Here are Our Budget-Friendly Staging Tips for Selling Your Home
March 23, 2018 | Kendra Gildea
Are you planning to put your home on the market? It probably goes without saying you want to sell fast and get as close to asking price as possible. Most real estate professionals agree that the proper home staging will help a listing sell faster. Home staging can increase the value of your home. But with renting furniture and artwork, and hiring a professional home stager, the process can get expensive. But it doesn’t need to be!
Before shelling out a bunch of money, consider these tips for a budget-friendly approach to staging your home.

Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
Decluttering is more than budget-friendly. It’s free! In fact, you might make a bit of extra cash. Our rule of thumb? If you haven’t used it or you don’t love it, it's gone. With this in mind, consider the items you won’t want to keep when you move to your new home. You don’t need to throw everything away. Think about what you might want to donate or sell. You’ll also want to keep the potential buyer in mind when decluttering. You want the buyer to see your home as theirs. They can become distracted with too many personal belongings. So, remove family photos, pack away winter coats, and hide your mail.

Curb Appeal 
First impressions are everything and the buyer has already judged your home before they have even stepped foot inside. So, put your best foot forward by keeping your lawn freshly mowed and raked. Keep your plants and bushes trimmed. In the winter be sure to, scoop your sidewalks and driveway. These tasks will typically cost you nothing more than your time.

Arrange and Rearrange
Bulky furniture can fill a room and make the room feel smaller than it actually is. Try to rearrange your furniture to create an open flow. Again, if you have been thinking you wanted to get rid something, try selling or donating the item. As a last resort, we suggest renting a storage locker to hide larger pieces of furniture.

Improve Lighting Fixtures
You’ll want to clean and dust all ceiling and wall fixtures. Go through every room with the lights on to make sure you can see each room clearly. Replace any burnt or broken bulbs. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to make sure faulty light fixtures have been repaired.

Clean and Deodorize
Now is the time to deep clean and get to the items that you have been neglecting. Use baking soda to remove any unpleasant odors in carpets, drapery, and furniture. Grind a lemon rind in the garbage disposal to achieve a fresh scent in the kitchen. Scrub the floors and tiles, and don’t forget to clean small crevices you’d otherwise forget.

Staging your home does not need to be expensive. With the right mindset and proper preparation, you can stage your home like a professional with little to no cost to you!
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