Home Staging on a Budget

Staging is an essential, and cost-effective part of the home selling process. Staging your home to show off its qualities can only add to your final selling price. On average, people receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home.

When staging your home for sale, there are five golden rules to take into consideration as you work your way through each room of your house.
Five Golden Rules:

The buyer needs to picture themselves in the house - not you. That wedding photo may mean the world to you, but to the buyer, it's a distraction that prevents them from seeing a home for their family.

De-clutter and maximize the space in your home. Closets packed tight with all your clothes make a place look like it lacks closet space. Consider temporarily storing the overflow offsite.

This golden rule is the easiest and cheapest way to stage your home - clean it. A sink full of dirty dishes is as unappealing to you as it would be to the buyer. It is well worth the elbow grease in cleaning floors, walls, baseboards, ceiling fans and windows.

Unless your home has exceptional period built-ins, all homes could benefit from some updating. If someone feels the house is dated, they will reflect that feeling in a lower offer. Consider a few simple changes like swapping out outdated fixtures for nickel or chrome.

Color can make or break a buyer's interest in your home. You may love that shocking red wall, but all the potential buyer sees is a great deal of painting in their future because red clashes with their style. Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to change a look of a home.
Bonus Tips

Clear closets of unnecessary clutter and organize to maximize the amount of open storage space you are showing off to potential buyers. Use boxes stacked together to hide the clutter. Use higher quality matching hangers for clothes. By replacing free wire hangers from the dry cleaners, your closet will have a more luxurious feel.

A quick and inexpensive way to improve the appeal of your bedroom is to use gender-neutral colors in paint and accessories to have the broadest possible appeal. Color coordinate bedspreads, walls, curtains etc.

If walls are grimy, spray them using a standard spray bottle filled with a mixture of one part bleach and one part water. Follow up with a fresh coat of paint. Clear counter tops of everything but the essential to make the space look more open and more extensive.

Modernize your dated cabinets; they can be touched up for less than $200 with a coat of new wood stain or a good sanding and a coat of paint. Replacing brass or wooden cabinet hardware with brushed silver or stainless steel is an effective way of updating dated cabinets as well.

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