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.

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.

Baking

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.