There is no denying that staging is a great return on investment. The vast majority of Real Estate agents believe that staged homes sell faster and at a higher price. That is because Interior design has a huge impact on how desirable a property is to a prospective buyer.
The problem, however, is that staging can be expensive and requires hard work and commitment.
Don’t be discouraged because we will share some great tips where you don’t have to break the bank (or hire professional home stager).
If you have a good eye for interior design, you can save money by staging the home yourself. You will find the process fun and rewarding seeing the transformation before your eyes.
Go for simplicity
Minimalism is one trend that you should you should be following. Simplicity and spareness can make a room look more spacious and inviting by drawing attention to a few detailed components. This is even truer if you are working with less space. As a starting point, stage with furniture and accessories that are necessary to function of the area. Less clutter allows potential buyers to envision their own belongings in the room.
If the house is vacant, a fresh coat of paint throughout the home’s wall is a great idea. This will instantly bring life to your home and costs less than other decorating tips. When choosing paint colours, go fo off-whites, grays, beiges or any neutrals and consider adding accent walls to create a stronger visual interest.
Use small details
You want to make high impact but with low-cost changes to the small details in the room.
A sure fire way is by adding a pop of colour to enhance the look and feel of a room. For example, in the bathroom, add nice bright coloured towels and a shower curtain (making sure they compliment the paint and tile). A small splash of colour will make a big impact in the listing photos and it will cost you little.
Some other great ideas include changing sofa cushions and adding an attractive table lamp. In a bedroom, change the bed covers to a subtle/neutral shade. Candles and flowers can add a touch of elegance and sophistication in the living room. A well positioned vase of a plant can draw the eye from outdated features and creates a warm, inviting feel to your home.
Cheap paintings can be picked up from any home furnishing store or even a charity shop. They add character plus a pop of colour to an otherwise tired wall. Make sure you use the peel-off adhesive velcro or hooks to hang paintings.
Focus on the key areas
If you can’t afford to stage an entire house then it’s wise to target key areas that will dominate the prospective buyer’s attention.This is specially important when staging a vacant house.
The master bedroom, living room and possibly the dining room are all important areas. There are many companies that offer rental packages of furniture. You will only require a piece or two in each room. Make sure the pieces selected are high quality, unique and stylish.
A small bedroom might call for staging as well since a potential buyer might not think the room is spacious enough for bedroom furniture. In addition, a room that really is small may be best staged as an office or art studio.
Cleanliness goes a long way
This is the easiest way specially when dealing with a non-vacant home. If your home is spotlessly clean, it will immediately give the potential buyer more confidence that the house is well cared for. Tasks such as washing windows, removing cobwebs, polishing floors and vacuuming carpets can make a big difference.
Declutter the mess! Box up anything that is lying around that is not vital e.g stuff on top of kitchen countertops. This also includes purging items that don’t enhance the overall aesthetic of the room. Store it in a storage unit.
Next step is depersonalising which is all about neutralising your personal taste from your home decor so buyers can mentally see their own belongings. So get rid of high school trophies and your grandma’s antique plate collection.
Ensure fresh aromas are present in your home. People often remember a house with a good fragrance. Open windows the day before a viewing to allow fresh air to circulate. Or consider putting in plug-in air fresheners but keep them on the low because you don’t want the fragrance to be overpowering. Setting the stage can require no money if you follow these steps.
Let there be light
Try to let in as much natural light as possible to banish any shadowy corners. Blinds should be kept up and curtains ties back in order to make space look bigger. If the view outside is not picturesque, consider hanging simple white linen curtain panels that obstruct the view.
Improve the lighting inside the house by ensuring all the lights and fixtures are working properly. If you are unable to see clearly inside the room when it’s dark, consider using brighter bulbs in your fixtures.
All in all, the way you present the house is really that matters. The amount of money being spent sure does count. However, the focus should always be on the understanding of how things would look right to make it your client’s worth. All of the things, that I have mentioned can be managed under a budget and can actually prove to get you the right price for the property.