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10 Inexpensive Staging and Decorating Secrets

Think that the little things don’t make a difference? Think that you need to spend a lot of money to make your home look great? Well, it’s the little things that do make the difference between your home attracting attention on MLS and getting showings or sitting on the market for a long time…and those little touches don’t have to be expensive.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Besides the obvious de-cluttering, de-personalizing, and cleaning from top to bottom, don’t forget to replace caulking around tubs and sinks and fix leaky faucets. Cleaning or replacing tile grout is important also.
  • One thing I hate to see is a “dead bed”. Beds don’t need to be a showcase but they should make a bedroom look inviting and relaxing, especially in a master. Adding a bed skirt and some nice bedding can be done fairly reasonably, and don’t forget some nice cushions to primp it up.
  • Remove dark, dated curtains (and bedding) and replace them with something light, airy, and fresh. This includes shower curtains as well. (Keep shower curtains open to make the space appear larger.)
  • Wall hangings and colorful accessories can be purchased at second-hand stores, yard sales, etc. and can make a room look so much more inviting.
spare room In this photo, we transformed an empty space into a lovely guest room by borrowing a Queen size BYOB, adding bedding from Frenchy’s, a cushion from Walmart, wall hangings and a lamp purchased from a used furniture store, spare end table from another room, and some accessories on hand…all for under $80.
  • Towels are another cheap fix. They can add color and interest, and dress up a bathroom in an instant.
  • Paint colors can make or break a sale. Use warm, neutral colors such as beige or grey. Even repainting a single solid wall can make a huge difference. In these photos, you see how much larger and brighter the dining area looks after painting the end wall (using leftover paint from another room to keep costs down).
  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that will best sell your home and bring you the highest ROI. Painting dated cabinets, adding a backsplash, replacing worn countertops and broken tiles, and even the simplest move of updating the hardware can make a big impact.
  • Lighting is imperative. Make sure all bulbs are in good working order and there is sufficient light in each space.
  • Adding fresh (or silk) flowers or fruit is a great way to spruce up a space without breaking the bank.
  • And last, but certainly not least, make sure you maximize your curb appeal by trimming bushes, raking lawns, and mulching gardens. Painting the front door and/or trim can make a huge impact for little cost. Adding seasonal urns is another way to brighten up a front entry.

Contact me today for a consultation to get a personalized detailed report to help you make the most of your space for minimum cost and get the best return on your investment.

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