You don’t have to hire a professional home stager to get the look that buyers love from open houses. Based on a realtor.com article, home staging experts and agents were asked for their secret staging hacks. Here are nine amazingly clever open house hacks that will have a great impact for minimal effort or money.
#1) Strip the Windows
Pack away your curtains and realize that “light and bright” sells. Pull the blinds ALL the way up. Don’t leave them down but in the open position, because that still reduced light by 50% over the course of the day. Plus, make sure all your windows are 100% clean. Now only will they let in more light, they just look nicer period.
#2) White-out the Bathroom
Take a page from what hotels do. White items in bathrooms reinforce the idea that they’re clean. Plus white in the bathroom makes things look new and fresh.
Purchase fresh white towels and add a white shower curtain as well. Don’t stop there, go ahead and buy a white soap dish and even a new white bathmat. Although, if your bathroom’s floor is the selling point, skip the mat.
#3) Update Kitchen Features
The solution to sprucing up the kitchen is simpler and cheaper than replacing countertops or even adding a fresh coat of paint. Replace old light fixtures with nice modern ones. If your kitchen drawer pulls and the cabinet knobs look dated, swap them out for the style that’s most wanted in your area.
#4) Flip Every Switch
Light and bright. Never forget that when it comes to open houses. Turn on every lamp and overhead light. This gives the perspective of making rooms look and feel bigger and brighter. Keep in mind that you are not trying to create the “atmosphere” of a dinner party, you are showcasing a product for sale. So this means to place floor lamps in dark corners as well.
#5) Replace Wall Art with Mirrors
Swap out personal pieces of fine art or family photos for a large mirror on one to two key walls. People’s taste in art varies a lot, so you should put away the prominent paintings or photographs unless you are confident that they have a broad appeal.
Mirrors have the ability to maximize light to make the rooms look bigger and brighter. If you have a nice, green backyard, place a mirror on the wall across from the window that looks out on the yard, so the greenery reflects from multiple angles in the room.
#6) Roll Up Rugs
Hardwood floors are hot and will continue to be that way for a while. They are major selling points for most buyers. Always remove area rugs from the kitchen because the room feels cleaner and more spacious without them.
#7) Swap out Lampshades
Replace any old lampshades for new white drum shades. This makes the room look more clean, lighter, and modern. White drum shades are cheap and readily available at Ikea and Target.
#8) Set the Table
Set the table with simple modern place settings from Bed Bath & Beyond or from CB2. Go with modern white plates, stemless wine glasses atop neutral-hued place mats or tablecloth, and sleek stainless cutlery. Don’t be too elaborate in order to avoid the overly staged look.
#9) Add a Metallic Accent
Metallics add visual appeal but are less controversial than color. Think of them as glamorous neutrals. We are talking about accessories here, like a silver leather throw pillow, a bronze side table or garden stool, or a copper tray.