When you’re selling your home, you want to put plenty of time and thought into how you’re going to stage your home.
But sometimes, it’s simply not in the budget, or there’s not enough time to do a true and formal job of staging your home. Besides, even if your home is formally staged, just living in your house creates a need to give your home a quick staging right before buyers are coming to see your place.
A 2019 article from realtor.com outlined the quick home staging hacks you can use to make your home more attractive to buyers—whether you’ve got five minutes, 15 minutes, a half-hour, or an hour before potential buyers tour your property.
Some of the best quick-fix staging secrets to tackle before potential buyers arrive include:
- If you have five minutes, open the blinds to let in more natural light. If you have any trash or recycling, take it outside; an overflowing trash can can be a definite turn-off for buyers. And, make sure all of your toilet seats are down.
- If you have 15 minutes, declutter as much as you can. Too much clutter can be visually overwhelming—so clear your countertops, hide any piles of clothes, toys, or mail, and make your space look as open and streamlined as possible.
- If you have 30 minutes, get as much cleaning done as you can. Wipe down countertops, sweep and mop the floors, and vacuum rugs. Not only will cleaning your home make it look neater and more attractive to buyers, but the smell of products can give the illusion that your home is cleaner than it actually is.
- If you have an hour, now you might want to move some furniture around for optimal appearance and flow. Or, perhaps do a small repair, like replacing a broken switch plate that might catch a buyer’s eye.
No matter how much time or money you have, these quick tips can truly separate your house from another house you are competing with. People get busy, and you’d be surprised at how many sellers neglect to take a few minutes to simply tidy up and stage their home. So, take whatever minutes you have to work with, and apply the tips above.