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Home Staging on a Budget

by Missie McSweeney 05/11/2022

Home staging doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of simple DIY changes you can make to prepare your home for potential buyers while sticking to your budget. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Organize Closets

Prepare your closets to show off to potential buyers. Closets are a huge selling point and the tidier you can make them, the better impression you'll make. Try removing half of everything in each closet to highlight the amount of usable space. Another great way to enhance your closets is to swap out plastic hangers for ones made of wood or metal. Clear the floor space or utilize smart modular shoe storage to show off the possibilities to potential buyers.

Remove Personal Items

One of the most important things to remember when staging your home is to de-personalize. You want potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space, and that's more difficult to do when distracted by personal photos or hobby-related decor. Anything personally identifying should be stowed away, but you don't have to remove everything. Keep the more neutral decorative pieces like framed nature photography or artwork to add interest to the space without causing distraction.

Declutter

Getting rid of general household clutter should be the first step in your staging journey. However, you can take it further by applying it to your furniture and larger decorative items as well as small belongings. Examine each room in your home and find at least one furniture piece you can remove to make more space. Unless you already have an extremely minimalist design style, you should be able to create the illusion of more square footage for free just by moving furniture.

These are just a few ways you can DIY your home staging. While working with a professional stager is still an excellent idea for any home seller, these strategies will get you started and save you money.

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Missie McSweeney

As a RE/MAX® agent, I’m dedicated to helping my clients find the home of their dreams. Whether you are buying or selling a home or just curious about the local market, I would love to offer my support and services. I know the local community — both as an agent and a neighbor — and can help guide you through the nuances of our local market. With access to top listings, a worldwide network, exceptional marketing strategies and cutting-edge technology, I work hard to make your real estate experience memorable and enjoyable Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.