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Staging Your Home On A Budget

source: Victoria Araj- Quicken Loans -Albuquerque, New Mexico

Home staging is when you prepare your home for sale, inside and out, focusing on design and overall appearance. However, many homeowners believe that to sell their home, they will have to spend buko bucks to get it into shape to attract potential buyers.

It’s time to debunk that myth right now! Not everyone can afford to do a major makeover as seen on home improvement shows.

There are many ways to set the stage for a smooth and quick purchase of your home on a budget, with some time and creativity. Learn the benefits of staging your home and the ways you can do so without having to tap your retirement fund!

Benefits of Staging Your Home

New Perspective: The home staging process makes you think like a buyer, which is a valuable tool when trying to present your home from the outside looking in. Ask yourself, would I buy my house again as is?

Cleanliness and Organization: Staging forces you to clear out cabinets, clean shelves, go through closets and pack up knick-knacks. You’ll have to do this anyway when you move, but now it serves a dual purpose – saving you last minute stress and enlarging your rooms by removing clutter.

Reduced Market Time: Staging makes it more likely that your house won’t be on the market forever. Staging makes the home more desirable and can help you achieve a sale faster, which allows you to move on.

Opportunity to Showcase Worth: If you are selling your home in a buyer’s market, it’s easier to defend your asking price when your home stands out. Proper home staging can help you display all the reasons why your home should become theirs at a price that’s comfortable for everyone.

Home staging is not just reserved for the inside. Otherwise known as curb appeal, the outside of your home should make potential buyers want to see the inside.

Staging the Outside of Your Home

Here’s where the outside-looking-in perspective kicks in. Start by standing at the curb and jotting down what you see. If this wasn’t your home and you were simply walking by, what is your first impression? Do you see shutters with chipped paint? Does the area around the porch look dull and in need of some color?

Clean: Your windows, siding, shutters and porch should be spotless. If you know someone with a power washer, borrow it! You can cover more territory in less time. In addition, make sure that the address on your house and on the curb is legible, as house-hunters often visit neighborhoods in the evening.

Paint: The paint on your house and garage should be chip-free and neutral in color. Make sure that the doors, shutters, and trim are pleasing to the eye. For example, if your shutters are green and your door is pale yellow, consider painting the shutters yellow to create a more standard color scheme.

Manicure: Make sure that the lawn is mowed regularly, the edges are trimmed and all weeds are removed. Trim bushes and unruly tree branches, especially near the entryway.

Brighten: If you have a flowerbed, add some fresh mulch. If you don’t, potted plants and flowers add pops of color and can be moved around easily. Consider bright colors like yellow, purple and pink to offset the neutrality of your home.

When you are done with the outside, you can tackle the inside, starting with the entryway.

Remember, home staging is about presenting your home in a way that appeals to a broad range of people so that you can sell your home quickly and for a price that makes you happy!

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