Cheap and Easy Home Staging Tips

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Cheap and Easy Home Staging Tips

Their are tons of ideas and means to staging a house.  Today, I will cover ways that are so cheap and easy for homeowners on a budget.

1: Clean and decluter - Cost $0

  • Seriously... yea, I heard it before. Every seller should know to do this... but most sellers do not. Lets put it this way for stubborn sellers.
  • Do you want to sell your house? Yes?
  • Do you want to get the most for your house? Yes?
  • Wont you be removing everything at closing anyway? Yes?

     Sellers need to realize that most buyers can not see past the dirt and clutter. This is what the typical seller thinks "my house is solid, It's just stuff that can be moved after I sell the house".  Here is what a typical buyer will say to a Realtor after the showing, "That house needs alot of work" and BAM!!!... there goes another serious buyer.

2: Brightening- Cost $300-400

  • You would be so surprised on how much simple and cheap Ikea floor lamps, ceiling lightings and bulbs are.
  • Remove dark and heavy curtains and/or drapes and replace with curtains that allow natural lighting in.
  • Painting, You can go to any home improvement store and get a five gallon bucket of paint. Be sure to use neutral colors or light colors just try to avoid the high gloss super white paint... we want the house to look inviting not like a hospital.

     Here is the logic in this.  The average buyer will come into a dark room and think its small, musky and wouldn't know how much furniture can fit into it. They wouldn't know how to use the room... so basically in the eyes of the buyers this room just became useless and of little or no use to them.

3: Be creative - Cost $100

  • rearrange furniture, remove items that are over-sized
  • use flowers, scented candles, and color to make the home feel warm.
  • Use soft music to set the mood of relaxation

     Here you want to encourage the useage of all 5 senses from the buyer. You want to make them feel that, after a long day; they can come back to a space truly worth entering.

4:  Outside - Cost $100-1000

  • Purn tress and surbs,
  • mow the lawn
  • remove and repair dead patches of soil, flowers, and vegetation
  • handle all broken/worn out doors, screens, lighting, sidings, awnings.

     Now, we all have only a few seconds to make the right first impression.  Make it count, otherwise everything else the buyers see wont mean a thing.

5: Repairs/Maintenance - Cost $300

  • repair leaky plumbing
  • replace/repair all electrical appliances as needed
  • repair/replace filters, cabinet doors, hinges, drawers, doors as needed

     As a seller, your walking away with money at closing...for the buyer they are walking away with a huge mortgage commitment.  The less buyers have to worry about added expenses with buying your house the more likely they will purchase your place.

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Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Michael, good tips, and I like the price range for people to choose how much to improve.

May 14, 2011 09:30 AM #1
Allen 2222
Austin, TX

Excellent tips - and I like how you broke it down by $$$. Suggested! Re-blogging!

May 14, 2011 09:52 AM #2
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Active Rain, Michael!  Excellent tips and keep on blogging... it will definitely help your RE career.

PS: I love your comment on your 'about' page  that you're well-rounded and think out of the box... now that's the ticket to success!

May 14, 2011 02:59 PM #3
Michael Ha Elmhurst
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village - Elmhurst, NY
Woodside, Maspeth

Thanks for the support everyone... Still a newbie AR...

May 15, 2011 05:54 AM #4
Reno, NV

Michael.... a new face on the AR!!!..... your points and recommendations for helping a house to sell quicker are right on.... But so many sellers are really busy and need the help from a professional stager to get the job done.  Hope you have a staging pro on your RE team to get your listings to sell fast. Stagers know that it is price, condition and location that sell a property.  Staging a home to sell justifies the asking price, updates and presents a home in its best condition and, creates a competitive edge over other properties in a given location......  please offer your sellers the services of a house stager (we are trained and have creative talent) and get the job done and the property sold quick.  Welcome aboard AR!

May 15, 2011 06:01 PM #5
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor


Great tips!

Of course everybody knows that one could clean one's own house. Some sellers don't have the time energy or believe it not the knowhow to professionally clean their own home to get to squeaky clean for a sale. Many people selling a used car pay for it to be "detailed". And then some sellers are just not the cleaning type. It will be worth every penny to recommend professional cleaning to your sellers, Carpets need to be professionally cleaned



Jun 25, 2011 10:08 AM #6
michael ha

I totally agree with you beverly, I dont know if its the City attitude of NY, but I had/have negitive experiences with sellers that dont understand the basic concepts of good cleaning. Some eventually start to understand when I give them feedback from buyers that have walked through their homes, unfortuntely by then alot of time has gone by along with the buyers....

Jun 27, 2011 04:51 AM #7
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No doubt, that the property should be prepared for sale.

Cleaning and fixing broken things is indeed not that expensive to do. If you don't have time, hire a professional. The result is still worth your money.

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