Low and Cost-Free Home Staging Tips
2. Color Block Your Books. Add instant style to your home by color-coding your bookshelves. Group books together by their spine color to create a dramatic effect on your shelves. Color blocked books could be almost as striking as a great piece of modern art.
3. Skip the Flowers. A few blooming branches in a glass vase with water can be just as striking as an expensive bouquet from the florist. I often use magnolia, forsythias and dogwood branches when they are in bloom.
4. Style Your Coffee Table. Start with something large and wonderful in the middle, like an arrangement in an interesting pot or a huge bowl filled with something interesting. Then build out from that, such as a stack of books, candles, sculpture and pottery.
5. Set the Table. Give potential buyers a sneak peek of life as a host in your home. Simply lay out cloth napkins, wineglasses and solid plates in the dining room. As for a kitchen island or breakfast table, opt for matching mugs and bowls to inspire the feel of the family meal. Remember; make your kitchens look as clean and spacious as possible. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter!
6. Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors. Strategically placed mirrors, like at the end of a dim hallway, in a room with little natural daylight, or a space challenged room, will not only reflect more light but will make rooms appear more spacious. Place a mirror across from a window and you will instantly double the amount of daylight you are getting in the room. Check out your local thrift stores for mirrors on the cheap.
7. Let the Sun Shine In. Open the blinds and/or curtains. Lighting is very important when showing your home.
8. Threes a Crowd. Try to be absent during your showings.
9. Make Necessary Small Repairs. Minor flaws detract from your home’s value. Clean and caulk bathtubs and showers. Make drywall repairs. Fix leaky faucets, squeaky doors, torn window screens, light bulbs replaced and working, windows that won’t open, cracked tiles, loose railings, broken steps.
10. Fresh Paint. White for walls. Period. White not only makes everything look new but also makes rooms seem bigger. Pick a warm one with no gray, blue, or green undertones. Glass of Milk by Sherwin Williams and Decorators White by Benjamin Moore are two favorites. Keep the color scheme light and neutral.
11. Paint Your Front Door. This sends a message that your home is well cared for. Red or light blue on a white house or try yellow or lime green on a tan or brown home. No matter what color you choose, paint the trim around the door white to make it stand out. Consider getting a new doorknob or knocker for the front door. Buy a new doormat.
12. Six Personal Photos Max. You may have a cute family, but when people are looking at a house, they don’t want to see pictures of you. A few current pictures on a shelf or wall are fine, but replace the others with simple art or keep the space bare.
13. Curb Appeal. Make sure the front of the house is clean. Spruce up your landscaping. Take an honest look at the landscaping in your neighborhood. Yours should look at least as good as everyone else's. Besides mowing and edging, get rid of weeds and any dead or dying plants.