Transforming and taking your home to the next level when it’s on the market is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you’d like to inspire multiple offers or get a strong return on investment (ROI). Sometimes splurging on fancy household accessories or professional staging services isn’t in the cards when it comes to selling your home. Home sellers who want to show their space in the best possible way without breaking the bank will find these 5 tips useful. The best part about these ideas is that you can do them all yourself!
1. Deep Cleaning
The cleanliness of an interior and exterior is usually the first thing that a potential homebuyer notices. An unkept property can turn anyone off, even if it's worth millions. A deep clean takes some elbow grease but you won't have to spend a lot of money making sure your home sparkles for viewings. Scrub the floors, bathrooms, kitchens and anything that has a surface. Dust the windowsills, blinds, countertops, and shelves. Rent or borrow a steam cleaner for carpets. Polish up appliances in the kitchen and make sure bathrooms shine. Whip out the magic-eraser for markings on walls, and wipe away any smudges on glass. Power wash any grime you see on the exterior of your house.
The overall cleanliness of your abode will also make an impact on any lingering odors.
2. Flower Power
There's something to be said about a fresh bouquet of flowers bringing back life to a space. A flower arrangement is an easy way to bring cheerfulness to a particular place in a room. Not only do flowers add to the overall aesthetic of a space, it shows that someone made an effort, which can leave some kind of positive impression on a potential home buyer. Consider flowers that have staying power and a pleasant fragrance, like lilies or roses.
3. Clear Away Clutter
Streamlining your home by getting rid of clutter and disorganization is a great way to show potential home buyers the integrity and dimensions of your space. If you don't want to spend a dime on staging your house, tidying up is the best way to transform your space. You don't even have to invest in closet organizers or baskets to hide away items you don’t want your home sellers to see. Closets and rooms that are left uncluttered give the impression of there being more storage space throughout the property. You can de-clutter by neatly stacking boxes full of extra items in the garage or basement. If you have too many items but don’t want to rent out a storage unity, perhaps this is a great time to donate objects of little or no use.
4. Lighten Up
Before your viewing, be sure to open up all curtains and blinds. Turn on all the lights and lighting features throughout the house. If you happen to have leftover paint, consider brightening your space up by putting on a fresh coat on the baseboards, doors and walls. Removing items or rearranging your pieces of furniture will also add to a lighter feeling throughout your home.
5. Curate Your Culture
Streamlining and decluttering your decorations and personal touches can help you avoid distracting potential home buyers from viewing your space properly. Replace personal photos with art. Remove beside table clutter and replace it with books, a nice candle, or a funky lamp. Ditch old magazines from coffee tables and replace them with an interesting look-book or a beautiful plant. Eliminate personal items around bathroom sinks with neatly folded towels and face towels. Essentially, when transforming your space, compare it to a charming hotel: inviting, immaculate, yet slightly impersonal.
Your real estate agent should be able to provide you some insight into how much staging your home needs to maximize it's desirability. If you're looking to sell your home in Santa Cruz, get in touch with Lauren today at 800.226.4717 to learn more.