Big Rapids Staging via 30-Minute DIY Home Improvements

Big Rapids Staging via 30-Minute DIY Home Improvements

You’re eager to get your home sold quickly with a minimum of fuss. You’ve been over the comparables with your Realtor®; and the listing looks and reads great. ­ It’s getting close to showing time — and although you know that your Big Rapids ­property is a great buy that any new owner would be proud to call home, you also know that this spring there is a lot of competition out there.

Producing a quick turnaround is about the marketing — which your agent is handling adroitly — but it’s also about presentation. ­ That’s “staging” — an area you can definitely do something about!

Dining Room Staging in Big Rapids StagingAccording to the Room Solutions website, properly staging a home has been shown to reduce time on market by a factor of 5. ­Those comparison stats are notoriously hard to prove, but when a home has been stuck in the listings for months, undergoes professional staging, then sells in a fraction of the time, it is pretty convincing. ­ But whether or not you decide to engage a full-on professional Big Rapids ­staging service, there are plenty of small scale DIY home improvements that take 30 minutes or less — but which make a big staging difference.

·­ Reinvigorate the bathroom and other tiled areas by doing some grout cleaning.­ ­That grout between tiles may have been pristine when you first moved in, but years of use will take a toll. ­ Use plain water and a stiff brush (they’re easy to find at any home center) to get rid of build-up and residue. ­Stubborn areas may need a spray bottle with a 50% solution of white vinegar: spray, leave it on for 5 minutes or so, then brush off and rinse. ­ It really makes a difference when you bring the grout back to its original uniform tone.

·­ Many a Big Rapids ­kitchen is burdened by an outmoded, timeworn backsplash. Kitchen backsplash in Big Rapids Staging­ Replacing it may sound like a major project, but it is often possible to make quick work of it using one of the new peel-and-stick backsplash products. ­ Instead of tearing up your kitchen and taking days to assemble a replacement, look into peel-and-stick tiling. ­ These products come in many colors and styles — with installation processes that can have the entire project done in very short order.

·­ Touchup. ­ Repainting whole rooms is not something that can be accomplished in minutes, but some rooms don’t need all that. ­ Taking care of small but unsightly wall dings and scuffs will bolster first impressions — and often, just a few minor touchups can do the trick. ­ If you don’t have the original paint style notes, some stores have computerized color-matching systems that recreate sample hues. ­Wood trim scuffs and stains can often be banished with colored felt pens or crayon color packs; more obscure tones may require a color matching kit. ­ In any case, the time requirement is minor compared with the resulting subliminal improvement.

·­ Stain kitchen cabinets.­ ­If yours is one of Big Rapids’­older home with original kitchen cabinets that remain dull no matter what you do, you can still avoid the time and expense of completely replacing them. ­Instead, renew the existing stain job or switch to a new tone that complements the kitchen.

Staging a Big Rapids ­home is an important adjunct to the overall marketing effort your Realtor provides. ­If you are looking for some energetic help in that department, I’m here to answer your phone call!

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