Four Home Staging Tips for Your Next Fixer Upper

Alright, you’ve done all the hard work and completed your latest fix and flip project. You’ve checked all the boxes on your rehab list, and it’s time to list the property for sale. But, before you do, follow these four home staging tips and tricks to sell the flip quickly so you can get started on the next.

1. Clean, Clean, Clean 
Construction zones are messy so first thing first, scrub any and all surfaces in the house. This includes cleaning all the windows (inside and out), light fixtures, ceiling fans, countertops, and appliances. Potential buyers look at and touch everything, so make sure the entire house is spotless.

2. Curb Appeal 
First impressions count, and buyers will take notice that when a house looks cared for on the outside, the inside must be maintained as well. This doesn’t mean you have to go all out with extravagant gardens and lawn fixtures, just keep it simple. Mow the lawn (or add fresh sod), powerwash the walkways and siding, and plant simple greenery and blooming flowers. Also, just by adding a welcome mat to the entrance way can help set the tone for what’s to come inside.

3. Maximize the Floor Plan
Playing up the floor plan and square footage in the house can be done with strategic furniture placement. Arrange the furniture around a focal point in the room, like a fireplace in the living room, or where the bed will be in the master bedroom. If the house has an open floor plan, highlight where the separate room set-ups would go. If there is no open floor plan, highlight the flow from one room to another with the furniture arranged to create an easy, clear path.

4. Set the Scene
Buyers don’t want to have to imagine how accommodating the home will be for entertaining family and friends, so it’s helpful to set the scene in the house. Set the dining room table with cloth napkins, dishes, and a nice centerpiece. If there is a bar area add some wine glasses and decorative bottles. In the kitchen place matching mugs and bowls, and cookbooks on the counters. You can also play up the bathroom areas by laying out matching hand towels, decorative soaps, candles, and faux flowers.

Other helpful tips;
• Choose a neutral color palette with small pops of color for each room.
• Arranging mirrors in strategic places can help brighten up dark rooms and hallways.
• Check out open houses in your area to see the competition to keep the neighborhood’s personality and buyers in mind.

As a direct private lender, RCN Capital is here to help you fund your next fix and flip or fix and lease project. Our experienced loan officers and in-house underwriting help the process run smoothly and quickly, and we look forward to working with you. Also, be sure to ask about our new 30-Year Rental Loan Program! 

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