You’re putting your home on the market and want it to show its best. So, it is crucial that you highlight everything your home has to offer when you put it on the market. If you want your home to look it’s best, you’ll need to spend some time staging your home. The challenge is staging your home without it costing you an arm and a leg.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to stage your home without breaking the bank. The following are 8 great ideas to help you spruce up your home without breaking the bank or spending more than you will get a return to do it:

1. A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls is a great idea, especially for older homes where the paint may be a bit more faded or chipped. A fresh coat of paint can make the house look and feel brighter. The sharper and newer the house looks, the more potential buyers you will attract. Considering you can get a quality gallon of paint between $30 and $60 this is an easy, inexpensive way to make your home look bigger and brighter than it did before.

2. Put Away Personal Items

Clearing away all the clutter and putting away personal items makes it easier for potential buyers walking through your home to visualize it as their own home. Make your space “neutral” as possible by putting away personal mementos such as kids’ ribbons/sports trophies, family pictures, etc. so your space is friendlier to people walking through during your home’s showing. This allows the potential buyer to visualize the space as their own rather than someone else’s house full of their memories and personal items.

3. Clear The Clutter

Clearing out the clutter makes space look bigger and helps the buyer think they are getting more square footage for their money. Removing all personal stuff such as the stack of mail that has piled up on the counter or the kid’s toys that are usually scattered around the living room can help open up your space and make it look larger. Staging your home with kids can be tough, but this is a great way to make the home look more spacious and clean!

4. Ensure That Everything In Your Home Works

This may seem pretty obvious, but ensuring that everything in your home works is another key to selling your home. Showing your potential buyers that your home is in excellent and working condition means there is less they have to fix when they move in. Ensuring everything works implies everything from your showers and dishwasher to your stove and oven to your toilets and sinks run, work, and operate smoothly. Allowing potential buyers to test everything from faucets to showers to appliances in your home will allow them to leave in good faith that everything works and the home they are getting is in good working condition.

5. Replace Burned-Out Light Bulbs

Replacing burned out light bulbs with working bulbs with appropriate wattage allows you to ensure that your home is adequately lit. This can help potential buyers see your home as a cheery, inviting, and welcoming space with great lighting which makes the home more appealing and helps it seem more “move-in ready.”

6. Clean the Floors

Ensure that your floors are clean. Sweep and vacuum to help get up any pet hair or other debris that may be on the floor. Remove smudge marks from tile, shampoo your carpets, and clean your hardwood floors. Be sure to clean floors between viewings too as shoes and footprints can be left on the floor and can leave a bad impression on the people who come through the second, third, etc. day of showings.

7. Consider Staining or Painting Cabinets

Staining or painting cabinets that are otherwise out of date can help your kitchen and bathrooms look more up-to-date without spending more than about $200 on the stain or paint to change the color of the cabinets. This can be much less expensive than ripping out, replacing, and installing all new cabinets all of which may take days or several weeks to complete.

8. Clean Your Bathrooms

Be sure that your bathrooms are clean and in tip-top shape. There is nothing worse than a sink full of hair, toothpaste stains, or a shower that hasn’t been cleaned in years when you are showing your home. Please put away some of the things that are part of everyday life that gross some folks out. Spend a few extra minutes to ensure your bathrooms are clean.

These are just a few great tips to ensure that your home is in tip-top shape when you are staging it to ensure that you can get the best price out of your home when you are ready to sell. Keeping your home in great shape for a showing can help you get the premium price your home deserves and help it sell in a prompt, timely manner.

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