Low Cost, Easy Interior Decorating Ideas that Offer the Highest ROI
From the moment you decide to sell your home, it is imperative to start looking at things impartially through the eyes of a prospective buyer. The concept known as staging has become very popular in the last 10 years and for good reason.
Staged homes spend less time on the market; sell faster and for more money than lack luster listings in the same neighborhood.
It is a fact that less than 10% of potential home buyers can actually visualize beyond the current homeowners furniture, family photos and wallpaper.
That means that your personal lifestyle, family clutter and lifetime of stuff will get in the way of selling your house fast.
#1 Staging is not decorating your home
Home staging is the clever and deliberate art of showcasing a home in such as way that a potential buyer can imagine themselves living in it. It is not necessary to be an interior designer to get through the home staging process.
However, the one prerequisite needed is the ability to emotionally detach from your home and belongings, and approach the home staging project with objectivity and impartiality.
Here are the top five ways to stage a home without remodeling, renovating and for very little money.
#2 Get Rid of the Clutter
The number one way to stage a home to sell is to cut the clutter. It is by far the worst distraction for buyers and will make a huge difference in how long the house sits on the market, and what it sells for.
Clutter makes a house seem smaller, darker and dirtier and often a real estate agent will list an overly cluttered home for as much as 20% less than a comparable home in the same neighborhood. De-clutter every room in the house without exception!
Reducing the clutter will also make it much easier to keep every room clean and tidy during the selling phase.
#3 Let the Buyer Picture Themselves Living in the House
As soon as the house is put on the market to sell, it is essentially no longer your home. Or at least, this is the frame of mind needed to stage effectively, sell faster and for top dollar.
The sweeping staircase walls that are lined with framed family photos must be put away, the 600-spoon collection that has taken over the kitchen needs to be packed away, and anything else that is particularly personal should be removed.
The ultimate goal is to make it as easy as possible for a buyer to put themselves in your home, and personal items are very off-putting.
Take care not to leave walls too bare or the house can become to cold to viewers. Artwork that is attractive and appropriate to the room can be left on the walls as well as mirrors which reflect light back into the room and make the space appear larger.
#4 Choose Paint Colors that are Neutral
If a bedroom is painted pale blue and in good repair, there is no reason to repaint. On the other hand, if the living room is blood red and the dining room is hunter green, changing to more neutral paint colors is imperative.
Darker rooms are harder to sell and do not present a clean palette on which a buyer can envision decorating to their own taste.
Choose warm neutral colors such as cream, pale sage and ecru. Caution: Painting an entire home in a clinical, cold white color is just as bad as leaving the dark colors.
#5 Staging a House with Furniture Placement and Accessories
It is important to appeal to a broad range of tastes and decorating styles; because selling a house is really selling a lifestyle. Try and arrange furniture and home décor accessories in an artful manner to suggest a desirable lifestyle to buyers.
A set of overstuffed club chairs by the fireplace in the great room conveys warmth; a bistro set tucked in a quiet corner of the kitchen with a half completed crossword puzzle set out on the table suggests quaint comfort.
Create a spa environment in the bath by laying out a tasteful display of soaps, bath salts and fluffy bath towels.
Keep in mind that too much furniture in a room makes it look small. It is important to edit home décor and remove large, bulky pieces of furniture.
In main living spaces, such as the living room and bedrooms, keep only necessary pieces of furniture so the rooms appear spacious with good flow.
#6 The Home Must be Sparkling Clean
It is impossible to see past dust, dirt and unclean rooms and it will take longer to sell a dirty home.
Always look past the obvious superficial cleaning and look for other areas to clean – make sure windows are picture perfect, banisters, light fixtures and baseboards are wiped, the inside of cupboards are organized and the fridge and stove have been thoroughly scrubbed.
For busy professionals or housework phobics, consider hiring a cleaning company.
The purpose of staging a home, inside and outdoors, is to sell the illusion of a lifestyle but it is not necessarily your everyday lifestyle.
Home staging helps a potential buyer to move in mentally and emotionally, connecting them with the house and hopefully driving them to make an offer to purchase so it can become their home.