In a competitive real estate market, it's essential to give potential buyers something to remember. Whether it's a well decorated room, a memorable multi-purpose nook, or a spectacular entryway, it's important to make your home stand out from the rest. Fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot of money to make it happen. We've provided a few simple home staging tips that will help.
Spruce up the front porch - Not only will potential buyers see the front porch from the street, but they will be focusing in on it as they enter the house, too. Be sure the front door is neatly painted and the hardware is scratch-free. If not, you can make your home stand out with a fresh coat of paint and a shiny new doorknob and door knocker. Pay attention to the appearance of outdoor lighting, house numbers, wall-mounted mailboxes and other fixtures, too. You can't go wrong with a multi-layering of plants and flowers to help add life and color to this area, as well.
Makeover the entryway - The entryway is the first thing guests see when they walk into your home. As they say, first impressions are very important, so be sure to give those that enter something to remember. Paint the walls a pretty neutral shade and add a pop of color by way of an area rug. Not only will the rug make the room looked pulled-together, it will help protect the flooring too. Remove all personal photographs and mementos, as this allows buyers to mentally place their own belongings in the space. Get more ideas on how to make your home stand out with these Frugal Foyer Fix-ups.
Reduce clutter - A cluttered room is one that will appear small and closed in, which is the last impression you want visitors to get. Therefore, one of the most important things you can do is remove clutter from every room in the house. This means removing things from the floor, inside closets and cabinets, beneath furniture, and so on. Find a place for absolutely everything you own and remove the things that aren't essential. Check out these smart Decorating Ideas for a Decluttered Life.
Spruce up outdoor living - The more 'living' area your home has to offer, the more buyers will remember it. Whether you have a small patio, covered porch, or a small nook outdoors, make the most of what you have by displaying it as an additional living space. Dress the spot up with comfortable outdoor furniture, cozy lanterns or candles, and other decorative accents. Use these home staging tips and learn how to Create an Outdoor Room.
Cozy things up - Lighting has a dramatic impact on the way others see your home, yet it is often one of the most overlooked aspects of home staging. If your home is lit by stark fluorescent lighting, or is left in the dark by an inadequate light source, buyers won't get the full picture of what your home has to offer. Make your home stand out by offering a layering of light. Install dimmer switches on main light sources, which can then be used to determine the intensity of light at any given time. Install inexpensive 'tap lights' beneath kitchen cabinetry for ambient lighting, and don't forget to change all your lightbulbs to energy efficient models. These bulbs omit light that closely resembles natural light, making it more flattering. Learn how to Create Ambiance with Lighting.
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