Five Tips to Stage Your Home Without Spending a Fortune

Staging a home is a common part of the home selling process, and while personal style and taste is what makes our world interesting and diverse, it’s important to keep in mind a few things when working to make your home appealing to the masses, and more importantly, an ideal buyer.

To assist you in efficiently staging your home without liquidating your bank account, here is list of quick staging secrets that will ensure your home is best poised to be aesthetically pleasing to potential buyers.

Tip One: Say Goodbye to Clutter

Unless you are an innate minimalist, chances are your home may appear cluttered. From furniture to decorative items, it’s best to keep things to a minimum. Not only will this approach create a fresh and clean appearance, it will also assist in your home appearing larger and more spacious than it may actually be.

One trick of the trade: Just when you’ve removed about everything you think you possibly could, remove one more additional item. Less is more!

Tip Two: Create Rooms with a Purpose

Do you have a particular room that is used mostly for storage or is a mish mash of ‘stuff?’ If so, there’s a few easy things you can do to transform a generic room into a room with a purpose. For instance, transform a room with a couch and end tables into a cozy ‘reading room.” This can easily be accomplished with a little time and creativity.

• Find some inviting pillows to add some ambiance to the couch.

• Organize books on the end table in an attractive fashion.

• Place an inspirational item in the room like a vintage pair of reading glasses.

Creating a room with a purpose allows potential buyers to envision themselves partaking in an activity that exudes relaxation and enjoyment.

Tip Three: Create an Inviting Feel

The main purpose of home staging is literally to ‘set the stage’ for a potential homebuyer to say “I would love to wake up in this home every morning.” Consider baking a batch of cookies prior to an Open House or leaving windows and doors open to ensure that fresh, clean air is circulating through your home. Make sure that kitchen dish towels match and are evenly displayed. Purchase seasonal fresh flowers and place them in a contemporary glass vase.

Tip Four: Consider Color

There’s a fine line between a bland home and a home that feels like a rainbow exploded. Ensure that your home falls right in the middle of these two extremes. To test this, walk through your home. Is there a consistent flow of color? Are some areas far too neutral? A fresh application of paint is one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can give your home, so be thoughtful by taking stock in your current interior color palette. And, color doesn’t always mean a bright orange or vibrant green. A rich grey tone or subdued shade can have just as much positive impact.

Tip Five: Lighting in Key

Lighting plays a crucial role in how a home is viewed. Studies have actually shown that most houses are not properly lighted. Ideally, you should have three types of lighting in each room: ambiance lighting (typically overhead lighting), task lighting (under cabinet or pendent lighting), and accent lighting (usually a floor or table lamp). This approach to lighting will ensure that your home appears to be welcoming.

In addition, ensure that you are allows as much light inside as possible by pulling back drapes and opening shutters. The glow of natural lighting cannot be artificially created, and it’s a definite positive to the majority of individuals.