Home Staging: Making Your Rent To Own Home More Appealing To Buyers

Rent To Own Home StagingOnce you’ve decided that you’re going to offer your old home as a rent to own deal, the most important thing is to get new buyer-tenants in as quickly as possible. To do this, your home needs to be as visually appealing as possible. If you aren’t planning on moving completely out of your home before showing it to prospective buyers, staging your home is an essential part of making sure it looks its best. This post will give you some quick – and budget-friendly – ideas on how you can make your home look bigger, brighter, and more appealing in no time at all.

Make Small Rooms Appear Larger

Unless you live in a mansion, chances are good that you’ve a room or two in your home that aren’t as big as you’d like them to be. To make small rooms look larger, remove all but a few essential pieces of furniture from the room. A good example of this might be a small office. Instead of having the traditional desk, chair, and filing system that you’d normally use making the room look smaller, try a simple writing desk and spindle chair. This will give the buyer a sense of purpose for the room, without the additional clutter.

Painting the walls a lighter color, typically white, will also help to make a small space appear bigger than it really is. And, if you generally have artwork on the walls, remove all but a single piece, just to give the room character. All rooms in your home should also be well-lit if you want them to look their best. Don’t rely on the windows to provide enough light – always be sure to add a lamp or two to the space.

Choose A General Decor Style

While you may prefer a shabby-chic décor, it may appear cluttered if your prospective buyers  appreciate a more modern aesthetic. On the other hand, a modern style may appear cold to buyers who have a taste for farmhouse décor. Whichever style of décor you prefer, it is important to keep your home looking as generic as possible during the selling process, so that prospective buyers can picture their own décor throughout the house.

Unless you are a professional decorator, you should consider storing all but a few key pieces of artwork and knick-knacks while you’re showing your home. Things like children’s artwork, family photos, and the like, should all be removed from your walls. This allows buyers to envision their own family photos and artwork on the walls instead. Opt for neutral colors, both on walls and accessories, as a neutral palette will also allow buyers to envision their own sense of style without seeming cold and austere.

Opt For Small Repairs Over Huge Remodels

You don’t need to completely remodel your home in order to make it look its best, but those pesky little repairs that you’ve always meant to get around to may seem like glaring problems in the eyes of potential buyer. Patch any cracks or holes in your walls, and give them a fresh coat of paint to make them look new again. Spruce up dated cabinetry with a coat of paint or stain and some new hardware. Old tile grout should be bleached or replaced, and your floors and carpets professionally cleaned.

Don’t Forget The Exterior

Exterior Home StagingOnce the inside of your home is ready for buyers, be sure the outside is as well. Keep your lawns well-manicured and free of weeds and debris. If you have a porch, try adding a bench and a planter or two to make it look as inviting as possible. Repair any cracks in your walkways, and replace any damaged siding. Play areas should be kept clean and painted if needed, and a fresh coat of waterproofing stain will help make a weathered deck look new again.

As you can see, you don’t have to completely remodel your home to make it appealing to buyers, and most staging can be done with items you already own. The most important thing to remember is that staging your home will help buyers fall as much in love with it as you were when you first bought it.

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