Staged on a Budget: How to Sell Your Home Without Spending a Lot

Sometimes, you have to spend money to make money. This is often true when selling your home. Here are some affordable ways to make your home extra appealing to prospective homebuyers when they come to see your property without blowing your budget.

Use Rental Furniture

For a low fee, you can rent individual furniture items or an entire roomful of furnishings. Pick out attractive, stylish furniture that will add glamor to your house. You can rent the items by the week or month until your home sells. When staging a home, you only need to dress up a few main rooms for homebuyer shopping: the kitchen, living room, or family room, for example. The rental associate may be able to recommend furniture selections that will optimize your home’s appearance.

Buy Secondhand Props

If most of your furniture is in good condition, shop for a few props that will add personality or style to your house. Retro floor lamps, traditional window valances, or a hand-carved chest for the bedroom add exciting nuances to various rooms. Just make sure the purchased pieces go with the rest of the furniture and your home’s overall design. You can enhance a room’s ambiance by adjusting the lighting or removing older furniture that lacks appeal and replacing it with a few period pieces that will spark interest.

Emphasize the Accents

Your house may look fine with its current furnishings but you can bring out its hidden highlights with a few soft touches. A handmade quilt mounted on the wall or a pair of unique bookends on the fireplace mantel can work wonders. Add a couple of potted plants or some interesting wall decor to make your home memorable to prospective buyers. Dress up existing features of interest like a built-in bookshelf or a kitchen nook to set your home apart from the others that buyers will see.

Take Out a Home Loan

If your house needs more staging effects, apply for a home loan to cover the cost. You probably won’t need much to paint a few rooms or an area rug. Home loans are designed especially for home improvements and updates. Explain your plan and budget to the lender and provide required information to get your loan approved as quickly as possible.

Make the most of your house before putting it up for sale. A clean, well-maintained, stylish home can attract a multitude of buyers. With luck, it might even launch a bidding war.


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