A lot of people have asked me how we did it after I wrote my post about selling our home quickly, in a depressed area. There were several key tips in that post about our home and what we did to it, but the main things that sold that house quickly was the right price and making it look great. We staged that home well and it didn’t cost us much money. While it helps to have an interior designer as a mother, many people can clean up and stage their home appropriately to sell their homes. I included some home staging tips to show what we did and what home buyers are looking for. Remember, people are looking at a home to live in it. You need to show the home lived in, but not with your personal style. You need neutral colors and clean furniture. You need to get rid of your family photos and religious regalia. You don’t know who is coming into your house and you don’t want to offend them. Buying a home is a very personal process and you have to appeal to the biggest audience you can. Now, I’m going to show you how to stage a home on a budget. Most of us don’t have a lot of money to hire a designer or buy new furniture, but here are some tips on how to do it with a budget, all with a nice infographic!
Home Staging on a Budget
The key to staging a home on a budget is to know how to do many things yourself. While you might not be all that handy, some of this stuff just takes time and a little bit of skill. If you don’t know how to do something, look it up. There is a vast array of how-to videos on Youtube that can help you with almost anything. Seriously, if I don’t know how to do something, I will check online to get a general idea. While people do things differently, if you can get a general guideline, then you should be set. I DIY many things in my house because I enjoy using my hands and I enjoy saving money. If you don’t know how to do it and you d0n’t like the DIY approach, then look for contractors who will do it. It’s easy to find people willing to do the work, just make sure to compare pricing and skill levels. Don’t always go with the cheapest. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
The one note I will say about home staging on a budget is that not all things are possible on a tight budget. If your carpet is stained and can’t be cleaned appropriately, then you should think about replacing it. We had to replace our carpet because our dogs has left deep in stains all the way into the padding. You can’t get that out and the smell will never leave. That is something that will keep the buyers happy and will show you home better. Another key is flooring in general. If you look at other homes that sold in your area and you see many of them have paid for hardwood flooring or laminate, then you might want to think about doing the same. You are competing against other home sellers. Remember this as you want to win. Winning is getting the contract at the price you want. You might have to drop some money to get a nice floor, but it will bring back a return. See if you can build it into the sales price. Before you go getting just any flooring, make sure you check on deals for hardwood flooring upgrades. There are many sellers out there providing great deals, but you need to search for them. Take your time and find the deal that best fits your budget.
OK, now onto the infographic. If you are looking to stage your home, please take some time to look over this graphic and come up with ideas on how you can stage your home on a budget. Doing just the right touches can really set your home apart from the competition and give you a leg up on pending offers. Trust me, I have been there. Home staging makes all the difference in a home selling slowly and one selling quickly. This infographic is courtesy of Moshells.com.
Do you have any home staging tips that can be done on a budget? What have you done to your home that didn’t cost much, but made a big difference? Share your tips and tricks below.