One of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to sell your house fast and at a great price is by staging a home. Staging the home puts focus on the benefits of the house and makes the undesirable features less apparent.
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Here are some easy and cheap ways to transform your house to be more attractive to any buyer.
Making repairs and updates are incredibly beneficial investments for selling your home. Big updates would start in the kitchen. Studies show that sellers get back every penny they spend on updates to kitchen appliances. What you can make your asking price depends on updates like these. Getting a new cooktop, refrigerator, or stove significantly increases the worth of your house.
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If major updates like appliances aren’t in your budget; there are still many cheap repairs you can do to increase your houses value! Things like broken hinges, old door handles, faucets, window screens, chipped paint, loose floorboards (especially on a patio or steps) are easy to fix at a low cost. Do it before you bring in any potential buyers!
Mix up the furniture
Staging the furniture (like a magazine would) gives the buyers a homey feel while still allowing them to be able to see how they would make it theirs. Move furniture away from the walls to give the illusion of more space.
Rearrange sofas, chairs, and tables to be in a grouping and place them so the traffic flow through the room is clear. This makes the space more usable, conversational, and appear larger.
Another great tactic involving furnishings is to play musical chairs with it. This is simply mixing up your furniture. The side table you bought for the living room might make the perfect piece in a hall as a decorative section with flowers. Or, the extra chair in the sunroom could turn into a functional corner seating area in the master bedroom.
Make rooms appear bigger
Painting adjoining rooms the same color makes small rooms appear larger. This gives the open effect without actually having to tear down any walls or do major reconstructing. Using the same color drapery as the walls is another great trick to make the buyers eye combine the rooms and view them both as larger.
When painting walls it’s best to stick with neutral colors and repaint any bold walls with an off-white, beige, or tan. Most buyers cannot see past color choices that aren’t in their style wheel. This leads to a reduction in offers that could’ve easily been avoided. Color patterns are 100% a trend, so it’s important to follow the “up and coming” ideas. This is where a real estate agent can provide expertise on what styles are currently selling better.
Stage with the minimalist approach
Get rid of all the extra clutter. Move furniture that is not necessary to make a room appear larger and have a minimalist eye when it comes to décor. A professional stager will remove around half of a person possessions when getting ready for an open house. This is an extreme amount, but it is a smart idea to tuck away or get rid of unneeded items.
Most importantly, clean clean clean! How clean your house appears reflects how well you took care of it. Nobody wants to buy from people who don’t clean out toilets, leave food in rooms, and let the wet dog on the carpet. On that topic, make sure to have your carpets and furniture cleaned before any showings or open houses. Clean deep, scrub under the sinks and in cabinets, clean out the shower, and don’t forget about the garage!
Raid your yard
What’s the first thing any buyer will see of a house? Whether it’s online, a showing, or just driving past; IT’S ALWAYS THE FRONT CURB APPEAL. This is what will determine if a buyer goes to your showing or to your neighbors first.
Make sure trash cans are hidden, the grass is clean cut, and you don’t have dead trees/plants. Trim any bushes or crazy trees. If you have a walkway to your front door make sure it is cleaned off and that grass, leaves, weeds aren’t growing over. If you are selling in the summer or spring it is always a good idea to plant some fresh colorful flowers!
Repaint your front door and maybe even replace the front handle. A small alteration from your old rounded doorknob to a more modern/fancy looking knob can make a huge difference to the all- together curb appeal.
Following these cheap staging tricks, you can make your house become significantly more appealing to any potential buyers. So, get ready for an abundance of high offers because your home is market ready!