How Can I Quickly and Inexpensively Update My Home? Ask A Home Stager.

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

It's been proven time and again that visual appearance influences potential home buyers. Whether negative or positive, condition will be a determing factor in how fast, and for how much, your house sells.

If you are planning to list your house for sale, a home staging consult will arm you with the information you need to prepare and present your house in its best light.

Staging is usually associated with being expensive. However, most stagers offer "Occupied Staging" services which involves using existing furnishings and accessories as much as possible. 

We understand that homeowners want to avoid spending money on a house they are selling, and that many sellers simply don't have the budget to do so. Stagers are very creative, and we have many ways of transforming rooms very inexpensively.

 

Here's a recent example of an inexpensive and easy update:

I've had the same kitchen dining set for 15 years.

Recently we got new hardwood floors and the dining set was moved to the garage until the floors were done. Once it was moved out, I hated to bring it back in.

I was tired of it. It was dark, dirty looking and dated.

I couldn't justify spending money on a new set after the cost of the floors, but I knew I was ready for a change.

I painted the stone parts of the table with white primer. Brushing lightly and intentionally missing some spots allowed some of the finish to still show. I wanted an aged look. 

I covered the seat cushions with new fabric for less than $20.

 

I first changed these seats six years ago and wrote how to replace the fabric .

 

 

Other ways you can update your home for little to no money....

 

Don't buy new throw pillows.  Make new covers for the pillows you have.

Don't buy new curtains. Tips for inexpensive and updated window treatments.

Transform and update your fireplace for only $199.

Don't buy expensive floral arrangements.  Spray paint some tree branches!

Don't buy new accessories.  Use spray paint for an updated look.

Add storage and visual appeal to your laundry room with "new" cabinets.

Don't buy new furniture.  Paint it black (or any color you choose) for a new look.

 

Whether you are preparing to sell

or just want a fresh new look...

 a little effort and creativity, and very little expense,

is really all you need!

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Harry F. D'Elia  More times than not for me.  LOL

Nina Hollander  Well then, a stager like me is exactly what someone like you needs!

Brian England  I really do prefer to reuse if I can. I just don't find it easy to spend money on things if I can make what I have work.

Jun 05, 2017 06:47 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  I've had so many sellers tell me "I never would have thought of that." People are amazed when I pull stuff out of their cabinets or basement to use in a new way. Just regrouping things and moving to a different room makes a huge difference.

 

Jun 05, 2017 06:49 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Good tips and thanks for the links to the other ideas. -Kasey

Jun 05, 2017 06:54 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, sure wish you lived closer, some of my sellers could use your expertise.  You always have such great tips even if on a budget.

Jun 05, 2017 07:01 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kasey & John Boles  Glad you found it useful, I hope others do too. Thank you!

Joan Cox  That's wonderful to hear. I wish I could help your sellers too!

Jun 05, 2017 07:59 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Sharon,

Great suggestions.  I like to update the look an feel of our living space every so often, it just feels good.  Thank you for the inexpensive suggestions.  A

Jun 05, 2017 07:59 AM #10
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That simple change made the set seem brighter and lighter.

Jun 05, 2017 10:29 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Sharon - you really show us with your posts how much can be done with a small budget 

Jun 05, 2017 10:40 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  it does feel good, and it's stress reducing too!

Belinda Spillman  Thank you. I really am very happy with the results.

Grant Schneider  Thank you! I hope I inspire others to reuse what they have.

 

Jun 05, 2017 11:28 AM #13
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Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Sharon you and I are so alike!  I enjoy changing things up and re-purposing things to make them look new.  And WOW all  your links at the bottom of the post will really get folks ready to do some summer changes!

Jun 05, 2017 02:49 PM #14
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- excellent tips!  I don't work well with a sewing machine but I can recover chairs!!!  I also like the idea of not adding more things to our dumps. 

Jun 05, 2017 03:44 PM #15
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Sharon

You have a good eye . . . . and imagination. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 05, 2017 05:32 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

And to think, some people would throw out, sell, or donate something they got tired of - but not Sharon. By using some imagination and creativity, you transformed the looks making it look fresh and clean, and practically brand new! You sure could have fooled me! Plus, you saved money too by not having to buy every new! Susie Homemaker, I am not, but I admire people with a flair for updating  something to make it look completely different.

Sharon, you've got talent!!!

Patricia

Jun 05, 2017 07:59 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS  I just hate to buy new if something I already have will work. You should share some of your updates.

Kathy Streib  Sometimes it's just a matter of using slipcovers....doesn't always have to be completely diy.

Lou Ludwig  Thank you! I am very creative and I love transforming!

Patricia Feager  Thank you!  I really do enjoy it and I hate waste!

 

Jun 06, 2017 07:26 AM #18
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Great tips, Sharon. You give the best advice to sellers (or anyone) wanting to update their home.

Jun 24, 2017 07:16 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Pat Starnes  Thank you! I appreciate that you took so much time to read ALL the posts! And comment!

Jun 25, 2017 06:51 AM #20
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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So many posts in one convenient article. How could I NOT read them all? They are inspirational. And I am NOT a stalker. :)

Jun 25, 2017 07:47 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Pat Starnes  Thank you!! I not for one second thought you were a stalker. You just had a Tarathon, that's all.

Jun 26, 2017 07:47 AM #22
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Sharon Kowitz
Fonville Morisey-CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Love it! I use a can of spray paint every year on outdoor furniture to freshen it up or change from black to the new sea blue which is popular now. EASY!

Jul 05, 2017 04:57 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sharon Kowitz  I am so overdue on spray painting my patio furniture. That is something I really need to do.

Jul 05, 2017 12:54 PM #24
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