Monday, March 30, 2015
5 Simple Things You Can Do to Stage Your Home on a Budget

5 Simple Things You Can Do to Stage Your Home on a Budget

Staging your home can help it to sell faster and increase the selling price. Staging will highlight all your home's best features and make it look great.

Though staging your home can increase your profits, it can also cost thousands of dollars, and you may not have the budget for that before you sell your house. You can still stage your home on a smaller level without spending a fortune. Here are five simple things you can do to stage your home on a budget:

Clean Everything

Think about how your house looks when you haven't cleaned it in a few weeks. Cluttered, dirty, and in disrepair. Now think about how it looks after you clean it. You feel like you're in a whole new space.

When you clean your whole home, it can make it look newer, in better condition, and more inviting. You may not need new windows; you may just need to clean them. You may not need to refinish your floors; you may just need to remove the buildup of grime. Your tiles may look brand new once you get the black stains out of the grout.

With the right cleaners, you can make your whole house look fresh and new.

Repaint Every Room

A fresh coat of paint can make your home look brand new. New paint will brighten up each room and make it look more inviting.

It is also important to repaint in neutral colors. If your home is painted in bright or bold colors, prospective buyers may have a hard time imaging themselves in your home. Paint in colors like white, tan, or light gray.

Remove Clutter

Clutter makes your home look smaller than it is, and it hides your home's features. Remove all clutter from every room in your home, including boxes shoved under beds and in closets, excess clothing hanging in closets, bric-a-brac on shelves, sports equipment leaning against walls and more.

If you must, rent a storage unit while you are showing your house. Put all your extra belongings in storage instead of trying to cram them in the garage or attic. Buyers will look in those spaces also, and they need to be clear of clutter, too.

Create Furniture Groupings

You don't have to buy new furniture to stage your home. You just need to arrange the furniture you have in a more attractive way. Remove extra pieces that make the room look smaller. Arrange chairs and sofas in conversational groupings around a table or ottoman.

Invest in a few extra accessories like attractive pillows or rugs to complement the new furniture groupings.

Put Out Fresh Flowers

Add a special touch by putting out freshly cut flowers on the kitchen counter or living room coffee table. Choose bright and seasonal flowers, and make sure they are fresh for each showing. Put out a place of fresh cookies or other refreshments to really make an impression.

Staging your home doesn't have to be expensive. You just have to make the right choices. Making these simple -- and inexpensive -- changes can help you to sell your home very fast and to improve the selling price. Talk with your realtor about other ways to show your particular home in its best light. 

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