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Home Staging on a Budget

First Impression

Start outside. That’s right, start on the outside first! It’s the first impression your potential buyers will get. If potential buyers drive by a house and don’t like the way it looks on the outside, they will not even bother looking on the inside!  The outside of your house should be designed to make you want to go in.  Your landscaping is just as important as the décor on the inside.  Your grass should always be cut, leaves raked, weeds removed, and hedges trimmed. But, beyond that, consider making your outdoor space part of your living area.  Invest in some outdoor furniture, a few potted plants, and some outdoor lighting.


Clutter Be Gone

Now, moving on to the inside! The first thing you need to do is clear the clutter! Remove all unnecessary items by packing them away. This will help potential buyers “see” themselves living in the space. If your home is cluttered, potential buyers will feel like there is not enough space. Don’t worry, you can reunite with your things in your new home!! By packing unnecessary things now, you will make your moving day much easier.  If you have a lot of things to pack away, you may want to consider a mobile storage unit that can move with you when the time comes.

Let There Be Light

Poor lighting can turn even the most beautiful designed home into a disaster. There should be three sources of lighting in a room: natural light, overhead light, and task light. It’s always best to use natural light, so open the curtains (and clean those windows!).  Use soft white light bulbs for your overhead and task lighting (lamps 😊). New light bulbs and clean windows, how’s that for budget friendly??!!


Feel At Home

The kitchen and dining room are often considered the heart of the home.  It’s very important to make sure these spaces shine at all times. Once again, declutter.  Remove all unnecessary items from countertops to give the appearance of plenty of working space.  If these rooms look outdated it can affect the mood and atmosphere. Remember, you want the potential new owner to feel at home! The best way to freshen up a room is by painting! Use a neutral color to give your home a new look. Bathrooms are also spaces that need to be fresh and clean. Simply paint bathrooms in a neutral color and make sure the tile is fresh and clean. Replacing the tiles every time they lose their shine can be expensive, but you can easily make improvements on the surface. A tile refreshing kit or spray paint will do the trick and you can do the job yourself. Paint is one of the most budget friendly thing you can do to transform a room!