4 ways to stage your home without spending any money

December 29, 2014

Despite its importance, the staging process does not have to break the bank. Here are some ways to stage your home without spending a dime.

4 ways to stage your home without spending any money

Staging your home is one of the most important steps to selling it, since it allows potential buyers to imagine themselves living there.

1. Clean up

The most first and most important step is to clean your home.

  • Before showing your home to potential buyers, clean every inch of it—including the outside.
  • You'll want to not only get rid of clutter and personal mess, but also make sure the carpets are cleaned, windows are shiny and cobwebs are swept away.
  • First impressions are very important, so make sure you focus on getting your yard clean and neat, too, since it's the first thing a visitor will see before he or she enters your home.
  • Having a clean and clutter-free home allows visitors to imagine living there without seeing your mess.
  • You can clean your home using cleaning supplies you already have, so this step won't cost any money.

2. Light up the space

One of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers is a dark and dingy home. Thus, to make your house more appealing, focus on making the rooms lighter and brighter.

  • Clean your home's windows can help rid of grime that is stopping light from getting through windows.
  • You should also make sure you open your shades or blinds before potential buyers arrive.
  • Additionally, you can rearrange lamps you already have to brighten up a dark room.

3. Organize closets and drawers

Don't just declutter surfaces and visible spaces in your home; you should also organize storage spaces.

  • Take time to clean out your closets, drawers and cabinets.
  • Organizing storage spaces and clearing out clutter will make the areas seem bigger. Buyers will worry about storage space if the home feels too cluttered and disorganized.

4. Get rid of anything too bold or personal

Potential buyers want to imagine themselves in the home, so you'll want to get rid of anything that's too personal.

  • Put away items from your own hobbies and remove old or odd furniture, which might not appeal to a wide variety of people.
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