After no offers were received in the first thirty days, we knew something had to change. Let’s upgrade the flooring and paint:
The key benefit of staging is to make the online photos look more enticing:
These days it seems like everybody wants a tiny house. But what if your home isn’t adorably tiny? What if it’s just sadly small?
Don’t worry—it’s not your square footage that matters most; it’s how you present it. Even if you’re tight on space, you can fool buyers into thinking things are bigger than they appear—you just have to have some smart tricks up your sleeve. Keep reading for our experts’ savviest and sneakiest tips for seeing big returns on the petite place you currently call home.
1. Throw a reverse housewarming party
The less clutter, the bigger your home will look and feel to potential buyers. To get rid of your unwanted items, throw a party before your first open house, suggests Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving.
“Instead of having your friends bring a gift, have them pick one of your items and take it home with them.”
2. Go down to the bare minimum
Still feel like your home is full of stuff?
“Box up everything you don’t need on a daily basis and anything that’s smaller than a football,” suggests home staging expert Lori Matzke.
Sift through your glass cupboards and built-ins, and clean off your countertops.
“Leaving just the bare minimum will create the feeling of more space,” she says.
That goes for your beloved tchotchkes, too.
“A smaller space tends to favor a more minimalist design, so having all of your collectible figurines on display on the shelves, side and console tables will bring the room in rather than opening it up,” says Bee Heinemann, marketing director and interior decorating expert at Vänt Wall Panels.
3. Take your doors off their hinges
Remove all your interior doors, besides those that lead to bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets, suggests G. Brian Davis, director of education for SparkRental. “The farther the eye can see, the better.”
A before-and-after tour to show the effects of staging – with a solid result! Staging makes for more effective photos, provides ideas on what can be done, and helps to instill maximum urgency.
More introduction to our favorite home-staging company, Transformed to Sell. In this video you will hear third-party testimonials of how home staging benefited the sellers – and buyers too!
Great tips on improving your house to sell:
1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:
- Power wash siding and walkways
- Hang easy-to-read house numbers
- Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
- Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
- Wash front windows
- Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed
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The trends change fast enough that older homes that have been remodeled previously can still benefit from an update:
Granite-slab yards we considered – all around Miramar Rd. All are good:
We were looking for max efficiency, and after I previewed all five, we hit four yards in two trips – which for the homeowners turned into a brief 2.5-hour investment on how to spend smart money to sell your house for top dollar.
Keep going until you find something you like!
This might work at the entry level, but higher-priced homes deserve the full treatment:
Pop-up staging, a new, inexpensive method that can eliminate the cost of not only hiring a stager, but also renting, transporting and storing décor and furniture. Flat-pack pieces made of lightweight materials like cardboard and corrugated plastic “pop up” in each room, effectively setting the scene as real housewares (and stage productions!) would.
One pop-up sets provider, Dandy Pack, purveys slip-covered cardboard furniture sturdy enough to withstand 1,000-plus pounds without collapsing. The company’s starter kit, which includes a full/queen bed, a sofa, an oversized chair and an ottoman, costs $1,031. The pieces, which ship in as few as two business days, can be assembled by the listing agent or the seller, further controlling costs.
We’ve talked about the importance of staging, but there are other simple things you can do to improve your look.
Rooms with low ceilings can feel smaller and darker than they actually are. Here are some great ideas to offset that feeling!
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