If you’re prepping to sell your home, you probably already have what seems like an endless list of items on your to-do list. You want your home to look its best, but you don’t want to spend a ton of time (or money) on changes that may not impact your sale.
But thankfully, by focusing your efforts on just a few keys areas, you can transform a buyer’s first impression of your home—without consulting a designer or buying new, fancy furniture.
1. It’s more about what you remove than what you add
Good news for your budget. De-cluttering or temporarily stowing away furniture that looks awkward or bulky is the most effective way to quickly revitalize your space. There’s a reason why professional stagers only fill closets or bookshelves to 50% capacity, as a general rule. If you’re still living in your home this might not be practical advice to mimic, but following these tips can have a large impact.
- Clear your countertops, mantles, coffee tables, and vanities.
- Eliminate the ‘lived-in’ look from your bathroom. Stow away those towels, shampoo bottles and bath mats.
- Remove children’s toys—or at minimum, keep them contained to one area.
- Play with your furniture layout to emphasize the purpose of each space and maximize square footage.
2. First and foremost: A deep clean
Your home may be decorated to perfection, but it’s to no avail if it looks overdue for a deep clean. Even the most practical of home buyers will have a hard time looking past a dog hair covered couch or grimy grout. So, before bothering with the finer details of staging, make sure you have this one down.
3. Skip anything that seems too contrived
Setting the table with plates, glasses and cutlery; leaving freshly baked cookies on the kitchen counter; strategically planting wine glasses on the front porch; or placing a breakfast tray on the foot of the bed. These things all smell contrived, and possibly desperate, to savvy buyers.
4. When in doubt, go neutral
Fresh, neutral paint is often one of the cheapest and easiest ways to transform a room. Wild colors or dark hues can be an instant turn-off. That’s not to say color doesn’t have its place, but neutral colors allow buyers to see themselves adapting the space to their taste more easily. You’ve probably heard this advice time and time again, but there’s a reason for it.
5. Good lighting matters
A few burnt out bulbs or closed blinds can make your home seem dreary. Do a quick ‘lighting audit’ in each room of your house to make sure it’s as light and bright as possible. If you have some dated fixtures, consider swapping them out. It’s an inexpensive way to change the look of an entire room.
6. Request a condition assessment with Virgent
Want to know exactly what you need to do (and don’t need to do) before listing? Our experts give you their professional opinions and walk you through detailed staging advice specific to your home. Just request an online home valuation to get started.