Tips For Staging Your Home on a Budget

When selling your home it is important to stand out from the rest of the competition that is on the market. Highlighting your home’s strengths by staging your home will increase the chances of a quick sale for a higher price. According to the National Association of Realtors, a staged home sells for 17% more on average than a home that is not staged. Staged homes also sell faster, in fact, 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less.

Your sale price can increase $2 for every $1 you spend on staging your home. If you are on a budget, consider these five tips when staging each room in your home.

First and foremost, always remember to “De-Personalize” each room. A buyer wants to be able to come in and imagine the space as their own. It is hard for a buyer to picture the house for themselves when your family portrait is above the mantel. Personal items in a home can deter a buyer from picturing the house as their own. Make sure your blinds or shades are open allowing natural light to brighten up the room making the space look larger. Potential buyers love a light and airy room.

Secondly, maximize the living space in your home. Large furniture and nicknacks make a room look much smaller as well as a closet packed with tons of clothes. Decluttering each room can accentuate ascetic appeal and size. Only leave a few decorative items which will create a focal point in the room. For example, set your dining room table and add a simple vase with fresh flowers to the center. Closet space is important to any buyer when purchasing a home. Make sure all closets are organized and clear of any clutter. A good way to make a closet visually pleasing is to use matching hangers. You want to show off the space allowing buyers to see all the potential storage areas.

Cleanliness is next to godliness. This is the cheapest tip when staging your home. Just like when you are having a dinner party, you want your house to look its best. You would never leave dirty dishes in the sink or have a dirty bathroom for guests to use. A good tip for grimy walls and doors is to spray them with a mixture of one part bleach and one part water. Once dried, follow up with a fresh coat of paint. Two of the most important rooms in the home are the kitchen and the bathrooms. Make sure all the countertops in both areas are clean and clear of clutter. This will make the room appear more open and larger. Also, declutter cabinets and drawers because buyers will inspect those spaces. For the kitchen clean your refrigerator, sink, and inside of the oven. For the bathrooms put white towels on display giving the bathroom a spa-like feel. Shower doors should look clear and clean. A cheap trick to clean grimy shower doors is to use one part muriatic acid to 10 parts water.

Old and dated is never appealing. Next, you will want to modernize your home. A little facelift and updating can go a long way. If you have old kitchen appliances you can give them a cheap facelift. For around $20 you can purchase stainless steel stick-on coverings for flat appliances such as the oven and dishwasher. If you have retro gold fixtures consider swapping them for a nice clean nickel or chrome fixture. Stage rooms with light-colored furniture that will not overwhelm the room. If there is a large empty space add a house plant to create a focal point that draws the eye.

The final tip is to neutralize. Designer colors can also be a hindrance. While you may like a lavender bedroom, a potential buyer might hate the look. When selling your home it is best to have neutral paint colors. A paint color can literally make or break a buyer’s decision to purchase your home. Keep your color palette neutral throughout. Neutral simple curtains hung by a simple rod all the way up to the ceiling beside each window frame can make a room appear taller. Colorful rugs in the kitchen can actually make the space feel cramped. The floor space will appear larger if you remove the kitchen rugs.

Remember the most important thing you can do for your home is stage it so buyers can see its full potential. Just look to the experts, close to one-third of buyers’ realtors suggested that staging a home can increase an offer price. Make sure your home looks move-in ready, little touches can make a big difference.

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