Staging Your Home On A Budget

If you’re preparing to list your house on the market, your property has to look its absolute best so that buyers can see its full potential and imagine themselves living there.  That’s what home-staging is all about. It's about the "lifestyle" you want to create to help attract the buyer.  A professional home-stager can cost anywhere between $50 and $150 per hour.  The good news is that you can do it yourself for a lot less money! 
    
5 Cost Effective Ways To Stage Your Home:

    1. Stash your personal items.  Packing away your personal stuff, such as pictures, sports memorabilia, even religious items, is one of the easiest, cheapest things you can do to stage your house.
    2. Clear away clutter.  Decluttering is another simple way to get buyers to focus on the bones of the house. Clear off kitchen and bathroom countertops.  If you have kids, make sure their toys are put away in tidy storage bins or baskets. Any surface should be clear of items that create clutter.
    3. Rearrange rooms and give them purpose.  Rearrange the rooms in your home and make sure each room has a distinct purpose. I suggest touring builders’ models to see how the rooms are furnished and what their function is.
    4. Scrub and deodorize.  No one wants to visit a dirty house, especially prospective buyers.  So make sure your house is squeaky clean and smells fresh and welcoming. 
    5. Enhance curb appeal.  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 make sure the house number is easy to see.
Staging your home is important for the open house, but it’s also a vital part of marketing it online— which is how most buyers are likely to find your house.  If you can’t afford the price of a professional home stager, take matters into your own hands and make your home shine.  Many sellers will often say that their home never looked as good as it did when they listed it for sale!