Home Staging: 7 Cost-Effective Ways to Add Style for a Quick Sale

Home Staging

It’s frustrating when you put your home on the market, and it just sits there without any offers. It ruins your plans to move and takes a toll on your ego. You may be wondering, “What am I doing wrong?” The answer may be that your home needs a little sprucing up. Home staging makes your home look its best to appeal to buyers and sell quickly. The good news is that it can be cheap. Here are seven tips.

Decorate With Flowers

Flowers are inexpensive and eco-friendly. They add color and life to any room, making it look more inviting. Place a vase of fresh flowers on your dining room table, coffee table, or kitchen counter. 

Spruce up the living room with a floral arrangement. You can even put flowers in the bathroom and kitchen. Are you wondering where to find fresh, unique blooms straight from the farm? Check out online flower delivery services with an excellent reputation and positive reviews.

Hanging flowers on the walls is another way to add life to your home. Buy inexpensive floral tapestries or wall art, or create your own with high quality picture rails. All you need is some fabric, batting, and a frame. Remember to hand baskets of flowers to buyers as they leave your home after a showing. It creates a lasting impression.

Live Plants in Every Room

Plants not only add color and life to a room but purify the air. Place a small plant on your nightstand, coffee table, or desk. Put a larger plant in the corner of the room or group several plants together to make a statement. Focus more on rooms visitors will see, such as the living room, dining room, and entryway.

A pot of green plants by the front door creates a welcoming look. Choose plants with lovely fragrances, such as jasmine, lavender, or rosemary. Go on to plant them in pots and place them around.


Extend this exercise outdoors by placing potted plants on your porch or patio. If you have a green thumb, opt for a garden. It improves curb appeal and makes your home more inviting. 

Choose plants that are indigenous to your area and require little maintenance. As you do this, repair or fix any unsightly spots in your yard, such as cracks in the driveway or chipped paint on the front door. Clean up any debris and mow the lawn.

Brighten The Space

No one wants to live in a dark and dreary home. Unfortunately, many homes on the market have poor lighting. This is often due to heavy draperies, dark paint colors, and insufficient light fixtures. However, you can brighten your home without spending much.

Start by replacing heavy draperies with lighter ones that let in more light. Go for warm, neutral colors such as beige, ivory, and white. Add a pop of color with sheer curtains. If you have blinds, open them to let in more light.

Next, consider repainting your walls. Go for light and bright colors such as cream, light gray, or white. If you have dark wood paneling, paint it as well. Doing this brightens up the space and makes it look more modern.

Finally, replace old light fixtures with new ones. Choose ones that are bright and airy. Keep the blades clean and in good condition, if you have a ceiling fan. Dusty ones make a room look dark and dingy.

Add a Mirror in Every Room

Mirrors reflect light and make a space look brighter and more extensive. They’re also quite versatile. Use them to add depth, create an illusion of more space, or brighten up a room.

An excellent option is to place a mirror opposite a window to reflect light and make the room look brighter. You can also set a mirror across a piece of art to create an illusion of more space. If you have a small entryway, place one on the wall to make it look larger.

Get Rid of Clutter

One of the quickest and easiest ways to make your home more inviting is to get rid of clutter. It makes a space look smaller dirty and unkempt. Go through each room and remove anything you don’t need or use. This includes old clothes, expired food, unused furniture, and knick-knacks. 

Donate or sell items you no longer need. Put away any out-of-season clothes and declutter your closet. Remember to declutter your countertops, shelves, and other surfaces. Store away anything that doesn’t belong in the room.

Once you’ve decluttered, keep it that way. Put away items when not using them, and resist the urge to buy new things you don’t need. A decluttered home will feel more inviting and welcoming.

Rearrange the Furniture

You may be used to your furniture; however, there may be better ways to organize it. You’ll be surprised at how different your home looks when rearranging the furniture. It might make your home more inviting, brighten the space, and allow better traffic flow.

Create a focal point in each room and arrange the furniture around it. For example, set the sofa in front of the fireplace in the living room. In your bedroom, place the bed in the center of the room and arrange other furniture around it.

If you have a small bedroom, place your bed against the wall to create more space. There should be at least two feet of space between pieces of furniture. Doing this will make your home more inviting and prevent cramping.

Depersonalize The Space

Your home should be a reflection of your personality. However, depersonalize the space when selling. Remove family photos, personal mementos, and anything considered offensive. It isn’t easy if your home is full of such; pack and put them away until you move. Potential buyers will easily visualize themselves in your home if it’s not full of personal items.

Even Small Changes Count

Note that the more the property stays in the market, the more it depreciates. You also halt all other plans you might have, like moving to a new location or getting another investment property. Updating your house makes it more marketable and saves you a lot of headaches. You don’t have to spend much money on the update; even small changes can make a big difference. 

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