Make your house look like it's worth every penny that you've listed it for. Here are 15 easy home staging tips you can definitely use to spruce up your home in time for an open house:
Remove personal items and decorations
When buying a house, potential homebuyers are more attracted to houses where they can see themselves actually living in. To provide a more effective illusion for your potential buyers, you need to depersonalize your house by removing any personal items such as family photos and eccentric decorations. If your budget permits, paint that bright yellow wall with a more neutral shade to match the interiors of the rest of the house.
2. Repair. Repair. Repair.
Repair everything that needs to be fixed around the house. Although you might think that a tiny crack won’t make a difference, homebuyers tend to zoom in on even the tiniest damage. Replace screens, touch up on cracked plaster and fix any broken furniture. Tip: Ask someone to tour your house and point out any damage they find. It helps to have a fresh set of eyes for they won’t overlook the ones you’ve been used to seeing all the time already.
3. Fresh looking linens
It’s time to put those luxurious and expensive linens to use! Ok ,they don’t necessarily have to be expensive, but they have to look fresh and brand new. Give extra attention to visible linens such as bath and tea towels, bed sheets, chair cushions, etc.
4. Re-arrange furnitures and create groupings
There is an old belief that when you stick furniture to the wall, it will make the room bigger. There is a reason it's old because it's obsolete. The key to make rooms feel larger is by floating furniture away from walls, reposition into conversational groups.
5. Accessorise the bathroom
Upgrade your bath’s accent pieces. If the mirror looks a little worn out, replace it with a new one. Does it need a little more touch up? Buy a nice little chandelier and it will look as if your bathroom is newly renovated.
6. Give special attention to the kitchen
The kitchen can be a major deal-maker (or sometimes deal-breaker). If there is any room that you should invest in (although it's best that you invest in every room), it should be the kitchen. Get it professionally cleaned, update the drawers and install a backsplash (if there is none). Tip: Keep it clutter free and limit the number of accent pieces to only a couple. Also, store small appliances inside the cupboard.
7. Paint walls the same color
To create a more seamless look, invest on getting the walls of adjacent room painted the same color. If possible, choose the same color as that of your drapery. This will also make the room appear bigger. Tip: If your property has a sunporch, paint it green. This reflects the color of nature.
8. Ample Lighting
You know the secret to a warm and inviting home? Lighting. This does not mean, flooding every nook and cranny with light but strategically installing lamps and fixtures in areas that will highlight the key points of your house. Aim to have at least 100 watts of lighting to cover 50 square feet of space. Also, it's better to have more than two sources of light per room.
9. Room makeovers.
We always have that one spare room that we don't really have a purpose for (aka the storage/junk room). For an open house, homebuyers don't want to envision a junk room. Instead, transform that room into an office by adding a small table, a comfy armchair and a lamp. Or if a yoga studio appeals to you better, you can simply add rubber padding to the walls, scatter cushy pillow and presto - you’ve got yourself a yoga studio.
10. Indulge your potential homebuyers with a memorable fragrance.
Baking cookies before an open house has become redundant. Here's what you can do instead, spray each room sparingly with a fragrance that you truly love.
11. Create a hotel-chic vibe
Think freshly made up hotel room with neatly stacked, crisp white towels. Tip: You can easily get matching packages of tissue holder, wastebasket, trays, etc. Use them! It will improve the visual appeal of your room and give it a more seamless look. Don’t forget to replace toiletries and soaps with beautifully wrapped and unused ones.
12. Polish both the interior and exterior of your home
Just like how you need to clean and declutter your house, the exterior of the house has to look well-maintained as well. Trim the bushes, mulch flowerbeds and plant fresh seasonal arrangements in strategically positioned pots and urns by the front door.
13. Decorate with fresh flowers from your yard.
Fresh flowers create a natural ambiance for open houses. Since you shouldn’t use personal items to decorate, bringing in flowers will give it that homey and inviting feel that potential homebuyers look for. Tip: Raid your backyard. You don’t have to buy flowers, if they are in bloom, just use the ones in your yard and bring them inside.
14. Upgrade your kitchen cabinets.
Upgrading your cabinets doesn't have to be too expensive. If new ones are not in the budget, just get new doors and drawer fronts then paint everything the same colour.
15.Get new window treatments
Old, apartment-grade blinds can make a room look outdated. What's an easy fix? Get new window treatments. They are easy to install and definitely inexpensive.
Staging a house doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, you just have to pay extra attention to the small details, the ones that would make a difference. Need help listing your house? Need assistance selling your house? We’ll be glad to help! Set an appointment with us here or call us at (604) 760 - 8995.