5 Dirt Cheap Ways To Stage Your Home For Selling

5 Dirt Cheap Ways To Stage Your Home For Selling

1. Packing away personal items is one of the simplest -- and cheapest -- things you can do to sell your house or condo quickly.  The reason you want to 'de-personalize' your home is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home.  Prospective buyers won't be able to picture themselves in the house if they're surrounded by dozens of photos of your children and grandparents.  Pictures are extremely distracting. You cannot believe how long potential buyers will stop and stare at people they do not know in photos.

2. Ridding your home of clutter is another simple way to get buyers to focus on the bones of the house, not the titles in your CD collection.  This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house.  After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner.  However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves and countertops, and in drawers, closets, and garages.  Put things in boxes and neatly stacking them in the corner of the garage.  Anything extra should go in a small, rented storage unit.  Pack up 90 percent of your home.

Rearrange the rooms in your home to reel in prospective buyers.  Make sure each room has a distinct, useful purpose.  Tour builders' models to see how the rooms are furnished.  Builders are experts on preparing their product for prospective buyers.  Closets should be neat and organized; The pair of shoes that you haven't worn in 10 years, get rid of.  If your home has been painted recently, consider yourself ahead of the game. If not, take a paintbrush to the rooms that need it most.  Sellers who paint the interior of their home will see a large return on their investment.  Fresh, neutral paint on the walls, trim and doors is worth its weight in gold -- it makes everything appear clean and new.

No one wants to look at a dirty, smelly home -- especially not prospective buyers so make sure your house or condo shines from top to bottom.  Cleaning and deodorizing a home before every showing should be first and foremost.  When buyers see an unkempt home or smell something when they first walk in, they become turned off immediately.  They can rarely see past it to look at all of the great features in the home.

Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home -- it's the buyer's first impression of your home.  You only have one chance to make a first impression.  There are so few buyers out there -- you want your home to stand out.  Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free of clutter and debris, and ensure the house number is easily visible.  It may also be beneficial to pressure-clean the exterior of your home, driveway and sidewalk, if needed.  Another valuable low-cost solution? Mulch.  Mulch is cheap and covers a multitude of sins. It makes everything look trim and neat.

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