Five Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas

Five Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas

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home stagingIf you’ve paid any attention to home selling shows on TV, you know that you need to fix up and spruce up your home before putting it on the market. In fact, surveys show that staged homes sell twice as fast as non-staged ones! This is because home staging makes a home stand out from the crowd.

3 Basic Home Staging Rules

However, it isn’t always necessary to hire a professional home stager, especially if you have a good eye for detail and can follow some simple rules.

  1. The first rule is to make sure that everything is perfectly clean. You want buyers to feel like they could eat off your floor or even in your bathroom!
  2. The second rule is to get rid of clutter. You should have no piles of bills or books. Everything should have a place.
  3. The third rule goes right along with the clutter rule – create more space. You can do this by emptying cupboards, closets, basements, attics, and more. If you need the items you remove, simply rent a storage unit while your home sells.

Once you have the basics completed, then you can begin following other best practices such as painting walls, adding flowers to the exterior, and making all your spaces functional. With that in mind, here are five inexpensive extras that can make your home a showplace.

Freshen the Entryway

One of the first impressions your potential home buyer will have of your home is while standing in the entryway with their realtor. You want this experience to be wonderful. You can freshen up this area by:

  • Buying a new welcome mat
  • Adding fresh plants
  • Painting the front door

Use Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to make dark areas feel less dark. If you have an area with little natural light, a mirror can make all the difference. This works especially well if you can place the mirror across from a window. Mirrors can also make a home feel larger, which is always beneficial when selling a home.

Show Your Home is Perfect for Entertaining

Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. A good way to do this is to show them what it will be like to entertain. For a dining room table:

  • Set the table with solid color plates
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Add wine glasses

For kitchen tables or islands, simply set out matching bowls and coffee mugs.

Remove Personal Pictures

Although you’ve loved having the pictures of your family on your walls while living in your home, the goal of selling a home is to make it someone else’s. So, before putting your home on the market, remove any personal pictures with more standard artwork. Not only will your home appeal to more buyers, but larger canvas artwork shows up well in listing photos.

Make Your Bathroom a Luxury Spa

Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. That is why it is important to make your bathroom a makeover taking it from ordinary to extraordinary. After clearing away your clutter and personal grooming items, you can do the following:

  • Add thick, white towels
  • Buy a new white bath mat
  • Buy a new, white shower curtain
  • Add an orchid
  • Places candles and soaps on the counter or side of the tub

The point is to make buyers feel like they will be pampered if they purchase your home.

Home staging your home without a professional is possible, especially if you think about what a buyer wants to see when in your home. For more inexpensive home staging ideas, give us a call today.

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