Home Staging on the Cheap

Staging your home isn't for the Rich... It's for the motivated. There are many things that you can do to get your home ready to be placed on the market. Here are my Top 8.


It's funny. When I talk about home staging with some of my clients I get a look of fear and sometimes even a comment similar to "home staging if only for the 'high rollers.'" It's even funnier though when I mention home staging to a guy... 

Staging your home isn't for the rich or even the creative women... In fact, it's something that everybody should do when they go through the home selling process. 

Think about it like this... (did you put your thinking cap on?)

As we head into the "prime selling season" do you want your home to be seen or do you want your home to be sold? 

If you are thinking about selling your home this summer you mine as well start now. There are some very basic and minor things that you can do to help the rooms in your home appears larger, cleaner and fresher. Today's buyer wants to purchase a home in "move-in condition." Move-in condition means that all they have to do is move their crap into the home and live there. Today's buyer doesn't want to deal with painting, replacing carpet or even updating the kitchen.

Here are my Top 8 Home Staging Tips.

1) White is out. Neutrals are in... Try Sherwin Williams Practical Beige.

2) Curb appeal is huge... Green Grass + Manicured lawn + Fresh Mulch = Beautiful.

3) Divide and Conquer... Pick a room and make 3 piles of stuff. Pile 1 - Things you never use. Pile 2 - Things you sometimes use. Pile 3 - Things you always use. Only Pile 3 is allowed to go back in the room. Pile 1 goes to Goodwill and Pile 2 gets packed away.

4) Keep it clean and keep it large... I'm talking about your counter space. You know those things that your counter top sits on, you know those cabinets... put everything in there. Keep your counters clean and open so the appearance is that there is a ton of room.

5) The Bathrooms must appear to be large and clean. If you don't need it, hide it. Yes, that means that after you get ready in the morning you move all your "product" off the counter.

6) Buy a welcome mat that says "Welcome Home" and put it in front of the door that people will walk in for the first time.

7) Use Mirrors. Put some mirrors on the walls. This will help the buyer "see" themselves in the home.

8) Less is more. Plain and simple.

Of course, there are other things that you should be doing to help your home sell faster and for the most amount of money possible but this is a good start. If you want my complete list, you'll have to call me at 440-794-1450. 

For other tips on how you can stage your home and get it ready for prime selling season, call Rich Ganim - Cleveland's Real Estate Guy at 440-794-1450 or visit him online at www.RichGanim.com. 

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Robby Zettler May 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Or call me, Robby Zettler (216-228-2348) I am a Lakewood Interior Designer and Real Estate Stager with a showroom at 15220 Madison Ave. I have helped many people sell their homes. I have my own inventoryy for vacant homes
B Veronica June 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I work in the real estate business too. Just wanted to add that adding mirrors should be "framed" mirrors and not walls mirrored permanently. That screams 1980's and they are not easy to remove.
Leah Gilbert July 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Need more suggestions and tips to stage your home? Call me at 216-752-0752 or email me at leahgilbert@sbcglobal.net and let me offer you a complimentary consultation. "Set the Stage" is my business and I will work with what you have to keep costs down and visually enhance your property to attract the most potential buyers. Thank you!
tom m July 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
and one final tip, If your house has appeared on a episode of hoarders .....none of these people will be able to help you


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