Staging a house for sale can be thought of as a simple Return on Investment (ROI). Many experts in the field claim that the return is tenfold in this process, that is for every dollar that you spend on preparation, you can figure on getting ten dollars in return. You can hire this done as professionals can accomplish this process in as little as 5 hours with a quick staging, or you can do it your self in about a week's time (this is a thorough and organized job). If you hope to do this yourself and save some cash as well, here are some tips that you can use:
1). Think of your house as somebody else's. In this way, you will not attach to much meaning to anything currently in the home.
2). Get rid of all of those personal belongings. They only have meaning to you and do not add equity.
3). Lose the clutter! That mess only detracts the buyer from the main objective.
4). Make minor repairs such as replacing burned out light bulbs or fixing a leaky faucet.
5). Clean the whole house. Washing windows, removing cobwebs and polishing the chrome.
These are just a few things that you can do to get your house ready for a new owner. They key thing here is to think of your time as an investment in the future. Who would not want an almost 1000% increase on their investment? If you can clean and organize, you can perform a house staging.
As further incentive, put yourself in the buyers shoes for a minute and ask yourself: Why would I want to buy this home? Look for areas that need improvement and ask what is wrong. Enlist others to point out critical areas (if you can take the criticism) and fix these prior to the showing. Remember you fell in love with this house for certain reasons, but the new buyer might have an entirely different set of criteria for purchasing. Do not get talked up in what motivated you into buying. Think instead of what may help to sell the house. After all, this is the ultimate goal.
Now go sell that house.