Are you planning on putting your home on the market sometime in the near future? Increasing the value of your home is easier than you think. Staging your home is a simple way to give your house an instant ‘wow’ factor. Statistically, a staged home will sell 80% faster and for 10% more than an unstaged home. Here are a few simple ways to make your home worth more than you ever imagined.
1. Keep your home sparkling clean
The easiest way to increase your home’s price tag is by keeping it spick and span. Buyers want to see a clean, fresh home. Make sure to focus on your kitchen as kitchens sell home. Make sure to give special attention to countertops, grout lines, appliances, and wash the countertops inside and out (people look!) Also scour the fridge and the pantry, and hide all trash cans.
2. Depersonalize your home
As hard as it might be, you will have to take down any family mementos and photos. You have to transform your space to look as much like a model home as possible. This gives potential home owners an opportunity to envision themselves living in your home rather than having them focus on all your family’s most treasured memories.
3. Declutter your space
Are you a pack rat? Do like knick-knacks? Make sure you put away any unnecessary items before your first open house. The less cluttered your home is, the more spacious it will feel. This will make potential home owners feel like they’re visiting a bigger space.
4. Organize furniture placement to create flow between rooms
Arrange your furniture so that it maximizes the space in each room and clearly defines the space in each room. This will allow potential buyers to clearly see how each room in your home can be used. Remove any excess furniture for optimal floor and walking space.
5. Remove heavy window treatments
Today’s home buyers are looking for homes with lots of natural light. Tear down any heavy window treatments and replace with simple neutral-colored draperies, curtain panels, window blinds, or shades so that potential home owners can focus on your fantastic backyard view and the gorgeous sunlight rather than the heavy blinds covering it.
6. Paint walls a neutral color
Prospective buyers only need to see the features of the home. They shouldn’t be distracted by your decorating style. If a potential buyer isn’t a fan of some of your bold color schemes, they are less likely to put in an offer.
7. Create a cozy feeling with decorative accents
8. Make sure everything is in good condition
Before you have potential buyers coming to check out your home, make sure there are no torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out lightbulbs. Even though you might be used to them, potential buyers will come with a much more critical eye. Any perceived defect to the home could be enough for someone to pass on buying your home.