15 Ways to Stage your Home When Selling on a Budget
Staging your home can be rather costly, as many sellers do not want to be faced with these extra costs, and stuck paying for it when their home does not sell. A professional home stager can cost anywhere between $50 to $150 per hour, according to the broker Jessica Page with Innovative Real Estate in the Denver area. The Local Records Office suggests spending your money wisely and by using cost-effective strategies to stage your home.
Staging Your Home for Cheap
1. Taking out half the amount of furniture and de-cluttering your personal items will make rooms look bigger and you won’t have as much clutter distracting homeowners from viewing your home for sale.
-This includes children’s toys, removing items from countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.
2. Furnish the space with cozy settings and with floating furniture away from the walls. Rearrange furniture into cozy conversational settings and when you place pieces where there is higher traffic areas space becomes more user-friendly and will open up the room to make it seem much larger.
3. Repurpose junk to add value to your home, a simple addition to make a cozy nook for a reading spot, inexpensive rubber padding/carpet or even a few cushy pillows will transform the room.
4. Lighting will make the rooms more warm and welcoming. Aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet and do not depend on one of two fixtures, be sure to have three different types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
5. Painting tricks, such as painting the same color of the drapery will create an illusion to make space seem bigger than it really is.
-Those who take the time to fix the interior will see a larger return on their investment, Page says.
6. Neutral colors, such as off-white walls, give a definition to extend beyond with warm tans, honeys, to soft blue-greens. Bold wall colors also have a way of reducing offers; therefore it is best to go with neutral colors, especially, in large spaces.
7. Using darker tones in powder rooms, dining rooms or bedrooms can make the space more intimate, dramatic and cozy. Even an accent wall can draw attention a fireplace, or a lovely set of windows. Experiment with adding color inside built-in bookcases or niches to make them pop.
8. Have your home professionally cleaned that way everything is spotless, the windows, sliding glass door tracks, garage, basement, ceiling fans, etc.
9. Vary art displays by breaking up the line pattern or group to make the art stand out and show off your space.
10. Accessorizing the space with eye-pleasing and in odd numbers, rather than a row, a triangle will heighten and create width and to scale, put the larger items in the back and smaller items in the front. Group by color, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest.
11. Raid your yard by clipping the seasonal flowers adds a splash of cheerful color to your home and warms up your décor.
12. Create a relaxing bedroom setting with neutral colors and soft tones to make your room feel warm and inviting, a place you want to just hang out. Clean out your closets and show all the storage space, it will rank highest on the buyer’s priority list.
13. New doors and drawer fronts on cabinetry, painting to match and adding new hardware is a great way to save money and make your kitchen look brand new again, says, Local Records Office.
14. Finish any unfinished projects such as missing floorboards or cracks in the sidewalks, as these tend to be red flags which will cost you less to fix than buyers deducting the asking price.
15. Tile professionally painted will make a bathroom look brand new and accessorizing will make buyers feel as though they are in a spa, put out rolled towels, decorative baskets and candles. It is an inexpensive way of creating a polished look.