Staging Your Home on a Budget

Prepare your home to sell with minimal costs.

Staging your home creates a welcoming environment for buyers.
Staging your home creates a welcoming environment for buyers.

Is your home prepared to be dissected and critiqued by discerning buyers? Home staging isn’t limited to luxury homes. Properties of all values should be reformatted and decorated with the buyer in mind. Home staging is not reserved for the rich. The end goal is to stage to highlight the space, not be overwhelmed by your stuff. Follow these tips to make your home marketable.

  1. Cut the clutter. This seemingly obvious step is a vital one. Clear out distracting objects you don’t need and minimize personalized touches. Buyers need to have the ability to imagine their future lives at this property.
  2. Power of paint. Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a room from drab and outdated to fab and modern. Look beyond basic white and choose warm beiges that are inviting without feeling sterile and impersonal.
  3. Curb appeal. Leverage the power of a first impression. Plant flowers, mow the lawn, invest in an updated mailbox, and hide the trash cans out of sight.
  4. Clear the counter. Store the objects you can. Toasters, coffee pots, blenders, and other appliances aren’t decorations. Streamline the buyer’s view of your kitchen and give them a clean counter.
  5. Tote the toiletries. A buyer doesn’t want to see your toothbrush or what brand of shampoo you use. Keep them in a handy tote that can be taken out every morning and evening for use and stowed discreetly away during showings.

Make your home work for you! Staging your home sells your house for more money, making it worth the time and effort. Don’t discount staging your home because you’re on a budget. It may result in greater benefits than you realized!

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.


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