Home Staging Ideas

Getting ready to sell your home? Appearance is everything. That's where home staging comes in. Homeowners can use these five easy tips to stage your home that will cost next to nothing.









Pack away personal items:

Packing away personal items is one of the simplest — and cheapest — things you can do to sell your house quickly.

Prospective buyers won't be able to picture themselves in the house if they're surrounded by dozens of photos of your children and grandparents.

The cost: $2 to $3 for a roll of packaging tape. You already have the scissors on hand and you can often score the boxes for free from a neighborhood store.

Clear Away Clutter:

Ridding your home of clutter is another simple way to get buyers to focus on the bones of the house, not the titles in your CD collection.

After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves and countertops, and in drawers, closets, garages, attics and basements.

Putting things in boxes and neatly stacking them in the corner of the garage. Anything extra should go in a small, rented storage unit.

The cost: The price of a storage unit varies (around $45 a month for a 5-foot-by-5-foot unit).

Rearrange and Neutralize Rooms:

Rearrange the rooms in your home to reel in prospective buyers. Make sure each room has a distinct, useful purpose. Closests should be neat and organized.

If your home has been painted recently, consider yourself ahead of the game. If not, take a paintbrush to the rooms that need it most. Sellers who paint the interior of their home will see a large return on the investment. Fresh, neutral paint on the walls, trim and doors is worth its weight in gold — it makes everything appear clean and new.

The cost: Anywhere from $12 to $50 per gallon for paint, plus another $10 to $50 for other painting supplies (primer, brushes, drop cloths, etc.) You can get back some of that money as a refund on your taxes for any items you donate to charity.

Scrub and Deordorize:

No one wants to look at a dirty, smelly home — especially not prospective buyers. So make sure your house shines from top to bottom. The goal is to help buyers imagine themselves living in the home.

Having the house professionally cleaned so that everything is spotless — windows, sliding glass door tracks, garage, basement, ceiling fans, etc.

The cost: Varies by the location and size of the home cleaning service, but typically less than $100 to clean a four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home. 

Enhancing Curb Appeal:

Whatever you do, do not overlook the home's exterior when selling. Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home — it's the buyer's first impression of your home.

Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free of clutter and debris, and ensure the house number is easily visible. It may also be beneficial to pressure-clean the exterior of your home, driveway and sidewalk, if needed.

Another valuable low-cost solution? Mulch. Mulch is cheap and it makes everything look trim and neat. 

The cost: Mulch costs around $3 per bag.The cost of renting a pressure washer varies, but you may be able to get one from a local hardware store for around $50 per day. It may cost double that to purchase a pressure washer. Professional cleaning with a pressure washer for a 2,500 square-foot-house may set you back about $250.

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