Stage Your Home On A Budget

If you are preparing to put your home on the market, there are a few steps you need to take to help sell your home. You’ve probably been to many open houses and have seen what others are doing to make their home look perfect. Your real estate agent may suggest that you hire a professional to stage your home, but there are other ways. If you are working on a budget and don’t want to accrue any unnecessary expenses, there are a few inexpensive DIY steps you can take that will have an immense impact on selling your home.

Convert To A White Bathroom

Having white in the bathroom makes it look new and fresh. If you can’t afford to replace the countertops or cabinets, purchase some fresh white towels, a new shower curtain, and some fun accessories. You can even add a white bath mat unless the floor in the bathroom is a selling point. These little accents can brighten up your space and give it a clean, crisp look.

Strip The Windows

Natural light is a big selling point. If you have curtains or blinds on your windows, take them down or pull them up. While window treatments give a look a finishing touch, they also reduce the amount of light that flows into your home. It can also cause a room to look dark and outdated. Additionally, take the time to wash your windows on both the inside and the outside. This will let even more natural light into your home.

Flip All Switches

Well-placed lighting is especially important in rooms without much natural light. Before your next open house or showing, turn on all the lights in the house, including overhead lights and table-side lamps. You can purchase inexpensive floor lamps and place them in dark corners to help make a room look even brighter. With more lights turned on, potential buyers will feel more confident that you don’t have anything hiding throughout your home.

Replace Wall Art With Mirrors

Everyone’s taste in art is different. While you may love the pieces currently hanging on the wall, it might not be as appealing to your potential buyers. Be sure to remove any personal photos or artwork from your walls. Go one step further and replace some pieces with a mirror. Having a mirror in a room increases the light and makes the room feel larger.

Update Your Kitchen

Being on a budget means that you must prioritize the areas of your home that get repaired and updated. If your kitchen needs updating, you don’t have to replace the countertops or paint to give it a fresh look. The good news is that there are are less expensive solutions out there! Replace an old light fixture with a more modern one or replace the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with more modern ones. Head over to Home Depot, Lowes, or any local home improvement store and search for these finishing touches. If you are not sure what style to get, ask your broker to tell you what is the most popular right now.

Roll Up The Rugs

These days, most buyers are looking for hardwood floors in their home. If you have hardwood, just know that it’s a huge selling point! Make sure to remove any rugs that look worn or even slightly stained to show off those gleaming floors. If you have an area rug in your kitchen, removing it will make the space feel more spacious.

Replace Old Lampshades

If you want to make your home look more modern, clean, and bright, try replacing the old lampshades with white drum shades. These can be found for a good price at Target or Ikea.

Add Metallic Accents

If you want to make any room in your house look more contemporary, try adding metallic accessories. Add a copper tray or silver throw pillow.

Set The Table

Breathe new life into your dining table by adding a simple table setting. Be careful not to go overboard as an elaborate table setting creates an overly-staged look. Look for modern white plates, stainless steel silverware, and clear wine glasses. You can find these items for a relatively inexpensive price at Bed Bath and Beyond. Accent these pieces with a simple, neutral tablecloth or place mat to complete the look. You can also pick out some vibrant napkins for a splash of color.

The good news is that you don’t need to hire a professional to stage your home. You can attract plenty of home buyers and stick to your budget with these helpful tips! We want to hear from you! Tell us about the money-saving tips you have used to stage your home in the past. In the meantime, get more information about the housing market on the Chicago Real Estate Forum website.