When attempting to sell a house, there are a several important things must do in order to make sure your home stands out from the competition, sells fast, and gets the maximum price. Pricing, cleaning, curb appeal, and other responsibilities come in to play during this time, and if you are working with an agent to help you sell you are responsible for paying them a hefty commission at the end of the process and if you are planning to move into a new home you want to keep as much in your pocket as you can. Since the cost of selling a house is so high nowadays it is important that you save money while selling your home. One of the ways to do this is to save money on the staging process.
Staging your home is crucial when trying to sell to traditional buyers. Staging may require you to hire a professional who can suggest the best ideas for making your home appealing to buyers. They may recommend cleaning furniture, carpets, replacing old fixtures, and even painting rooms if they believe these enhancements will help your home sell. Necessary fix-ups such as replacing cracked windows, broken doors, or other minor things may begin to add up as well depending on the issues present in your home.
Here’s how you can save money while still staging your home in a way that will attract home buyers to your home:
1. Clean Your Home From Top to Bottom
Buyers like to see a clean and fresh smelling home. This shows you have taken care of the home throughout the years and have kept up with the occasional deep cleaning treatments a home needs. If you are at the stage where you are selling your home you need to make sure it is spic and span, inside and out. While scrubbing, vacuuming, and organizing on the inside, also make sure you air out any musty odors, scrub baseboards, dust remove old garbage and cobwebs, deodorize carpets furniture and pet odors, and mop and wax all floors. It may take a little hard work on your part, but it is much cheaper than hiring a professional cleaning company to do this for you. This makes your home look so inviting to buyers that they will have no choice but to fantasize about moving into your freshly cleaned home and making it their own.
2. Cut The Clutter
You don’t have to hire a professional to tell you how home buyers feel about clutter. One of the ways to save on the cost of selling a house it to simply make sure it is not a cluttered, jumbled mess. Some people love to collect things throughout their lives that they like to display in their homes. This is fine for family, but once you decide to sell a house you must remove all clutter you and your family have accumulated over the years. You want potential buyers to see less of you and your personality and more of a neutral home they can imagine them and their family in without all of your clutter taking their focus away.
3. Minimalize and Neutralize
Make sure your home is staged properly by making it neutral. You want to stay away from showing a home that is full of different colors and weird arrangements. You don’t have to spend money to paint your rooms a neutral color that will blend in and you don’t have to hire someone to arrange your furniture in an open and inviting way. Take a look at professionally staged homes in magazines and on the internet for helpful ideas on arranging rooms to make them appear spacious, open and inviting, and pick neutral colors that will not shock potential home buyers.
You can hire a professional staging company to come in and prepare your home for sale by removing furniture, clutter, and personal items. Or, you can do this yourself. Visit some model homes in neighborhoods where new homes are being built and carefully look at how the model homes are staged for sale. Also, ask your real estate agent to give you their advice on what needs changed in the house to expedite the sale.