Staging Tips for Home Sellers on a Budget

If plans for selling your home are in the near future, you’re going to want to start strategizing the most cost- and time-effective ways to make your home irresistible to potential buyers. One of the most proven ways of giving your home the edge it needs to stand out from the competition is good photography and attractive staging.

In today’s post, I’m going to share my tips on home staging that can be achieved on a budget and in a short period of time. That way you can focus more time on finding a new home and stop worrying about selling your current one.

Tip 1: Start packing

Before you start worrying about arranging furniture, it’s important to make sure you have a clean slate to work with. Start by packing personal effects into boxes and labeling them accordingly.

Staged homes are homes that look appealing to the widest audience as possible. Having personal reminders, like family photos, trophies, etc., makes it harder for viewers to picture themselves living in the home.

Most of us keep our homes arranged in a way that is convenient to our lives. And. let’s face it–life can be messy. But, when it comes to staging, less is usually more.

Not only will this cleaning process help you reduce clutter and make the home look better for staging, but it will also make your moving process easier since many of your boxes will already be organized and sealed.

Tip 2: Color scheming

Expertly staged homes tend to have one thing in common–a cohesive color scheme. Think of choosing your color scheme like creating an artist’s palette. You want a few colors that compliment one another and that will work together to brighten up your home.

If you have any furniture that appears worn, dated, or that clashes with the scheme of the room, it’s a good idea to place them in storage while you prepare for photographs and visitors.

Tip 3: Decorate sparingly

Now that you’ve packed away your family photos, you might be wondering what to put on the walls in their place. The best answer is often nothing. However, that doesn’t mean the walls need to be completely bare.

For smaller rooms, you can make them appear more spacious with the use of hanging mirrors (just make sure you can’t see yourself in any of those mirrors when you take your photos!).

Tip 4: Don’t forget the outside of your home

The value of curb appeal can’t be overemphasized. The exterior of our homes, along with our yard and driveway, are essentially what we show the world about our lives. Since most home buyers want their house to look nice, fit in with the neighborhood, but have its own unique flair all at the same time. They want to know that your house has that potential.

Furthermore, the driveway and yard are two of the first things people see when they visit. You’ll want to take advantage of this moment by making a good impression.

Speed Up the Home Selling Process

For home sellers, there is no need to let your house linger on the real estate market for weeks, months or years. Instead, you can set yourself up to accelerate the home selling process today.

What does it take to speed up the home selling process? Here are three tips to help home sellers do just that.

1. Offer a Competitive Price.

Evaluate the prices of homes currently available in your area that are similar to your own. Also, assess the sold prices of comparable residences in your city or town that were purchased recently. With this housing market data in hand, you’ll be able to determine a fair price for your house.

Although you should try to price your house competitively, it is important to remember not to sell yourself short as well. Fortunately, if you perform sufficient housing market research, you can better understand how you should price your house to streamline the home selling process and optimize the value of your home.

2. Clean Up Your House.

Homebuyers will be attracted to residences that feature pristine front lawns and dazzling interiors, along with houses that will not require any major repairs in the near future. Comparatively, homebuyers likely will shy away from houses that look messy and cluttered.

Devote time and resources to clean up your house’s interior and exterior – you’ll be happy you did. If your home looks great inside and out, you can boost your property’s chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers. As a result, your home may prove to be more attractive than other residences on the real estate market, ensuring you should have no trouble generating significant interest in your house.

You may want to consider staging your house too. With staging, you will need to remove your personal belongings from your home and declutter your residence. And ultimately, staging your house may help you further accelerate your journey through the home selling cycle.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent.

A real estate agent has one goal in mind: to help you sell your house as quickly as possible. Thus, your real estate agent will do everything possible to guarantee that he or she can promote your house to the right homebuyers, at the right time.

With an experienced real estate agent at your disposal, you can improve your chances of generating substantial interest in your home in a short period of time. Your real estate agent will use many platforms to promote your residence, and by doing so, ensure you can speed through the home selling cycle.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent will keep your best interests in mind throughout the home selling process. Therefore, if you want to get rid of your home quickly, your real estate agent possesses the skills and know-how to help set up a fast sale without sacrificing the value of your residence.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you accelerate the home selling process in a buyer’s or seller’s market.

