limited, keeping these objects around will only draw their attention away from your house's main selling points. So, if you still have things left in your home after you de-cluttered it, consider storing them in a friend's house, selling them, donating them to a charity, or storing them neatly inside your garage.
2. Improve your curb appeal
Keeping your lawn trimmed and free from leaves won't cost you a dime, but it will do wonders for your home's appearance. Likewise, if your front walls look aged, simply washing them with pressurized water will give them a fresh look. Even painting your walls won't cost you more than a couple of hundred dollars. Furthermore, simply adding a few plants and flowers to your front yard will take it to a whole new level.
3. De-personalize your home
When staging a house, it's important that you remove family pictures, toys, toothbrushes, framed diplomas, or any other object that seems too personal before you show it. De-personalizing your house allows you to make it look more welcoming, spacious, and ordered. However, you shouldn't go overboard with this step, as leaving a few family photos behind can give a much-needed human touch to your property.
4. Remove any lingering smells
Whether it's the old wood in the furniture, a recently cooked meal, or a dog who hasn't been bathed in a month, every house has a particular smell of its own. Your property is no exception. And while you're used to your home's smells, potential buyers might take offense to them. Don't let your house's smells spoil a sale. Instead, make sure you keep all of your windows open to let the air through, wash your dog's bed, and use scented candles and air fresheners to make your home a place where potential buyers will want to live.
5. Ask your friends and family to loan you furniture
Using the right couch or cabinet can add a whole new meaning to your living room. Although many companies rent furniture, the costs can weigh you down over time. Plus, it's much cheaper to exchange couches with a friend or family member while your house sells. Just remember to return any furniture you use without any new spots and make sure you only use the ones that best fist your crib's style.
While staging a home may seem daunting at first, the truth is that anybody can become a master, with a bit of practice. As long as you focus on highlighting your house's strengths without breaking your budget, it's only a matter of time until a buyer comes knocking on your door with an offer!