It may be cold outside, but the spring housing market is just around the corner. If you are planning to put your home on the market this spring, then staging it is a must!
It’s a proven fact that a staged home sells faster than a non-staged home. So, if you want to sell your home faster and for potentially more money, you’ll want to stage your home before you put it on the market. Having a home that shows well gives you a huge advantage over homes that are cluttered and disorganized. Home staging allows the prospective buyer to see the opportunity within a home space. By removing clutter, organizing and re-designing the space your home will be more buyer-friendly. The great thing about doing your own staging is that it doesn’t cost much. With a little elbow grease and a few inexpensive additions, you can make your home market-ready in no time.
Here are 10 DIY home staging tips that you can tackle yourself to stage your home for a quick sale this spring!
#1 Clear away the clutter
Purge what you don’t need or use. Remove items from all counter tops and surfaces. Pack up items and store them while your house is on the market. This includes furniture, too. Move out any furniture that is crowding the space. You’ll be surprised at what you can live without for a month or two. Decluttering will also help you reduce the items you are moving and save you money on your move.
#2 Clean and clean again
A clean home is essential. Buyers don’t want to see a dirty bathtub or scuffed walls. Clean as if your mother-in-law was coming over and make sure your home shines from top to bottom! Hiring a professional cleaner is money well spent here.
#3 Light it up
Warm and welcoming lighting and increased wattage show off rooms in their best light. If you have a dark room, invest in a couple of inexpensive lamps and some brighter bulbs. No one wants to live in a dark, gloomy house.
#4 De-personalize your personal space
No everyone has the same tastes. Remove personal items such as family photos and personal clutter. Paint walls a neutral color. You want buyers to view it as their home, not yours.
#5 Show off your storage
Clean out your closet and other storage spaces. The emptier they are, the more spacious they will appear. Closet and storage spaces sell homes! If necessary, you can move excess items to an off-site storage unit.
#6 Remove odors
Give your home an inviting aroma by burning vanilla-scented candles or throwing some slice-and-bake cookies in the oven. You can also grind half a lemon in the garbage disposal to remove sink odors. If you have pets, make sure they are not present during showings and remove litter boxes and food.
#7 Define your spaces
Bedrooms = $$$! If you have a bedroom that you use as a home office or junk room, make it a bedroom again. You can do this inexpensively and quickly by using a double-height inflatable mattress and making it up as a regular bed.
#8 Spiff it up
Replace your towels with new, crisp, white ones (even if it’s only for showings), replace or clean curtains and window treatments, add mirrors to make the space look bigger and upgrade any old, dingy rugs or remove them and let your floors shine.
#9 Picture perfect
Most buyers today shop online before they look at a home in person. High quality, staged photos will draw more buyers in. If you’re working with a realtor, they should take care of this. Make sure they use a professional for photos that stand out.
#10 Don’t forget the final touches
Before any showing or open house, make sure that your staging efforts go the full mile to make your home inviting. This includes buying fresh flowers, letting fresh air into the house so it isn’t stuffy, making the beds and putting new towels in the bathrooms.
Follow these 10 DIY home staging tips and your house will be ready to sell!
Sarah Buckwalter is a Certified Professional Organizer® with over 18 years of experience running an award-winning organizing business, Organizing Boston, the largest professional organizing business in New England.
Nationally recognized as an organizing industry expert, Sarah shares her expertise through speaking, writing and on television. She is a regular guest blogger for nationwide companies and has appeared several times on the hit series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.
With a desire to share her experience, Sarah developed Organizing U. Organizing U is an online training platform focused on business development, to help Professional Organizers and small business owners achieve their dreams of success.