Home staging is one of the best ways to increase your home’s appeal to buyers, making it sell faster and for top dollar. It doesn’t matter how much your home is selling for, home staging can make a big difference.
You don’t have to invest a lot of money to see results, either. Staging a home for sale can be done on any budget, even if that budget is zero.
Here are five effective home staging tricks that don’t cost a dime, but will still make your home far more appealing to buyers than if it weren’t staged.
Free Home Staging Tricks
Declutter, declutter, declutter
One of the biggest, most important home staging tips of them all is to declutter your home. Even the most organized homes can do with some decluttering to help them show better on the market. This means not only tidying up, but going a step further and clearing out as much stuff as possible.
First, clear off shelves and surfaces, leaving only a few things out for decorative purposes. In the kitchen, for example, put away countertop appliances to maximize the perceived counterspace. Shelves should be edited, too; remove 50-75% of what is displayed on them so there is more negative space. This will instantly make the room feel larger and more open, even though it’s not actually affecting square footage.
Next, clean out the closets and organize them. Don’t declutter your home only to shove everything away in the closets thinking buyers won’t see it. In fact, most buyers look inside closets and cabinets to see how much storage space the home has. If they’re overflowing with stuff, it will seem like the storage space isn’t efficient. Think of this as an opportunity to get ahead with your move by packing some stuff early.
Be sure to also put away kids toys and pet supplies.
De-personalize your décor
There is a reason buyers respond so enthusiastically to model homes, and it’s not just because they have fancy upgrades. It’s because they can easily imagine themselves living in the space. They are warm and inviting, but neutral enough to appeal to a wide range of buyers and give them space to imagine their décor and lifestyle in its place.
Most buyers feel uncomfortable walking through a home when they see a lot of evidence of the people currently living there. It makes them feel like they are walking through a stranger’s home rather than their own future home. To avoid these unnecessary distractions, put away family photos, children’s artwork, certifications and awards, and any other personal touches, including décor.
Create a comfortable traffic flow
To help your home feel comfortable and well laid out, make sure the traffic flow is optimal. If there are any pieces of furniture blocking doorways (such as something making it hard to open the door all the way) or impeding an easy traffic flow, remove it or rearrange things. If it’s awkward to move around the space, that will be a big turn-off to buyers.
Also, create conversation areas that show off the space and make it feel open, not cluttered. Arrange the room around a focal point, such as a fireplace, beautiful view, or large piece of furniture such as an entertainment center or bed. This will help anchor the space and give buyers an idea of how they can arrange their own furniture in it.
Put out place settings
A nice touch that is very easy to do is to put out place settings in all eating areas, such as your dining room table, breakfast nook, and kitchen bar. It may seem frivolous, but this simple detail will make your home look more inviting and help fuel a buyer’s imagination. The settings don’t have to be extravagant, just simple and elegant.
Keep it clean and tidy
No matter how beautifully staged your home is, it will all be for naught if it isn’t kept clean. When your home is on the market, it’s important to wipe down all the surfaces, vacuum, open the windows to air it out, and declutter on a daily basis. You never know when there will be a showing. A clean house sends a message to buyers that the home has been well maintained and cared for, giving them the confidence that their hard-earned money will be wisely invested in your property.