Matt Olson

Apr 07 2014

4 Inexpensive Ways to Stage Your Home

Inexpensive Ways to Stage Your Home

If you are in the process of selling your home here are a few inexpensive tips to help sell your home faster and increase its perceived value. Keep in mind your home is no longer about you and your tastes, so it’s important to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and remember you’re staging, not redecorating.

  1. Curb Appeal

    The outside of your home is the first impression potential buyers will have. If your home looks shabby and unkempt on the outside, potential buyers may not even consider looking into your home any further. Make sure sidewalks and siding are power-washed, mow the lawn and seed areas as needed, stain and seal your deck, and plant blooming flowers or plants. You can even place solar lights strategically up the walkway or around flower beds, and leave your porch lights on while you’re selling in case potential buyers drive by.

  2. Clean, Clean, Clean—Even Closets and Cupboards

    You want your home to sparkle. Scrub baseboards, window frames, under furniture, appliances, and grout. Shampoo carpets and clean window treatments. Leave no area uncleaned. Potential home buyers are going to look in your closets and cupboards, so be sure to remove excess items and store them elsewhere. By reducing the number of items you keep in the cupboards and closets, you create a look of spaciousness.

    As you are cleaning, reduce the clutter in your home. Now is the time to sort, donate, and throw away items you no longer need or want. You will want to pack up a large majority of your home and have a few quality items left for the staging. Ask a friend or family member to come to your house and give a second opinion on what should stay and what should go.

  3. Neutralize Your Space

    You want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home. Even if you love your lime green walls, your potential buyers may not. Neutral paint colors are more versatile for buyers, but that doesn’t mean it has to be white. Paint your walls cream, beige, soft brown, or grey, which are neutral colors that will go with almost any décor preferences of potential buyers. De-personalize your space by removing family photos, religious/cultural items, and club associations from plain view so as not to distract potential buyers.

  4. Home Repairs

    Do you have a list of unfinished projects that you meant to get to but never did? Now is the time to get those repairs done. Sidewalk cracks, dents in the drywall, cracked tiles, or broken door handles are red flags for home buyers. Plus, if these items are not fixed, buyers may ask you to deduct it from the asking price.

The purpose of staging your home is to make it inviting to a large number of potential buyers. By adding curb appeal, cleaning and removing clutter, neutralizing your space, and making repairs, your home will appeal to more buyers and hopefully reduce listing time on the market. What are other ideas have you used to stage your home? Share them in the comments below.

Matt Olson

About Matt Olson

Matt Olson is Vice President, Mortgage Lending at Coralville's location at 1009 2nd Street. He has been at Hills Bank since 2004 helping customers with home purchases and refinancing needs. Matt can be reached at

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