Clean it up…maybe buy some paint.

How do I stage my house before I sell?

Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to spend a lot of money prepping your house for sale.

Yes, you want to make your house pop, but you can do that yourself by cleaning it up and doing some small repairs. Keep it simple, practical and most of all, smart.

Don’t Spend a Lot of Money When Staging a House to Sell…”

When you stage a home to sell, focus on the basics.

You would be surprised how much of a difference a good once over from top to bottom will make.

And, while you do not have to make your house smell like fresh baked cookies, I guess it couldn’t hurt.

You could hire someone, but in most cases you can do the cleaning yourself and save.

Likewise, don’t waste cash on massive remodels, upgrades or renting furniture to showcase your house. Use what you have and make it look as good as possible.

Click here to learn more about remodeling before you sell.

Here are some easy, inexpensive things you can do to stage a home that will improve your odds:

  • Clean it up. Mow the lawn, power-wash the windows and decks, clean the carpets.
  • Get rid of clutter. Box up knick knacks and donate or store unwanted items.
  • Fix obvious eye-sores. This includes dings, scratches and other minor repairs.
  • Improve your curb appeal. Look at your house from across the street and be objective.
  • Depersonalize the space. Remove excess family photos and mementos.

Home staging basics are all about making your house as inviting from the inside as it is from the outside.

Here is a short video about home staging and home improvements: