Can’t-Miss Home Staging Tips

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Can’t-Miss Home Staging Tips

Home Staging Solutions

1. Grimy bathroom walls are a major red flag to buyers.

Here is an easy way to get rid of sur­face mold : ix a spray bot­tle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and watch the mold dis­ap­pear. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and your grimy bath­room will go from red flag to red-hot.

2. Don’t replace a yucky shower door : Just scour it.

A grimy glass show­er door can real­ly wash out your sale. Instead of replac­ing it, clean it with a mix­ture of one part muri­at­ic acid and about 10 parts water. Scrub with steel wool. After wip­ing it down, rein­stall the door and you’ll have a show­er that’ll help you clean up at the open house.

3. Avoid dated tile by painting.

Bath­rooms sell hous­es, but dat­ed tile in a bath­room doesn’t. A low-cost alter­na­tive to replac­ing the tile is to use paint. First coat the tiles with a high-adhe­sion primer. Next, brush on a spe­cial ceram­ic epoxy cov­er­ing. For a frac­tion of the cost of new tile, you will have an up-to-date bath­room that brings in big bucks.

4. Pedestal sinks are a big hit with buyers.

They show off square footage in small bath­rooms beau­ti­ful­ly. First, your old van­i­ty has to go. Next, just hook up your new sink, and your bath­room will have dra­mat­ic appeal that brings in big bucks. Plus, buy­ers will see how much floor space your bath­room has.

5. A master bedroom should appeal to both sexes.

When you are sell­ing, your mas­ter bed­room should appeal to buy­ers of both sex­es. Get rid of fea­tures that seem too gen­der-spe­cif­ic. Paint the walls a neu­tral col­or, and choose bed­ding that match­es. Then acces­sorize with items that com­ple­ment the over­all col­or scheme.

6. Do you have an overpowering brick fireplace that sticks out like a sore thumb ?

Here’s an easy way to tone it down with paint. Use a rag or brush to rub a light coat of paint on the bricks, one at a time. This will give them a new tone with­out cov­er­ing them com­plete­ly. And, if you use a paint col­or that match­es the walls, your fire­place will go from stick­ing out to stand­ing out.

7. Updating an old fireplace screen is a cheap (and quick) fix.

After remov­ing the screen and wip­ing it down to get rid of the dust, mask off the win­dows so you won’t get paint on them. Then, using a can of heat-resis­tant spray paint, give the screen a facelift. Hold the can about 18 inch­es away, and use long, even strokes. For less than $5, you will have a fire­place screen that’ll keep your sale from going up in smoke.

8. Turn an unattractive fireplace into a selling feature.

Need to turn an unat­trac­tive fire­place into a sell­ing fea­ture ? First, that dat­ed brass screen has got to go. Next, give the fire­place a good clean­ing, scrub­bing it with soap and water. Then, using a stone col­or enhancer, pol­ish the bricks to make them shine. In no time you will have a fire­place that will turn your house into the hottest prop­er­ty on the block.

9. Stain dated kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them.

Dat­ed kitchen cab­i­nets can be a big turnoff to poten­tial buy­ers. Instead of pay­ing big bucks to replace them, just stain them. First, apply the stain in even strokes, going with the grain of the wood. Add some styl­ish hard­ware, and your kitchen will have the up-to-date look that buy­ers love, for less than $200.

10. Stainless-steel appliances are definitely in with buyers.

Instead of buy­ing a new dish­wash­er, here is a low-cost way to resur­face an old one : First, remove the front pan­els, and clean them. Next, apply a stain­less-steel stick-on cov­er­ing, and cut it to size. For just $20 your dish­wash­er will go from out­dat­ed to ultra-mod­ern.

11. Fill existing hardware holes instead of making new, unsightly ones.

Remov­ing old kitchen hard­ware can leave your cab­i­nets with stripped-out holes. Here is a trick to reusing the exist­ing ones.

First, dip a tooth­pick in glue and place it in the stripped hole. Cut off the excess piece. Once the glue dries, you’ll be ready to put in the hard­ware that buy­ers love.

12. Save money on granite countertops.

Gran­ite coun­ter­tops are a huge sell­ing fea­ture, but they can be expen­sive. Here are a few ways to save on this invest­ment :

First, do the demo your­self. Also, ask the ven­dor for rem­nants from pre­vi­ous projects. Remem­ber, any mon­ey you spend will def­i­nite­ly be returned in the val­ue these beau­ti­ful coun­ters add to your kitchen.

13. New kitchen appliances bring high returns from sellers.

Stud­ies show that new kitchen appli­ances bring high returns from sell­ers, so get rid of old appli­ances that make the rest of the kitchen look dat­ed. Once you install the new equip­ment, it will scream new kitchen,” and you will see that spend­ing a lit­tle mon­ey will make you even more.

