Five Ways to Stage a Home Without Spending a Lot of Money

Posted by Dan Wolf on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 11:11am.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, making a good impression on potential buyers is imperative. Staging your home in an appealing manner is the best marketing technique available. However, it's understandable that you don't want to invest a lot of money on decor and upgrades if you are leaving a home. How can you strike a balance, staging a home without breaking your wallet? Consider five tips.

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1. De-clutter. It's perfectly normal for most of us to have clutter laying around. We leave our toiletries on the bathroom counter. We have our coffee pot, toaster, dish soap, bread basket, etc. all out on the kitchen counter. However, when trying to sell a home you want it to look as tidy and neat as possible. Clutter detracts from the assets of your home. Pack all the extra items away. Purchase stackable boxes and neatly store your items in the corner of your garage. If you have a lot of clutter, consider getting a storage unit while you are in the process of selling your house.
2. Invest in paint. A fresh coat of paint makes a home feel new, and it hides scuffs and wall dirt. Don't forget trim and doors too. Go neutral, though. If your little girl picked bright pink for her room, now is the time to paint it beige or white. Paint will run you anywhere from $12 to $50 per gallon. It's a minimal investment, though, if it helps sell your home.

3. Rearrange rooms. Each room in your home should have a distinct purpose. If you use a smaller bedroom as a walk-in closet, turn it back into a bedroom. Remember, you are showcasing your home's potential. Help your buyers imagine themselves living there. Don't forget closets too. They should be neat and organized in a way that maximizes space. 

  1. 4.  Clean and deodorize. Buyers are immediately turned off by a dirty or smelly home. You may not notice that your house smells musky or like your favorite food. Someone who has never been there before will smell it right away, though. Clean your home from top to bottom, including ceiling fans, windows, door tracks, baseboards, garages and basements. It is often worth it to hire a professional, which can run around $150 for an average 2,500 square-foot home. As for smell, ensure your house smells good by baking cookies just before a showing.
  3. 5.  Don't forget the outside. The outside of your home is really the first impression. You don't have to perform a major landscape overhaul. Just weeding, adding new mulch and a few potted flowers will improve your curb appeal. Additionally, give the outside a good cleaning. Consider pressure washing the outside of the house, as well as the driveway, porches and sidewalks. Remove any debris, kids' toys or other clutter for a neat appearance. Lastly, be sure to mow, trim and edge before a showing.

Contact us for professional advice about selling your home. 

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