Staging your Home

Now that its time to sell your home, there is a lot that may need to be done. We know that you have been in your home for years and sometimes even decades, and over that time you have filled it with all of your keepsakes, memories, and valuables. Now as the house is open for sale, you want for all of the people coming who see the house to be able to envision it as their new home, not as someone else’s. Now it is time to stage your home so that it will be appealing, fresh, and intriguing to all of those buyers out there!

Seniors Living Well has handled many clients who are selling their homes, and have found many aspects of staging to better your chances at closing a deal fast and, as we all appreciate, for the right price. Yes, there are many potential projects to be done to your home, but which ones are the priority, and which ones will offer you the greatest returns. Of course every home is different, and all of these renovations/stylisations will not work for EVERY home on the market, so it is important for you to discus these options with your realtor and move managers. According to several sources, (see below) and our own insight into the local market, here are 5 of the staging repairs and renovations that should yield you the highest return on your investment.

  1. Lighten and Brighten. Turn up the wattage of your light bulbs and fix any broken or damaged electrical devices in the room. Make sure skylights and windows are clean, and keep the window treatments open during the day. “People are buying space and light, for the most part” says Myra Zollinger a leading Real Estate professional. The average cost of this action is only $96 and could yield you up to 823% on that investment.
  2. Clean and De-clutter. Remove clutter out of the house when showing. By renting a storage unit or by selling excess items, you open up your house to being cleaner, more crisp, more spacious, and more inviting. Keep every room clean during open houses, and do pre-open house cleanliness inspections. A clean and de-clutterd home, on average, will sell for up to $2,947 more. This is an effective improvement!
  3. Fashioning the Room. Staging items are a great way to make a room’s appeal go up. Buying flowers and plants to liven up the spaces will be charming and give the illusion of even more light and space. Dispose of old, damaged, or bulky furniture pieces so that you can show the space simple and understated. Consider renting furniture to be shown in the new clean rooms, if your furniture doesn’t work. Remember that most all of the potential buyers you will have in your home already have furniture, and they are going to be able to see and envision their furniture fitting in the house. Expect to see a 160% return on this investment!
  4. Paint the Interiors. Repair any damaged walls by patching any chips, cracks, or holes. then touch up or repaint. When it comes to walls, color is popular. The problem is that the next buyer might not like the same colors. Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to make a house look clean and fresh. And if you’re going to repaint prior to selling, stick with neutrals. Despite the fact that it’s more boring to live in, it’s still an easier sale. And remember that white reflects the light best and makes rooms look their largest. You could expect to see upwards of a $3,000 increase in selling price!
  5. Clean your closets. Sellers need to empty the closets of half the things they have in them. Partially empty closets look roomy — and space sells. Do the same thing with kitchen cabinets. And if you donate your extra clothes and surplus food to a shelter or food bank, you won’t have to worry about moving it to your next home. This you can do for free, and will boost the marketability of your home immensely.

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