It is important to take the time to stage your home before putting it on the market, even if its just the 5 Golden Rules.
Home staging can be pricey depending on how large your home is and if you need to remove all items from the home. Home staging can be done on a budget. Homes that are occupied by Sellers, are on the market all the time. Sellers are living in their homes. Some have kids and pets. But, a good agent will set the expectation for the Buyer they bring through the home. But, a good agent will prepare the home to sell. And, if Professional Staging is not in the budget then there are many things you can do to your home to “stage” it with a few dollars or no money at all. The idea behind this is that you want that buyer to envision living in your home. However, we don’t want them to see how you “really”live….UNLESS, you are the person who lives like a magazine photo and I know many of you like this and I am jealous!!
Home staging on a budget can be things as easy as De-Cluttering. This is my #1 rule. De-clutter closets and book cases. Remove all the nick-knacks you have collected through the years. Remove all those awesome family photos & wedding pictures. Take all items off counters in Kitchen and Bathrooms. This is a great time to just start packing things away. For the bathroom, I recommend a cute little basket with all your necessities. When you leave for showings put that cute basket away. Same for closet. Box it up, especially closets packed with clothes. Pack away what you won’t wear. Big jackets in the Summer and Shorts and sundresses in the Winter can be packed away. To be honest, a garage full of nicely organized boxes or storage tubs is not a turnoff for Buyers. A, it shows you are getting ready to move and B, it can help show the size of the garage space. This article that RIS Media put out goes over the 5 Golden Rules. I agree with everyone of them. You are setting the “tone”for the potential Buyer who may or may not have similar taste, kids, animals, etc. If they do then you have no worries, but chances are they will not. So, make that 1st impression on a budget.
5 Golden Rules of Home Staging on a Budget