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Million Dollar Home Staging on a Budget

 

Sometimes you don’t have the money to hire someone to stage, or maybe you’ve run out of time and all the stagers are booked.

No problem. We have 15 tips that will transform your space while keeping that money in your pocket and get your home sold for TOP DOLLAR!


DECLUTTER, DE-CLUTTER, DEEEEE-CLUTTERRRRR!!!

Did you get that? It is IMPERATIVE that your buyers walk in and actually can see not only the size of the room, but are able to envision their things in it. It is near impossible to do this if you nic-nacs from the last 10 years are taking center stage. Still don’t know what we mean, then just look below.

Huge difference right? One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. If it seems hard to rid away of your things, just ask yourself what you can absolutely live without while trying to sell your home. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. The room looks BRIGHTER AND BIGGER! And guess what? Decluttering, while it’s no fun, is 100% free!! Yay!


FURNITURE GROUPINGS

 

There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.


DON’T GET “FURNITURE STUCK”

Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn’t mean it won’t look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. And try perching a little-used dining-room table in front of a pretty window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories, and press it into service as a beautiful writing desk or library table.


ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS

 

Sometimes the only guests that stayed in our guest room was drop off junk…and it stayed that way  and somehow you have a storage unit your house. Well when you go to resale, transform the room into something your buyer could envision themselves using. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot. Or drape fabric on the walls of your basement, lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor and toss in a few cushy pillows. Voila – a new meditation room or yoga studio.


LET THERE BE LIGHT!

 

One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. As it turns out, many of our homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).


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