4 Budget staging tips for your Portsmouth, NH home for sale

So you’re thinking of selling your home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and you heard that “staging” it is a good thing. But after Goggling staging to find out more you also found that stagers actually charge you for their expertise and services……..anywhere from $500 up to $5,000 and more depending on how much staging you need.

While it’s true that research and statistics show that professionally staged homes actually do sell faster for for more money than a non staged home, you don’t have to spend all of your equity to get your house staged.

Here’s a couple of comparisons from one of my projects; cost to seller: $0.

dining room before & after staging by portsmouth nh realtor jim lee

Dining room before & after

In the above photo the dining room was way too small for all the furniture that was in it. I removed the china cabinet to the garage along with the rug that was hiding the beautiful hardwood flooring underneath. The result was a clean, more spacious look for the dining room.

In the photo below this family room had too much ‘stuff’ and furniture in it. Additionally the seller had all the blinds closed in the daytime hiding the panoramic lake view.

dining room before & after staging by portsmouth nh realtor jim lee

family room before & after

Simply packing up the excess items displayed on the beautiful built in bookcases and removing some not needed items of furniture opened this beautiful family room up so that buyers could see the room and imagine themselves living there. Cost to seller: $0

Here’s the best (and cheapest) 4 things you can do BEFORE buyers see your Portsmouth home:

  1. Pack away all the personal items including family photos, collections of anything, trophies, excess artwork, and that sort of thing. The reason we do that is that we don’t want buyers to be distracted looking at photos of your trip to Aruba or cute grandkids; they need to be doing what they’re there for and that is to look at your house and want to buy it.
  2. Rearrange your rooms and eliminate excess furniture so buyers can move through easily. ‘Lean out’ all the closets to avoid creating an impression of not enough storage. Basically pack up and put away out of the house all your out of season clothes and everything else you don’t use often or won’t be needing for the next few weeks.
  3. Start cleaning your house at the front door and don’t stop until you get to the back door. Clean everything in sight and things you don’t look at often like ceiling fan blades, the top of your refrigerator and other tall appliances. Everything has to be bright, shiny, and squeaky clean for your buyers.
  4. Walk out to the street in front of your house and take a look through potential buyer’s eyes. Here’s where your first chance to impress a buyer begins, curb appeal is one of the most underrated staging items. If a buyer pulls up in front of your house and sees a neatly trimmed lawn, fresh mulch, a clean front entry way with no overgrown bushes to drag on their clothing, no cobwebs above the front door and on the porch light, and a clean, freshly painted if need be, front door with bright shiny doorknobs and hardware, that will set a good tone for their visit. But if they see overgrown bushes, cobwebs that look as if you’ve decorated for Halloween but it’s April, and their agent has to work to get the key to open the front door, you can bet they’re going to be disappointed to some degree before they ever get inside and that is not a good first impression to make.

So just doing those 4 simple and very inexpensive things can put you and your house a lot further down the road to getting sold more quickly and for a better price than not spending the time to put it in showroom condition beforehand.

Thinking of selling your Portsmouth area home? I would be happy to drop by and give you some no obligation suggestions to make your home show better to potential buyers and probably sell more quickly and for more money. No cost, no obligation, just give me a call or email.

My partner Ann Cummings and I would be happy to send you a free copy of our 52 page ebook titled “450 Ideas To Help Your Home Sell FASTER!”, just send an email to ideas@JimLee.com and we will get your copy to you right away.

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