Home staging is a method of decorating a home to showcase the home’s best features.
Many experts recommend spending some time and resources in the kitchen, bathrooms and even on landscaping during home staging. Staging a home for a sale in the traditional real estate market may help increase your odds of a fair offer and may decrease the amount of time your home is on the real estate market. These five tips will help get you started on home staging:
1. Apply a fresh coat of paint
You may like the lime green kitchen, but chances are, the next homeowner may not. Before you put your house on the market, paint all walls a neutral color like beige or white. Neutral colors help potential buyers “picture” themselves in the home., and let the buyer know they will not have to do the painting themselves after they purchase your home.
2. Use some elbow grease
Perhaps the biggest red flag for potential home buyers is a dirty home. Spend some time cleaning the house paying particular attention to the details. In the bathroom, attack moldy showers with a mix of water and bleach. Grout should be scrubbed clean and/or repaired. In the kitchen, make sure all appliances are cleaned, including the inside of the microwave and even inside the cabinets. (People will look in there during open houses and showings.) In the bedrooms, make sure the dressers and furniture are dusted and cleaned. A clean home shows the next owners that the house has been cared for.
3. Impress them from the curb
Potential home buyers will often do a “drive-by” before they schedule time to take a tour of your home. Why not start the sale before they even get inside? Spend some time and energy looking around the outside of the house. Is the lawn clear and free of debris? Are your teenagers’ bikes stored out-of-view? Is the grass mowed and the trimming complete? Consider purchasing some potted plants to display on the front porch. Impress those home buyers as they drive by your house!
4. Put away the portraits
Excessive personal items can distract potential home buyers. Go through your home and box up your personal items like portraits, trophies, electronics, and collectibles. Replace those items with generic artwork or nothing at all. A clutter-free home is more appealing to potential home buyers.
5. Make repairs
You may have learned to live with that squeaky front door, but home buyers will cringe when they hear it! Take some time to fix some of the little nuisances that you are used to in the home. Repair nail holes, broken fixtures, leaky faucets, and burned out lights.
6. Get a cash offer
These home-staging tips may help you in the sale of your home. If, however, you do not want to spend the time or cash to stage your home for a sale in the traditional real estate market, reach out to Integrity First Home Buyers for an as-is, cash sale of your home. You can skip the cleaning, the home repairs, and the fresh coat of paint with a cash sale that requires you to do nothing but relax.
Integrity First Home Buyers is the #1 buyer of homes in York, Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster, and Dauphin Counties and has helped thousands of individuals, couples and families sell their homes quickly. Our professional team of home buying experts has decades of experience and can help guide you through the cash sale process. We care about our clients and work to meet their goals in selling their home. If you’d like to learn more about a cash sale of your home, reach out to us at 717-292-8168 or complete our contact form to get started.