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Home staging is a key strategy when presenting your home to prospective home buyers. Here are 6 easy ways to do it yourself, and sell your home faster.

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Home staging is what you do when you’re getting ready to sell your home. You arrange the furniture, clean, and make the home look good for potential home buyers. For many real estate agents, that might mean buying new furniture, replacing flooring, and spending a ton of money on things you won’t be able to use again once you move out. Avoid that pitfall by following these easy tips to stage your home on the cheap.

1. Scour and paint walls and floors

This is especially important in bathrooms where mold, shower scum, and hard water collect and become unsightly. To get rid of mold, use a 50/50 water and bleach solution. An intense cleaning solution like CLR works on fixtures as well as shower doors, tile, and bath tubs. You can prime and paint over walls and tiles that have faded to make them look even cleaner.

2. Use stain to enhance wooden floors and cabinets

Make faded hardwood shine with a fresh coat of stain from the hardware store. The same goes for outdoor decks. Sand down the wood first, then coat with a stain. Make sure to replace any damaged wood panels.

3. Light up the room

High levels of natural light is a highly desirable feature for every room. Make sure to keep window shades open and provide extra light sources from lamps to make a room look bright. A coat of light-colored paint on the walls and light-colored furniture can enhance the effect.

4. Clear the clutter

Start moving out before you move out. Keep the bare minimum amount of furniture and other items stored in rooms to make them look more spacious. The same goes for closets and countertops. Make them look as big and empty as possible. Packing away personal items like family photos also helps potential buyers envision themselves in your home.

5. Clean and deodorize

A professional cleaning service is best, but you can save money by cleaning every inch of your home yourself. Don’t forget to make any glass streak-free, clean ceilings, window blinds, sliding door tracks, the kitchen (one of the dirtiest places in the home), and the exterior of your home. You can reward yourself for your hard work by baking cookies in the oven, coincidentally a great way to make your home smell awesome before a showing.

6. Appeal to all walks of life

The last thing you want to do is alienate a potential buyer by making your home look like it’s designed for the wrong age group, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. Think neutral colors for paint and furnishings. Nothing too girly or manly. It might also be a good idea to hide kid’s toys. The idea of having kids too soon may scare off first-time home buyers.

Extra advice – from a professional home stager!

Give a good first impression by increasing your home’s curb appeal and continue to impress with these ideas that you can implement yourself. Beyond the cost of paint, wood stain, and cleaning supplies, you don’t need to spend much to get your home ready for a buyer.

But if you need a let extra advice, there are people who do this for a living; home stagers! Give them a call, or send them an email, and learn even more about how to present a home to prospective buyers as you work with a pro to present your home in the best possible light for a quicker potential home sale turnaround.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.