Staging is a very important part of the sales process for any home. Often, the right staging will allow the home to be sold for the optimal price. Of course, the staging process may be different for one house compared to another.
Yes, you must spend some money to stage a home, but it’s an investment to help the house sell faster and for the right price. It’s handled on a case-by-case basis, but here are some ways you can save money while staging your home for sale.
Make Only Minor Changes
In some circumstances, you don’t need to make major changes to properly stage your home for sale. You may not even need a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes, you can have a little landscaping done to match the type of home you own and it will help it sell much faster.
Staging doesn’t mean spending a ton of cash. Instead, it simply means preparing your home for sale. In many cases, minor changes and clean-up is all it takes.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Whether you’re still living in the home or you’ve moved out, the clutter has to go. This includes more than just that stack of papers on the kitchen counter.
If you have more furniture than necessary, you will need to store, sell or somehow remove some of the furniture. Every room should be set up with only the most necessary pieces of furniture. Too much furniture just becomes clutter and makes the home look smaller.
Along with furniture, any normal clutter needs to be removed. Put it in storage, if necessary. It’s a small price to pay if you need to rent a storage locker for a month or two in order to get the optimal price for your house.
Handle Minor Repairs, If Necessary
While you may not have to deal with any major repairs, minor repairs can make a pretty big difference for a buyer. If your home needs any small repairs, especially cosmetic and easily noticeable repairs, they should be handled.
This doesn’t mean you need to remodel an entire bathroom or kitchen to get the most out of your home. Minor repairs shouldn’t cost more than a couple hundred dollars to fix and they will pay for themselves in the price of your homes. Often, these are the repairs a buyer would use to negotiate a lower price and you will be removing this negotiating power by taking care of the repairs yourself.
Hire a Professional Cleaning Service
A few days before an open house or showing your home, it can be a very good idea to spend a little bit of money on a professional cleaning service. Not only will the service ensure your home is spotless, but they will also make it smell fresh and clean.
This is especially important if you owned pets in the home. While you may not notice the smell of pets, someone not used to the smell of your pets will notice and it can be an overwhelming smell.
You don’t have to hire an expensive stager or spend thousands of dollars getting your home ready. With the advice of a Tallahassee real estate agent, you can get your home ready for sale without breaking the bank.