Check out these easy home staging ideas that can boost interest, and make a lasting impression to potential buyers:
Say Goodbye to Clutter!
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot. The better you can define each room in your house = the easier potential buyers can visualize what the space is for, and how they would use it for themselves.
Make Spaces look Visual Bigger
To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. And make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the color of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.
Re-Face, Instead of Buying New
If you can't afford new cabinets, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel.
A Great Small Can Make a House Memerable
Baking cookies has become a cliche, (and may actually hurt your first impression: http://bit.ly/Ywj7RW), but buy a room spray or diffuser with a fragrance you love and spray the house sparingly before each showing. Stick to natural smells, such as vanilla, cedar, pine, or even green tea! You don’t want to try and mask unappealing smells – simply help that first impression go even further.