Home Staging on a Budget

home stagingWhen you are trying to sell your home, it is important to make it appear as spacious and inviting as possible. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on a professional home stager, many homeowners opt to stage their homes themselves. If you decide to go this route, here’s how to staging your home on the cheap.

In order to make the space look as large as possible, you should remove all extraneous furniture.  Using an online self-storage finder, you can find affordable local storage for these items. In all likelihood, your home will be off the market in a month or two, so self-storage should not be a considerable expenditure.

If your furniture is not particularly appealing, you may want to rent some more attractive items from CORT furniture rental or purchase clearance furniture. Placing that dilapidated bed frame in self-storage and renting a more lavish bed for a couple months may be an extremely cost effective strategy in the long run.

It is also a good idea to purchase flower baskets and generic cooking books for the bathrooms and kitchen, respectively.  Also, scented candles and modest soap baskets can also add nice touches to bathrooms.

No matter what, it’s vital that you depersonalize your home. Remove all personal hygiene products from bathrooms, all children’s artwork and family photographs from bedrooms, and book and movie collections from living rooms. Although it may seem excessive, even little things like monogrammed towels should be removed from sight.

Generally speaking, you want your home to look like a luxury hotel room – minimalist, yet comfortable and inviting. Rather than hiring a professional home stager, by utilizing self-storage and furniture rental, you can showcase your home at a relatively low price.

John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.