Our friends at Moshells.com have put out a great guide for staging your home on a budget. Properly staging your home is an important, cost effective part of the home selling process. Staging not only helps show off the best qualities of your home, but when done correctly it can also add to your final selling price!
Rule #1: De-Personalize
Buyers want to picture themselves in the house, so that wedding photo over the mantel might distract from that. Safely tuck away your photos while your home is on the market to prevent the distraction that prevents them from seeing a home for their family.
Rule #2: Maximize
Declutter and maximize the space in your home. Consider storing any clutter at an offsite location until you move into your new house. Closets that are packed tight make your home look like it lacks closet space.
Rule #3: Sanitize
Make sure you keep the house clean. This is the easiest and cheapest way to stage your house. A sink full of dirty dishes is as unappealing to you as it is to the buyer.
Rule #4: Modernize
All homes can benefit from some updating. If the buyer feels the home is dated they may reflect that feeling in a lower offer. Updating does not have to be expensive though. Consider a simple update such as changing out gold fixtures for nickel or chrome.
Rule #5: Neutralize
We have all seen on HGTV House Hunters how a paint color can make or break a buyers decision on a home. You may love the colors in your house, but the buyer may be turned off by the amount of painting that needs to be done because the colors clash with their style.
Visit the article to find more helpful staging tips to maximize the return on your home and speed the sale of it.