Moving Out

Selling your home can feel like an endless, expensive and labor intensive process (because it is). So, if you are feeling tired or at your wits end that is completely okay and you are almost there. The only problem is that the last step before you have your open house tends to be fairly costly, which causes some to avoid it entirely. That last step is staging. And without it you may find that your home will take much longer to sell and may sell for less than you anticipated. Listed below are a few ways in which you can reduce the cost of staging your home and increase the surface value of your home.

1. Paint

Though it can be a bit time consuming it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to stage your home for potential buyers. You can paint everything from walls, to doors and trim but we would recommend that you paint in a fairly generic color (something that will appeal to everyone and give your home a blank slate). Here are a few color schemes you could use as you stage your home.

  • White
  • Neutrals
  • Beige

Keep it plain, keep it simple and you should help your home sell fairly quickly.

2. Maximize Natural Light

A room without a lot of light can feel dirty and small (not exactly the way you want to appeal to potential buyers). We understand that some rooms may have small windows, or no windows, which can make the whole natural light thing a little difficult. But there are a few tricks you can use to maximize the amount of natural light you are getting in the room.

  • Use Mirrors – Mirrors will give the illusion that your room is larger and will also reflect any of the natural light coming in through the windows which could significantly brighten up the space.
  • Make Sure the Windows are Clean (Frame and All) – Dirty windows will not only gross people out but they will also block a significant amount of light coming into the room. It is a quick and easy fix but one that many look over as they look for more grandiose projects.
  • Bright Window Treatments – This step is a little bit more expensive than window cleaning but it is still pretty cheap. Choosing lighter colored treatments will block less light and look a little bit more elegant than darker treatments. It will also give potential buyers a better idea of what is behind them.

These are the two most inexpensive ways that you can maximize the value of your home. As long as the rest of the house is tidy and organized you should not have to do much more to get your house sold quickly (and you most definitely do not need to spend thousands of dollars to stage your home). If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 212-777-7113. We look forward to hearing from you!

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