Homeowners hoping to sell a property and turn a bigger profit on it have increasingly turned to staging. With Indianapolis and other areas across the U.S. in a seller's market, this edge could help you stir up bidding wars and promote higher offer prices from your prospective buyers.
However, detractors of the strategy often cite its costliness. According to a 2015 National Association of Realtors report, the average cost of hiring a stager is around $675, but some top-notch professionals can go for thousands.
If you want to wow your buyers with impressive staging without forking over big bucks to do so, trying using one or all of these pro-quality and wallet-friendly tips:
1. Clear the clutter
The easiest way to stage a home is by simplifying the space. Pros usually clear a house of a lot of the homeowners' furniture, leaving only the basics essential to the room. So, if a room is overwhelmed with furniture and knickknacks, you'll want to take that clutter out to show buyers all its spaciousness and beauty.
2. Let there be light
Adjusting your lighting can make all the difference when prospective buyers are looking at your home. To bring more brightness in, swap out your bulbs with ones with a higher wattage. If a room gets great natural light, make sure your windows are allowing that to come in by giving them a thorough clean.
3. Clean everything
Speaking of cleaning – sometimes all a home needs is a good scrubbing. Professional stagers will always make sure surfaces are sparkling, so you should do the same.
4. Depersonalize the space
Lastly, the advantage of using a professional stager is that they remove all your personal touches from a room, which is great for buyers who want to envision themselves in the home. To follow this strategy, remove items like family photos or style-specific decor. Focus on making the room look good without it seeming like you still live there.