Fortunately, many of
the most effective staging trips are also inexpensive, from a thorough cleaning
to decorator details. Here are five staging tricks that don't cost a bundle:
1. Cleanliness counts - Nothing turns off buyers faster than a dirty house.
Before you list your house, give it a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning -
something that costs nothing but the price of supplies if you do it yourself
and a couple hundred bucks, tops, if you hire pros to do it for you. Don't
overlook little details like baseboards, ceiling fans, blinds and shower doors.
Include decluttering in your cleanup efforts, and remove excess items from your
home, even if you have to rent a storage unit to do it.
2. Work those walls - Painting is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to
help your home look fresh and great. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to
the broadest range of buyers. Don't forget that neutral doesn't have to mean
bland, either. Consider dressing up an accent wall, easily and cost-effectively
with repositionable wallpaper or a removable wallpaper mural. Websites like
MuralsYourWay.com offer a wide variety of repositionable wall coverings, called
SmartStick, in a variety of designs. A patented adhesive makes it easy to
install the mural - creating an eye-catching focal point for any room - and
remove it later if buyers decide they don't want it. It's a great way to get a
designer look at a fraction of the cost - and without the commitment of
3. Fix up the fireplace - Sure, you're heading into summer selling season,
but fireplaces charm buyers no matter what the weather. Make yours look its
best. Old brick fireplaces can get designer flare from a coat of paint. If your
fireplace is wood-burning, remove and clean the screen. If it looks tired and
rusty, give it a fresh look with a coat of heat-resistant spray paint. For gas
fireplaces, keep the glass clean and make sure everything is in working order.
For a nominal cost, you can install a remote starter - a winning feature for
buyers who can envision themselves starting a fire without ever having to leave
the comfort of their couch.
4. Spruce up outdoor living spaces - If you have a deck or patio, do whatever it takes
to spruce it up, from power-washing pavers and deck boards to staining
tired-looking wooden decks. If you don't have a patio or deck, and don't want
to spend a lot of money adding one, you can still create an appealing outdoor
seating area. Mark off an area using stones or plastic edgers near the house or
in a shady spot in the yard. Fill in with pea gravel or wood chips, then add an
attractive bistro set - with umbrella - to create a pleasant seating spot.
5. Brighten the bath - Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses, yet many
sellers are reluctant to sink any additional money into staging a bathroom. You
don't have to spend a bundle to make your bathroom more appealing. After a deep
cleaning, invest in some designer towels that only come out for showings. Put
up a fresh shower curtain and get rid of those nasty area rugs that will make
buyers think "germs." Add a small vase of fresh flowers on the
vanity. Bring in more natural light by removing blinds and ensuring privacy
with removable film that makes windows look frosted. Have a bathroom that
doesn't have windows? You can really brighten it - and make a designer
statement - by placing a removable wallpaper mural on the ceiling. Pick a sky
scene with fluffy clouds on a blue background and you can even brighten a
windowless powder room.
a home can help make it more appealing to potential buyers, and ensure you sell
it faster.Karen Venier is a Broker
Associate at Keller Williams. She is a part of Carr Peck Group which has been
recognized locally and nationally as in expert in real estate. Locally
they are 6th in Denver Metro home sales out of 5,000 agents and have been
recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends as one of the top selling
agents in America. For more information feel free to contact heror call 303-908-9584.
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"We worked with Karen Venier for a relatively short time for a good reason: our home sold at full price within hours of hitting the market! While it’s true that the Denver housing market is “hot,” credit for the speed and ease of our transaction belongs to Karen. She was great to work with, giving us perfect advice about readying our home for sale and then expertly guiding us from offer to close. Along the way, we came to appreciate Karen for her skillful blend of professionalism and personal touches – like dropping off our favorite beverages during a particularly stressful time in our move or shoveling our driveway in subzero temps after we’d left the state (way beyond the call of duty!). Now that we’ve relocated to Wisconsin, we keep saying that we wish Karen could be our buyer’s agent here. Since that’s not possible, we’ll shout her name loudly to whoever might be looking for a home in the Denver area.
Thanks for the great work, Karen!