Selling Your Nashville Home? 7 Steps To Staging On A Tight Budget
Home staging is generally the process of making your home appear like a “Model Home”. It’s extremely effective and it can definitely expedite selling your Nashville home. However, many homeowners are apprehensive when it comes to staging out of fear that it will cost them an arm and a leg to hire a professional. Rightfully so, a professional home stager can cost anywhere from $100 for just basic recommendations up to $3000 + for in-depth staging services. If you don’t have that cash to spend, you can easily and effectively stage your home yourself at a fraction of the cost. Here are some very helpful do-it-yourself home staging tips that won’t break your wallet.
1. DECLUTTER & DEPERSONALIZE – If you’re a pack rat then it’s time to start “unpacking”! A stuffy room is overwhelming. You need to remove all unnecessary clutter; magazines, excessive books, multiple pictures on walls, unwanted furniture pieces, personal items such as trophies, knick knacks, and anything that doesn’t enhance the overall aesthetics of the room. The idea is to get potential buyers to picture their personal items on the shelves, not yours, and in order for that to happen they have to be able to SEE the shelves.
2. PAINT – The most expensive part of painting is the time it takes to do it. Something as simple as painting an accent wall to modernize the room will give it more depth and dimension. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference a contemporary paint color can make. Loud wall colors can be an eyesore and just an overall distraction. You want the buyer to use as little imagination in order to see the potential of your home and envision themselves living there.
3. BRING IN NATURAL LIGHT – Let there be light! Pull back window treatments and blinds. Open up the room to natural light. Light makes the room feel bigger, more open and much more inviting. A plant next to a window is also a nice touch that adds a warm and “homey” feel.
4. USE MATCHING TOWELS & SHOWER CURTAINS – Matching towels and shower curtains in the bathrooms add a cleaner and overall more appealing feel. They give the bathroom a cohesive “hotel look”. You don’t have to buy expensive brands, just make sure they match and are hung and/or folded nicely.
5. USE ATTRACTIVE BEDDING – The bed in the master bedroom is a focal point. Buyers like to envision what it would be like to relax in their future bedroom with the sound of birds chirping in the morning. If the bed is plain or unmade it doesn’t offer the buyer a sense of wanting to climb in and relax. Choose bedding that is neutral yet attractive. Adding some matching throw pillows makes the bed more luxurious. Again, an attractive bed gives the room a “hotel look”.
6. UPDATE KITCHEN CABINETS: The kitchen is a major selling point in any home. It kind of serves as the vortex of the house. Therefore, most buyers will focus heavily on the features of what the kitchen has to offer. Updated kitchens are always a plus! However, you don’t have to do a complete overhaul in your kitchen in order to modernize it. Simply sanding or painting the cabinets can make a huge difference. Adding or updating existing cabinet handles and drawer pulls is another very effective way to update your kitchen. Don’t forget that buyers pay attention to little details.
7. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN: Keep your home as clean as possible! This doesn’t mean just removing things from the floor and walkways. Keep your carpets vacuumed, your counters spotless, trash cans out of sight, windows free from dirt and smears, etc. When a seller doesn’t take pride in their home it invokes a sense that the home is not valuable enough to be appreciated, not to mention it’s just downright tacky. An un-kept home also sends a message to potential buyers that you are not serious about selling your Nashville home, therefore, why should they be serious about buying it?
When done right STAGING is highly impactful and it doesn’t have to cost you a mortgage payment in order to get your home up to par. Selling your Nashville home in this market is highly competitve due to the high inventory of foreclosures. Your house has to shine in order to grab a buyer’s attention. If you stage your home you will surely get more momentum as well as a quicker sale, and the best part of staging is that you can do it yourself!