There is really no excuse to not get almost all the information you need to DIY, as there are too many outlets available to do so. Great methods to find these ideas are catalogs, searching online, word of mouth, reading related books, or watching design TV shows such as HGTV, or House Hunter. All of these outlets will give you great tips and useful information. It will also give you ideas to decorate your new home!
When a potential buyer views the home, one of the most important things they will be assessing is the amount of space and storage the home has. Thus, whatever small things you have tucked away in drawers, or cabinets, will be seen. Not only will clearing these things out make the space appear larger, but the buyer does not want to look at all of your prescriptions. Read: 11 Frugal Ideas for Staging a Home for Sale.
One of the most important keys to selling your home is de-cluttering. This includes getting rid of all unnecessary items in the home, such as excess children’s toys, and clearing off magnets and photos from the refrigerator for example. All rooms are important when it comes to decluttering. The entryway is of utmost importance, as it is the buyers first impression of the home. The buyer wants to envision themselves in the home, which they cannot do when they look around and see photos of your family in it.
Floors are of utmost importance when considering purchasing a home. Dirty carpets are not a good look. Not only does someone not want to have to consider the cost of replacing carpet, but it also gives off the idea that the home was not well-maintained. Staging is about making it easier for the buyer envision themselves in the home. A great way to do this is to set the table; it is easy to do, and it makes all the difference. The buyer can see themselves having parties throughout the year.
The yard should be in good shape, and look well-maintained. Again, the yard and the foyer are crucial in creating a positive first impression in the buyer’s eyes. Don’t cook anything with a pungent smell before prospective buyers come to view the house. No one wants to walk in and smell the salmon you have just made. Also, these smells distract the buyer from having a good first impression when they walk in, because they immediately think about the smell in the air other than focusing on what the entry looks like.
Fresh flowers are a great way to make the buyer associate the home with positive feelings, as flowers are correlated with happiness. If you have a fireplace and you are showing your home in the fall or winter, use it. Nothing is more inviting to a prospective buyer than a warm firing going. All the same, fresh flowers can do wonders. See: Sell Your Home Fast: 21 Staging Tips.