How To Stage An Older Home To Sell

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 10:31am.

An old home lacking in any modern upgrades can sometimes be a tough sell. When the homeowners do not want to put a lot of money into updates and renovations but still expect the house to sell fast staging becomes critically important. Staging an older home can make a big difference in the amount of interest that the home gets. Here are some staging tips that will make selling an older home easier:

Choose Paint Colors Carefully

MLS EdmontonAn older home should always get a coat of paint in all the rooms when getting ready to sell. It needs the sense of brightness and newness that a new cost of paint brings. It’s one of the cheapest way to update a house. And having fresh painted walls will make the home feel vibrant instead of stale or old. But the paint colors should be chosen very carefully. You can use color to highlight an accent wall or enhance the home’s architecture. But neutral paint will make the small rooms look and feel bigger. So stick with a neutral color palette and add a splash of color. Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. A silver-gray paint in the bedrooms or laundry room will give the house a modern feeling.

Get Rid Of Clutter

Older houses tend to have small rooms. Small rooms look cluttered very quickly when people live in them for a long time. Get rid of all the furniture in the rooms except for one or two special pieces. Clear out shelves so that they are not cluttered with belongings. Move tables and other furniture to the edges of the room or get rid of them altogether. Put the furniture in storage or in the garage. Keep the rooms as clutter free as possible so they look large and inviting.

Add Character Elements

Instead of trying to disguise the flaws of an older home and make it look more modern, you should really play up the architecture and history of the home. Add some wainscoting. Update the crown molding. Install some tin ceiling panels or other period elements. Change the light fixtures so that they are more in keeping with the classical feel of the home. If you embrace the home’s history and style and make the most of it then you will attract buyers who appreciate older character homes.

Fix Up the Landscaping

If the landscaping is old and overgrown the house will look old and unattractive too. In order to show off the best features of a character home give the yard and grounds a face lift. Clear out bushes and shrubs. Weed and re-sod the grass if necessary. Install planters full of bright colorful flowers or plant some ornamental bushes and ground cover. Make sure that any paths are well defined. Giving the outside a good cleaning and a sprucing up will make the house a lot more attractive.

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