One of the hardest things to do when you are on a budget is to sell your house. Why? Well, you have to “stage” a house before you can sell it, and the best way to do that is to invest in it. When you don’t have the cash for those investments, it gets a little tricker. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by your home, though. You can stage your house and get it set up for success without too much cash spent. It may be a stressful process, but you can do it if you put your mind to it.
Below, we’ve put together some of the things that you can do when you are on a stretched budget to make your house look great before you sell it on.
Call A Cleaner
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to get your home looking great for a sale is to get it completely deep cleaned. You can call in a house cleaner and have them shampoo the carpets, refresh the baseboards and get into the nitty gritty of your home, and it won’t cost as much as you think it would. New home buyers who come into the house will see so many things that your eyes are used to skipping over, so a deep clean will give it that sparkle it needs. Before you call in Cami Jones & Company to list your property, get it cleaned. This’ll ensure that the photographs of each room come out exactly how you’d want them to!
Get Some Fresh Towels
You don’t have to spend too much for this, but you can head to the dollar stores to find these: white towels. White towels make people think of hotels and spas. You want people to come into your house and want to buy it, and white towels will make them think of all of the places that ooze luxury. Fresh white towels will be a cheap way to freshen the space, and you can have them rolled to look professional, too. The trick is to keep them hidden away until you have a viewing, and then set them out nicely!
While it’s lovely to have toys and family photographs out in the open, you may find that other people find it hard to envision themselves living there whilst your family is the one on display. Clearing that clutter and removing those photos offers a cleaner look in the home, and you can feel like the space you have will entice new people. Toys are something that can be hidden away in boxes and storage chests, and when you get the toys out of the way, you can show off how much floor space the house has.
Give The Rooms Appeal
Some homeowners look for double sinks in the bathroom, but if you don’t have double sinks, accentuate the things that you DO have and make them look great. For example, if you have one sink but a beautiful bathtub, make the bathtub look inviting with candles and those white towels we mentioned earlier. It’s easy enough to distract buyers away from what you don’t have and instead, impress them with what you do have.
A house that smells like cookies is a house that smells like a home. If you have viewings booked in for a particular day, bake a batch of cookies – yes, you can cheat and use a box bake! If you don’t have the time to bake, buy some cookie-scented candles to burn on viewing days.
Hide Things You Don’t Use
If you have moving boxes, hide the things that you don’t need in them and get them tucked away. Old books, DVDs on shelves that you never watch – anything that can make the house look cluttered needs to go. Declutter where you can and you’ll be on your way to selling the house quickly – and you wouldn’t have had to spend much.
The last thing to do before you invite in any buyers is to tidy up the exterior of the house. You want to ensure that there are no weeds, beautiful flowers and no peeling paint on the door. Freshening up the outside of the house will invite people in and this makes them feel like your house could be their new home. Even one or two of these tips will make a big difference to how fast you will sell the house.