Staging is a great way to emphasize your home’s best features. But before you stage, there are a handful of low-cost ways you can make updates on your home to help maximize the salability. Go Beyond Dusting Many homebuyers pay special attention to cabinets, walls, closets, and floors when touring a home, so it’s essential to do a deep clean. And don’t forget about washing the windows—letting natural light into the house will make it feel warm and inviting. Freshen With Paint Over time, the walls can start to look dull and dingy. A fresh coat of paint will brighten a room and make it look new. Adding a lighter color to the ceiling will make it appear higher. Repair or Replace Noticeable flaws turn off buyers. Take the time to repair issues such as sticking doors, leaky faucets, or damaged baseboards. Other small ways to make a big transformation are updating the hardware on your cabinets and upgrading light switch covers. Don’t Overwhelm the Senses Homebuyers are looking for a place they can see themselves living, so this is not the time to show off your style or keepsakes. Declutter and move excess decorations into storage. Spruce Up the Yard Since curb appeal is the first impression of the home, don’t underestimate the power of a freshly trimmed lawn and pruned bushes. Go the extra step and rake up leaves, remove weeds, and add a splash of color by planting blooming flowers. Don’t let inexpensive, easy tasks hold you back from getting the best possible offer. A REALTOR® can advise you on other ways to best prepare your home to sell.
Cleaning out the clutter and staging your home help make a great first impression. But does that mean you should forego the decorations if you are selling during the holidays? You don’t have to. However, here are four things to keep in mind to not inadvertently turn off buyers. Emphasize the Positives Use holiday décor to draw attention to, not overshadow, your home’s best features. For example, add garland on your mantel to highlight your fireplace, or showcase the entertaining qualities of the large dining room by setting the table for a holiday meal. Avoid Clashing Colors Bold is not better. Choose decorations with colors that complement your current design palette. Use Scents Sparingly Evoking the seasonal spirit with sprigs of spruce or simmering a pot of apples and cinnamon is fine, but don’t go overboard. Too many strong scents can be off-putting. Create Curb Appeal The less-is-more rule applies outside as well. Swap out flashy lights and inflatable décor with a simple string of white lights and a fresh wreath on the front door for an inviting welcome feel. When in doubt, ask your REALTOR® for staging suggestions or a recommendation of a professional home stager in your area.
When preparing for a sale, homeowners often focus on curb appeal and interior staging to entice buyers. Staging outdoor areas—decks, patios, and other gathering spots—can also add to your property’s appeal. An inviting outdoor space encourages buyers to see it as an extension of the indoor space, adding virtual square feet to the home. Wash Everything Start with a clean space. Use a hose, power washer, or damp cloth to get rid of pollen, cobwebs, wasp nests, and similar unwelcome things. If you have a deck, pergola, or other wooden feature, give it a fresh coat of stain. Are your chairs rusty or rotted? Replace or remove them. Make sure cushions are free of mold and mildew. Soften Your Space Hard materials, such as wood or concrete, can be cold or unwelcoming. Add an outdoor area rug— preferably one that adds texture and color—and accent pillows to seating. Is there a side to your space that overlooks a street, air conditioning unit, or similar unwanted view? Hang an outdoor curtain or sunshade. Light Up the Night People don’t only use their outdoor space during the day—especially in Texas. Install outdoor string lights, decorative lanterns, or solar powered lighting to illuminate your space. Place small, battery powered lamps on tables to brighten corners or add ambience. Liven Up With Plants Whether it’s flowers or succulents in pots, vines climbing a post, or well-groomed bushes, plants add appealing textures and colors to your space. Even a vase of bright artificial flowers is better than nothing. These tips can help you improve or transform your outdoor space into a place where buyers want to spend time. For more advice on preparing your home for sale, talk to a REALTOR®.