Home Staging on a Budget

Home Staging on a Budget

You want your home sold quickly and at top dollar and you know that home staging will help make that happen.  But you don’t have the funds to renovate your home or get new furniture to highlight an accent wall.  Home staging on a budget can still be done, you just need to put in a little elbow grease and use the tools that you have.  Let us show you how to make your home look fabulous for your next open house.

  1. Take Out the Clutter

It costs nothing to start removing the clutter from around your home and either packing it away to move later or storing it.  The longer you have lived in a home the more things you accumulate, taking away the clutter makes your home look tidy and also makes it look bigger.

  1. Change the Light Bulbs

Get rid of old burnt out bulbs and change them out for softer lighting.  Well lit homes look welcoming and make guests feel warm and invited.

  1. Create Conversation Areas

Your sofa and chairs need to be positioned so that traffic can flow around the home.  You can also make the living room feel more intimate be creating conversation areas with your furniture.

  1. Slap on a Fresh Coat of Paint

Fresh paint in a neutral color can do wonders for your home.  It can make it look bigger and more inviting if you use the same color on adjacent rooms, the same color flows from one room into another.  Using window dressings of the same color can also add sophistication and elegance to your room.

  1. Add Fresh Seasonal Flowers

Fresh flowers add color and a wonderful scent to your home.  You don’t have to go out and grab the most expensive bouquet the flower shop has, you can grab wild flowers if you have them nearby.  Just make sure they are fresh and smell good.

  1. Clean Up the Bathroom

Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses and while you may not have the funds to renovate your bathroom you can remove old moldy grout and replace it with new grout.  Clean the tiles thoroughly and replace and old and dripping taps that you might have.  Clean out the clutter and personal products and make the mirrors sparkle.

  1. Make the Bedroom Look Relaxing

If you can you may want to replace your duvet.  You should also clean out the closets so that they aren’t stuffed until they are ready to burst.  Hang up all of your clothes and clear off the top of the dressers.

This is not everything you can do to stage your home but it is definitely a good start to making visitors feel at home and have them wanting to put in an offer.

DIY Staging versus Hiring a Pro

DIY Staging versus Hiring a Pro

If you want to sell your house fast then proper staging is the best way to get that done.  Staged homes not only sell faster but they sell for more money and if you are in a buyer’s market you need to do everything you can to help get your home sold.  Once you have decided that your home needs staging you’re left with the choice of DIY staging versus hiring a pro.  There are advantages to both and see which one is the better option for you.

Doing it Yourself

Most people try staging their homes themselves because of the cost of hiring a pro.  Everyone likes saving money but that doesn’t mean that you should try staging.  Do you know anything about interior design or the principals of staging?  Maybe you have a friend who claims to know how to stage…that never works out well.  If you are stuck and have to stage your home yourself there are some resources you should look into first.  Head on over to YouTube and watch some of the more popular videos on staging and learn a trick or two.  There are also a couple of websites that will allow you to upload before photos of your home and give you pro tips on what to do.

Easy peasy…right.

Not so fast.  Let’s look at how home staging companies work and why you may still want to go the pro route instead.

Hiring the Pros to Do It

Staging is as much science as it is art and you need to understand how it works to make it work for you.  Professional stagers also have no emotional attachment to your home, they can look at it with a critical and objective eye and find the flaws.  Professional staging companies have on hand furniture and art pieces to make your home look its best.  You may not be in the position to acquire new furniture just for the short time you need it to sell your house.  An experienced home stager in your local market knows what similar homes are selling for and what they look like.  They know what features buyers are looking for and how to incorporate them into your home.  Yes, there is a cost to working with a professional home staging company but it is well worth it in the end.

The Verdict

Unless you have no other alternative then using a professional home staging company will give you the best bang for your buck.  You want your house sold as quickly as possible and for the best price.  They are in the best position to help you do that.


Your Staged Home Should Smell Good Too

Your Staged Home Should Smell Good Too

When it comes to staging your home to sell your staged home should smell good as well as look good.  Make someone feel at home is about more sense than just appealing to the eyes.  There is nothing quite like a homey smell to make your open house visitors feel comfortable.  Scent is potent when it comes to triggering pleasant memories and you can tap into that and use it to your advantage.  Here are some ways to use scent to your advantage when staging an open house.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Cleaning your house is more than dusting and vacuuming, although that should be done too.  You are going to have to do a deep clean beyond the usual tasks.  That means doing things like steam cleaning your carpets to get rid of lingering odors.  Be careful with the cleaning products that you use, some cleaning products do not have a pleasant odor so opt for something that smells better yet still works.  Here are some tips on using cleaning products that smell fantastic.

Use Natural Citrus Smells

Homes that smell like real food, although you need to be careful with this, appeal to visitors.  The smell of citrus was one that had a lot of appeal to many home buyers.  They liked even more than baking or roasted chicken and citrus is often associated with a clean home.  However, don’t use air fresheners with harsh chemicals they just smell bad and are overwhelming.  A diffuser with some essential oil should work just fine.

Scented Candles

Scented candles do more than just smell good they also give your home a feeling of warmth and can help relax your guests.  Again be careful not to use a scent that is overpowering or too strong.


While citrus may be a favored scent fresh baked goods are a pretty close second.  Stick with chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies, no peanut butter in case of allergies.  Other options can include fresh baked bread or cakes.  Baked goods smell like home and invoke memories of mom’s or grandma’s cooking.

Scents and smells affect mood more than most people realize.  Nothing will make you want to leave someone’s house faster than a bad smell.  Don’t let something as easily fixed as scent drive buyers off.  Having a nice smelling and warm home is easy and cheap to do, so take advantage and sell your home faster.

How Staging Your Home Helps it Sell

How Staging Your Home Helps it Sell

There is no shortage of television shows on HGTV and DIY about staging your home to sell.  They make it look so easy and make claims of how staging your home helps sell it, but are the claims real or is it just entertainment?  Actually yes, staging your home does help you to sell it, not only that but you will sell it quicker and get a better price.  Let’s look at how and why it works and whether you should try it or not.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is using interior design to highlight the best features of your home.  A home staging professional works with realtors and home owners by evaluating the property to see what may keep buyers from putting in offers.  While it does use design principals it is not exactly interior decorating, rather it is using the furniture to market your home.

How Does it Work?

When your house has been properly staged then the buyer’s see it in its best condition. The focal points of the room are highlighted each room flows into the next.  Rooms are tastefully decorated to blend with the style of the house.  Furniture is arranged so buyers can move around your home smoothly.  Everything works together to help the buyers envision themselves living in the home.  It also makes the home look very well cared for so the buyer feels comfortable buying a good house.  Here is a look at the psychology of home staging.

Benefits of Staging

By putting your home in the best condition possible you can ask a better price than a home that hasn’t been staged.  Statistically homes that have been professionally staged get a better asking price and sell quicker than homes that aren’t staged.  Here are some hard statistics to back these claims up, a staged home sits on the market for about 30 days on average.  A home that isn’t staged sits on the market for an average of 160 days.  That is a huge difference!  The carrying costs alone for your home are enough to justify hiring someone to do the staging for you.

Having your home professionally staged benefits you immediately.  Your house will sell faster than a non-staged home and if you’re in a competitive market you need every advantage that you can get.  If you have a good realtor then they know the advantages of staging and will probably recommend someone who can help you present your home.