5 No-Cost and Low-Cost Home Staging Tips

January 27, 2016

First impressions come with a raw power, and this is especially true for home sellers. When a potential home buyer visits your home, you want their reaction to be, “Wow!” And this kind of reaction cannot come with just a coat of paint and a little brushing here and there. You need to stage your home, but you don’t want to spend too much on it for obvious reasons. So here are some no-cost and low-cost home staging tips.

Clean the clutter

Nobody likes a cluttered home. Cleaning up the mess is not easy, but it needs to be done. You can temporarily utilize some offsite storage (such as someone’s garage). Make sure you clean the area – floors, cupboards, and everything – so that the homebuyer can look at all the space they’ll be getting. If there is anything unsightly, make sure it’s gone. Also, your personal items (like family photographs) can be very distracting, so it’s a good idea to remove them.

Have an inviting porch

You don’t have to spend a lot to make your porch more inviting. Just add a clean doormat that says “Welcome home”. And if you can add a few potted plants, it will increase the porch appeal. Keep the lights on during the evening so that if a potential buyer drives by, they can see that your home is warm and welcoming.

Rearrange the furniture

Your furniture should be arranged in such a way that it makes your space look larger. You can also pull the chairs close to each other to create an ambience that is warm and inviting. Symmetrical arrangements usually work the best, but if you have a unique idea for furniture placement, you can try that too.

Cover up the odors

Make sure you deodorize the home before it is open for potential homebuyers. Even if you have a clean and spacious home, certain smells can turn off the buyers. If you have pets, people can be turned off by their smells. It’s a good idea to bake some cookies or use air fresheners to mask the smells that might ruin the deal.

Enhance the curb appeal

That’s the first thing that the buyers will notice. If your lawn is unkempt, the buyers might not even want to look inside. Make sure you mow the lawn and clean up the driveway. If you can, plant some seasonal blooms to add a little extra charm to the curb appeal.

With these inexpensive ideas, you can up your game and make sure that you get the asking price for your home.

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