Staging a home FOR SALE doesn’t mean money has to be spent. As home owners you can do several tasks to improve your home appeal for the buyers, before it goes on the market.
Here are five tips of things to do at no cost:
1. Curb Appeal – Remember that the first impressions are the most important key in selling a home. Mow, weed, rake, trim edges and over grown bushes. The house should not be hidden behind bushes. If you can’t see it, you can sell it. Hose down the walkways. Store garbage cans neatly away from the front of the house. Keep kid’s toys and bikes away.
2. De-clutter- Yes, you have heard this before. But REALLY de-clutter. You’re moving anyway, so pack away. Consider renting a storage unit. Donate. Closets are important and home buyers want and love storage. Empty out your closet by 60%. Keep the floors clear. The same thing is true for kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
3. Clean – By clean, I really mean deep cleaning. No one wants to walk into a dirty homes, especially bathrooms. Dirty windows stop the eyes. Clean, clean, and do more cleaning. Can’t emphasis enough.
4. Let there be light – Do all you can do to let natural light in. Heavy drapes need to go out. The windows should not be blocked by anything. Take out window screens. Replace the burnt bulbs and go for higher wattage ones. If you have a dark corner, buy a floor up-lighter for a home improvement store. This will be the best $15 that you ever spent.
Just keep in mind, that a little elbow grease and lots of attention to detail will help you to meet your sales goal. Stay tuned to the other five no cost ways to increase your home appeal for the market.