Staging a home on a budget isn’t as hard as you may think. As a real estate agent, you can advise sellers on how to instantly boost the appeal of their home using tricks of the trade that cost little or no money and bring a huge return on investment.
Small changes add up to create buyer-friendly rooms that can sell a home fast for a premium price. Below, you’ll find five ways to stage a home on the cheap.
1. Curb appeal entices the buyer to see more
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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The tone set by a property for drive-by visitors will dictate buyers’ emotional reaction. They will either love it or hate it based on their first impression. So, neat and tidy is the recipe here.
Manicure the lawn, trim the bushes and weed all flower beds. If the mulch is faded, add a layer of new mulch to freshen it up. These simple changes will add loads of curb appeal.
Once the yard is in order, hang a seasonal wreath or welcome sign on the front door, and use flower pots to add color to the walkway and porch.
These additions are perfect because container gardening allows you to take advantage of seasonal colors, and best of all, if you kill a plant, you can easily replace it.
Further enhancements that are inexpensive include power-washing the home and replacing worn house numbers.
If the front door looks like it’s seen better days, ask the homeowners to freshen it up with a new coat of paint. You can often find attractive colors deeply discounted on the “oops” shelf at your local paint store.
2. Use the 90-day rule to maximize space
Most buyers cannot see past clutter. It is so important that sellers understand that the temporary removal of unnecessary and personal items is imperative if they want to sell their home quickly at a desirable price.