Home Staging and Preparing for Sale- Low cost ways to spruce up your home & Sell for more!

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Top-10 profitable low-cost or no-cost things you can do OUTSIDE your home:

  1. Front door: paint or varnish if needed. Your front door is one of the first impressions a homebuyer has of your home. It should scream, “Welcome!  I’m well-maintained!”
  2. Get a “Welcome Friends” doormat and replace (or clean and polish) your mailbox / mailslot, doorbell, light fixture, and address numbers.
  3. Arrange your patio furniture and BBQ area so buyers can envision entertaining friends there. Consider adding a fountain, especially if you have road noise.

    Patio Staging

    Patio Staging

  4. Paint outside if needed. You might be able to get away with just painting the trim and garage door
  5. Lawn tip: green it up w/ ammonia sulfate, mow & edge if needed
  6. Trim any overbearing bushes/trees and add mulch or wood chips
  7. Liven up the front w/ PLENTY of flowers, planted or in pots — this is probably the most important tip on the list!
  8. Clean your driveway oil stains — hardware stores sell products that make it easier
  9. Move any old vehicles, trailers, or boats
  10. Get your neighbors to clean up their act. I know this can be tough, but we’ve seen many San Diego homesellers lose $1,000s because a neighbor’s home looked terrible.
Staging an organized entry

Staging an organized entry

Top-10 most profitable low- or no-cost things you can do INSIDE your home:

  1. Clean until it sparkles. A home can never be too clean!
  2. “If in doubt, move it out”! Get rid of clutter & extra furniture, out of season clothes and items you won’t need for a few months so your closets and cupboards will appear more spacious and organized.
  3. Follow your nose & eliminate pet and smoke odors. A light, tasteful fragrance is nice but don’t over do the air fresheners or buyers will wonder what you’re hiding!
  4. Clean or replace your carpet as needed (a “carpet credit” doesn’t work well because it appeals to logic, but buying a home is all emotion)
  5. If needed, paint the walls & ceiling a neutral color
  6. De-personalize: tone down kid rooms & remove excess family photos, trophies, memorabilia
  7. Invest in high wattage or flattering ‘Natura’ light bulbs
  8. Stage your dining table a la Pottery Barn
  9. Buy new thick towels for the bathrooms. Think day spa or fancy hotel
  10. Add a splash of color with a bowl of fruit or an orchid on the kitchen counter. Costco always has beautiful orchids for around $15 and they’ll last a few months.
Staging your kitchen with color

Staging your kitchen with color

 

Thinking of selling your Bay Park, San Diego home or other property? Call me at 619.885.3941 and invite me by to give you tips specific to your home.