14. Adding drama to old hardwood flooring is easier than you might think.

First, iso­late dam­aged boards, cut them out and replace them with new pieces. Rent a sander from a local hard­ware store, and give the floor a good sand­ing. The last step is to stain the boards with a rich col­or, and watch your floor go from drab to dra­mat­ic in no time.

15. Buyers love built-in bookshelves.

There’s a fine line between fill­ing them with clut­ter and stag­ing them to sell. The trick is to arrange neu­tral items in clus­ters. Make sure that no sin­gle acces­so­ry stands out too much. That way, you’ll show off your attrac­tive built-ins, and not your per­son­al belong­ings.

16. Curb appeal is vital to attracting buyers.

Here is how to stop traf­fic using col­or. First, with two tones of paint, add a faux fin­ish to any cor­ner key­stones. Next, bring out the col­or of walk­way pavers using a stone seal­er. Plant flow­ers in bloom, and you’ll have buy­ers swarm­ing like bees to your front door.

17. A nice outdoor deck can be a big selling feature, but an old one is a major liability.

To give your out­door space new life, first sand the wood. Cov­er it with a light-col­ored stain instead of paint to give it a rus­tic, grainy look. Fur­nish it for enter­tain­ing, and watch your open house turn into a par­ty.

18. Breathe new life into a worn patio.

Do you have a red-brick patio sur­face that needs to be fresh­ened up ? Here is an easy way to give it new life with paint. First, roll a light coat of paint onto the bricks. Next, light­ly spray them with water and then dab them before they dry to give them an out­door look. When you are done, you will have a patio that looks fresh and reels in buy­ers.

19. Staging rooms to show off their true potential is essential when selling your home.

Clear out clut­ter or oth­er per­son­al items that will dis­tract buy­ers. Paint the walls a neu­tral tone, and fur­nish the space to show off how func­tion­al it is. When buy­ers come through and imag­ine them­selves there, you can bet an offer isn’t far behind.

20. A shabby wood-panel wall is not a strong selling point.

Instead of rip­ping it out, cov­er it up. Use wood filler to care­ful­ly fill in all the cracks between the pan­els. Then, use a sponge to wipe away the excess filler. Once it’s dry, paint the room. You’ll see an unat­trac­tive wall go from stand­ing out to blend­ing in.

21. Let the sun shine in.

Buy­ers love light and airy liv­ing rooms, but dark and dingy isn’t on their list. Open up your win­dow shades to let some light in. Cheat some sun­shine with a light-col­ored paint and lots of arti­fi­cial light­ing. You can nev­er have too many lamps. Last, arrange the space with light­ly col­ored fur­ni­ture, and you’ll have a liv­ing room that bright­ens your chances of a sale.

22. Stage rooms with one purpose so buyers will know what it is.

Poten­tial buy­ers are con­fused by extra rooms that have a mish­mash of uses. To avoid this prob­lem, first clear away clut­ter and excess fur­ni­ture. Paint the walls a neu­tral tone and then fur­nish the room with a desk to stage it as a home office in which buy­ers will want to get down to busi­ness.

23. Unpleasant pet odors won’t win over buyers.

We all love our pets, but unpleas­ant pet odors can make a neg­a­tive first impres­sion. Be sure to get rid of old car­pet that can trap offen­sive smells. Replace it with fresh new car­pet in a neu­tral col­or. Plus, if you paint the walls to match, your liv­ing room will look big­ger. It’ll go from designed to smell to designed to sell.

24. Pack up unnecessary items and furniture before you show the house.

An over­packed liv­ing room is a red flag to buy­ers that your home lacks stor­age space. Pack up unnecce­sary items and fur­ni­ture, and move items to your garage or a near­by stor­age facil­i­ty. Clear the way for a sale by let­ting buy­ers see your square footage, not your per­son­al belong­ings.

25. Storage space sells !

Poten­tial buy­ers love homes that have lots of stor­age space. Since they will open your clos­ets, it’s a good idea to clear out unnec­es­sary clut­ter, and orga­nize your shelves to show off how much stor­age you real­ly have. Plus, it gives you a chance to start pack­ing, as you will def­i­nite­ly be mov­ing once buy­ers see all that clos­et space.

26. Create a nice flow in your rooms.

Buy­ers are attract­ed to homes that have a good flow. You can cre­ate cir­cu­la­tion by replac­ing square or rec­tan­gu­lar din­ing tables with round ones. Cut­ting the cor­ners adds room to this maneu­ver and cre­ates a spin­off effect that adds flow to your home — cash flow, that is.

27. Create a better flow in the house by starting with the floor.

Want to cre­ate bet­ter flow in your house ? Start with the floor. Join two rooms togeth­er by using the most cost-effi­cient mate­r­i­al in the book : vinyl tile. First, use a snap-line to cre­ate a cen­ter point between the two rooms. Next, the fun part : Peel and stick the new vinyl tile down, and watch your kitchen and din­ing room go from old to sold !