Enhancing Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The number one factor that affects the length of time a house remains on the market is curb appeal. That’s the consensus of real estate professionals across the country, and was documented in a recent study by a well-known real estate website.

So if it’s such a high priority, then why do a lot of homeowners skimp on that aspect of preparing their home for a fast sale? Sometimes it’s a lack of awareness; other times it may be a lack of money. In extreme cases, it can be quite pricey to transform a home from “shabby” to “exquisite!” That’s an unusual scenario, though, and in most cases the cost of enhancing your home’s curb appeal should be both affordable and cost effective.

Where to Begin

The ideal visual (and visceral) effect you want to achieve can be summed up in ten words: fresh, well cared for, aesthetically pleasing, manicured, meticulous, updated, and clean. Perhaps a more concise way to describe the image you want to project to potential buyers is “pride of ownership.” Once you’re conveying that impression, people are going to make positive assumptions about the value and condition of your home. While it’s not necessary that the front of your property and home look perfect in every imaginable way, it is important to pay attention to small details and overall impressions.

Some homeowners will see this goal as an overwhelming challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. The first hurdle is to take care of the basics, such as making sure your lawn always looks freshly mowed and that there’s no signs of peeling or faded paint on your home and garage. Pulling weeds, placing a few colorful hanging flower baskets in strategic locations, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees are also effective ways to make your property look more desirable.

An advantage of working with a seasoned real estate agent is that they can quickly size up the outside appearance of your home, and make cost-effective suggestions of ways to improve curb appeal and increase the attractiveness of your property. When it comes to selling your house in the shortest period of time, first impressions are vitally important.

One helpful tactic for getting your house noticed by house hunters and real estate agents is to take a walk (or drive) in your neighborhood to see how your curb appeal stacks up to other homes for sale in the area. Ideally, you want your home to look at least as good, if not better, than other nearby properties. Since potential buyers may be focusing their search on specific neighborhoods, such as yours, you’ll be giving yourself more of an “inside track” in the real estate market by making sure your home compares favorably to others in the immediate area — both inside and out.

How to Sell Your Home Quickly

The real estate market remains in constant flux. However, this does not necessarily mean you’ll need a significant amount of time to sell your residence.

Regardless of the size and quality of your home, there are many quick, easy ways to set up your residence for a quick sale, including:

1. Price your home appropriately.

As a home seller, your goal is to maximize the value of your residence. Doing so, unfortunately, can be a major challenge if you fail to set realistic expectations.

Getting your home appraised before you add it to the real estate market ensures you’ll be able to determine the true value of your home. Furthermore, consider any recent home improvements you’ve completed, as these enhancements may help increase your residence’s value.

Also, don’t forget to check out the prices of similar homes in your area. This enables you to get a better idea about the value of your residence relative to others that are available.

Pricing your home often can be difficult, but those who perform plenty of research will be better equipped to set a fair price that generates interest from many prospective homebuyers.

2. Make your home easy to show.

Those who only enable homebuyers to view their residences at certain times will limit their opportunities for a quick sale. Conversely, you should try to remain as flexible as possible after you add your home to the real estate market to maximize your home showings.

Homebuyers likely have many great residences at their disposal. And if you turn down an opportunity to show your house to an interested homebuyer, this buyer may choose to look elsewhere for his or her dream residence.

Comparatively, home sellers who maintain a clean house can make their residence easy to show at any time. In the event that a homebuyer wants to show up on short notice to view your residence, you’ll be ready to depart and ensure this interested party can check out your residence without delay.

3. Ensure your home is listed in plenty of places.

Your real estate agent should try to do everything he or she can to make your home an attractive commodity. As such, hiring a real estate professional who will showcase your residence to as many prospective homebuyers as possible is essential if you want a quick sale.

For example, your real estate agent should have no trouble adding your house to a wide range of real estate listing websites. Social networks like Facebook also make it simple for real estate professionals to showcase your home to a broad range of prospective homebuyers.

With a superior real estate agent at your disposal, you’ll be able to spread the word that your home is for sale to a large group of homebuyers. Thus, you’ll be better equipped to boost your chances of a fast sale, and potentially, a major bidding war among interested parties as well.

Selling a home is rarely simple, but with these tips, you can improve your chances of optimizing the value of your home and selling your residence quickly.