Budget-Friendly Staging Ideas That’ll Wow Buyers!

We all know that staging a home increases its value on the open market and, contrary to popular misconceptions, it’s entirely possible to do a little DIY staging that won’t break the bank.

smaller1.  The No. 1 suggestion for getting your home looking good and ready to sell?

Consult with your REALTOR®.  Laura Van Meter has helped 100’s of sellers with staging suggestions to put their homes in the best possible light.  Here are some of her general recommendations, but she will take a hands-on approach with you, always with your budget in mind.

2.  Vacant Home

If a home is vacant, furnish the main living area rooms. If you don’t, many potential buyers have problems defining how the space can be used.

3.  Rent A Storage Unit

Experienced sellers know the absolute cheapest way to spruce up a home is decluttering. Staging pros cite clutter as the #1 turn-off for buyers.  Renting a storage unit and storing your excess furniture and possessions is one of the best investments you can make when you’re ready to put your home on the market.

4.  Slipcover Old Furniture

slipcoverCover up dated or worn furniture with a slipcover. You can neutralize a dated pattern, tie colors in a room together, and/or provide a splash of fresh color, all for a very low cost.

5.  Grab Just 1 Quart of Paint

1 quart paintYou already know that most rooms should be painted in a neutral tone. But a quart of a pop of color can play up key architectural features and emphasize unique features in a room. For example, if your fireplace or bay window or built-in shelves are lost amid a sea of same color walls, an accent color will give new focus to these important features.

6.  Raise The Roof, Visually Speaking

Older homes with low 8-foot ceilings benefit from adding strong vertical lines to a room.  Cut some wild foliage—like 6-foot branches—and place them in a narrow vase. Another very effective trick is to add draperies from a ceiling mount rod to give the room a lift. Ready-made draperies are available in 96- as well as 108-inch lengths, and you can find them at Ikea and other discount stores for a relatively low cost.

7.  Bed-In-A-Bag

bed in a bagWhile designers don’t like the bed-in-a-bag look, they offer a quick and easy solution to coordinating the décor of a bedroom. You can tie together miss-matched colors or revitalize a boring bedroom with this matched set.  And don’t overlook the possibility of using the matching sheets (that no one sees) as window treatments.

8.  Quick Bathroom Face-Lift

bath fixturesIf a complete update of your bathroom is not practical, you can make that old bath look like new! Just paint existing cabinets, add new hardware, and finish with a cloth shower curtain. Don’t forget to add new towels and rugs, and several accent pieces, appropriate for a bathroom.

9.  Pay Attention to Lighting

Show your home in its best light by purchasing bulbs with warmer hues. They’re more flattering to skin tones and cast a warm light in rooms, rather than cooler toned bulbs.

10. Hit Thrift Stores and Yard Sales

If you need to buy some furniture pieces to stage your home, hit thrift stores and yard sales, or even borrow pieces from friends or family.

11. Banish Outdated Decor

Rid your home of old décor, such as silk flowers and outdated curtains. And don’t forget your house number, which is one of the first things potential buyers see.  Make certain the numbers are in a style consistent with the architectural design of the house.

12. Create Inviting Homey Vignettes

Stage your home for everyday living with fresh flowers and bowls of fresh fruit. Creating vignettes means setting dining tables and creating small homey touches like a folded newspaper with a coffee cup on a tray by a chaise lounge.  These small touches spell home.

We hope you found these tips helpful. If you’ve considered selling your home and buying a new home that more closely matches your needs, contact Laura today!

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Adapted from an article by author Margaret Heidenry

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