Professional home staging is always worth the investment. But, you must understand you can do it without spending a lot of money. Here are five no cost strategies you can do to do get your home sold:
1. Keep it clean. A home that is absolutely pristine clean presents as well cared for. A pristine home doesn’t make potential buyers wonder what’s going on behind the walls like a dust bunny can. Clean all windows inside and out. Dust all door frames, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and blinds. Don’t leave a single spot in your home untouched.
2. Pack up almost all personal stuff. If you have a great photo of your family having a great time camping or enjoying some other family activity, then you can leave this one out on display if your home is being marketed to families. All other photos and keepsakes must be packed away out of view. They draw buyer’s attention to your family and keep them from seeing your home as their potential home. Your keepsakes make your home too personal – to you – without leaving room for them.
3. Clean your outdoor spaces. Outdoor living is now a part of everyday life for all of us. Potential buyers will absolutely consider the outdoor spaces as critically as they do indoor spaces. If you don’t have the budget to freshen the landscape with flowers and decorative items you can still make sure the yard is perfectly manicured. Keep your yard watered and cut to approximately 3 inches in height. Any shorter takes away from the fresh green look, any longer starts to look unkempt. Trim the foliage – it should be very neat and properly shaped to match your neighborhood. Trim the trees so that a 6 foot tall person can easily pass under them. It makes them appear taller and gives the yard a clean look. Power wash the sidewalk, patio, deck, driveway, and fence. You will be shocked how much of a difference this will make in the look of your home.
4. Keep your entire house bright. When showing or photographing your home for potential buyers open every single blind and curtain in your home. Turn on every single light. Even the light over the cook top and inside the oven should be on. Buyers are looking for “light and bright” not “dark and dreary” so – give them light. Let them see how clean and well cared for your home is. Don’t be afraid to move a lamp to brighten up a space if you need to. Let there be light – and lots and lots of it!