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Queens Home Staging on a Budget

Queens Home Staging on a Budget, by the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. Need help? Feel free to Contact Us anytime.

If you watch real estate shows or have been a home buyer before, then you know that home staging sells. It doesn’t make or break a sale, but it can definitely equate to more and(or) better offers. The truth is that preparation is key, and when it comes to staging, it ALWAYS helps a property sell quicker and for more money.

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The question is how far do you go and what is the most cost effective way to go about the home staging process in Queens NY? We always tell our clients, Queens is not Manhattan so bringing in Furniture is pretty much out of the question unless we’re selling a vacant luxury home.

For the most part, our clientele consists of people who are living in the house and therefore already have their furniture in place. What we like to do is suggest low cost, manageable staging tips which can help the house look better in the photos and show better during viewings. These little tips can make a huge difference, and if you take the time to do a little preparation, you can gaurantee that the return on your investment will be there.

With all that said, below is a list of common staging tips that we recommend to our seller clients. Most of these are free or low cost, the main investment will be your time. If you have any questions or would like some expert advice, feel free to Contact Us anytime.

1. De-personalize

Queens Home Staging on a Budget - Depersonalize

Buyers need to picture themselves in the House – not you. That wedding photo may mean the world to you, but to the buyer it’s a distraction that prevents them from seeing a home for themselves and(or) their family.

2. Maximize

Queens Home Staging on a Budget - Maximize

Declutter and maximize the space in your home. Closets packed tight with all your clothes make a place looks like it lacks closet space. Consider temporarily storing the overflow offsite or have a cleanout down prior to listing.

Closets – Clear closets of unnecessary clutter, and organize to maximize the amount of open storage space you are showing off to potential buyers. Use boxes stacked together to hold and hide the clutter.

Bedrooms – A quick and inexpensive way to improve the appeal of your bedroom is to use gender neutral colors in order to have the widest possible appeal. Whether you are painting, or re-accessorizing, keep the colors neutral. Color coordinate where possible, walls, bedspread, curtains, etc. should have a clear theme to their colors.

Adding a few decorative items creates a focal point to the room, especially at eye level on top of dressers.

Bedrooms should appear to be a place of relaxation and comfort, with a clear purpose. Remove anything (office furniture, power strips, etc) that might take away from the central purpose of the bedroom.

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3. Sanitize

Queens Home Staging on a Budget - Sanitize

This is by far the easiest and cheapest way to stage your home, just clean it. We use a cleaning company for all of our listings and ever since we started using them, our properties show 10x better. It is well worth the elbow grease or the few hundred dollars to have the floors, walls, baseboards, fans, windows, etc. cleaned.

Bathrooms – Bathrooms and kitchens are essential spaces in the home and, therefore, are often the places where potential buyers are either won or lost. Suffice to say, if you do any repairs or minor improvements to these two areas, the return on your investment will definitely be there. Things like regrouting bathroom tiles, changing paint to neutral colors, upgrading a vanity, or repurposing old cabinets can make a world of difference.

DIY Tips – If walls are grimy, spray them using a common spray bottle filled with a mixture of one part bleach and one part water, follow it up with a fresh coat of paint if possible. Clear countertops of everything but the essentials (soap, dish, hand towel, etc.) to make the space look more open and larger. Don’t replace grimy shower doors, just scour them with a solution of one part muriatic acid (available at hardware store) and 10 parts water to make them look like new and save some money.

4. Modernize

Queens Home Staging on a Budget - Modernize

Unless you’re home has exceptional period built-ins, all homes could benefit from some updating. If someone feels that the home is dated, they will reflect that feeling in a lower offer. Consider simple changes like swapping out gold fixtures for nickel or chrome. Sometimes a home is completely dated so modernizing it is not realistic, in these cases the other steps become much more vital.

Modernize dated cabinets, they can be touched up and repurposed for a very reasonable cost and if the cabinets are in good shape, it can give new life to the them and make them look much more modern. Replacing brass or wooden hardware with brushed silver or stainless steel is an effective way of updating dated cabinets as well.

Clean your refrigerator, sink, inside of your oven and declutter the kitchen.

5. Neutralize

Queens Home Staging on a Budget - Neutralize

Color can make or break a buyer’s interest in your home. You may love that shocking red wall, but all the potential buyers sees is a great deal of painting in their future. In our experience, painting is by far one of the most inexpensive ways to quickly change the look and feel of your home.

Dining room – Set the table, this creates points of visual interest in a room that can easily be boring after depersonalizing and decluttering. Be careful of overstaging, you don’t need to set out every piece of china.

TIP: Create a focal point by adding a vase with fresh flowers to the center of the table and remove any extra leaves from the table to maximize available space.

TIP: Window treatments can be used ti make a room feel bigger. On low ceiling rooms, hang drapes all the way up to the ceiling on either side of a window frame which will make windows seem larger and visually make ceilings appear taller. Use neutral color curtains and thin rods to hold them.

Living Room – Lightness is a major source of living room appeal for buyers. Make sure the shades are open before buyers come through and, where possible, stage the room with light colored furniture to enhance the effect and make the space look larger.

In especially large and/or empty living rooms, a strategically placed plant can create a focul point that draws the eye.

If your living room has hardwood floors, just clean them well. No need to take up damaged boards or refinaih the floors. The main draw in Queens are wood floors so as long as they are there, a buyer can have them refinished and/or stained.

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