How to: Stage Your Home for Buyers on the Cheap

One of the “necessary evils” of building a brand-new home is the fact that you’re going to have to sell your old one. And selling a home definitely is no walk in the park. From dealing with unplanned home tours to negotiating with buyers, it can be stressful. But taking the time to properly stage your home doesn’t only make it more attractive, it can also reduce some of the stress that comes along with selling. Here are a few quick tips for staging without blowing your seller’s budget.

1. Get Rid of Personal Stuff

Of course you love your family pictures and your child’s painting on the fridge, but leaving personal items out makes it hard for sellers to imagine themselves in your home. Pack it away – it’ll give you a head start for moving and keep your precious stuff safe during the sales process.

2. Clear Clutter

No buyer wants to see mounds of papers left on the counter. Instead, sleek and clean surfaces prevail, so dump all of your clutter into drawers so it’s out of sight, out of mind. Don’t forget the same treatment in the bathrooms! Stash toothbrushes and bath toys in cabinets so buyers see the best of your home, not your clutter.

3. Light a Candle

When in doubt, a sweet-smelling candle can help your home seem more, well, homey! A candle can mask any cooking or pet odors and creates  a pleasant, cozy atmosphere. For extra points, grab a candle that smells like baked goods – it’ll be the best $10 you’ve ever spent.

Staging your home doesn’t have to cost big bucks. Just give the space a once-over, pretending you’re a potential buyer. Some clean-up and a few updates might be all it takes for a buyer to fall in love with your home.

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