Save Money When Prepping Your Home

You probably already know by now that staging your home is a key element in quick home sale. After all, when you are listing your home for the first time, you want to make it ready to give the best first impression of your house you can. If your home is already in decent condition, then there is no need to make over the top updates or remodeling efforts. Staging your home does not have to break the bank. Here are a few suggestions to give your home a modern, clean look without putting a dent on your budget.


It is something very simple but can still be difficult, especially if you are still living in the house. Make sure that you are constantly cleaning and stay ready to show the house at any time and ensure that the highly trafficked areas get special attention.

Get Rid Of Clutter

Knick knacks and other ornaments result in smaller looking rooms, and very distinctive items can prevent buyers from imagining their own lives in your home. Take down the family portraits and refrigerator photos since you want buyers to dwell on their own futures, not your memories. Religious or cultural items should be put away for the time being as well.

Borrow Some Furniture

Smaller pieces of furniture might need to be moved out because they can look like clutter, especially if there is a lot of them. However you do not want to get rid of everything you still want the room to feel and look complete. Consider getting some things from family and friends while you are trying to sell the house. You can also find a lot of free, or inexpensive things, on Craigslist especially if you will haul it away.

Top coat hardwood floors instead of refinishing them.

In today’s market, home buyers love hardwood floors, so floors that are even in imperfect condition are seen as an upgrade over carpeted ones. Do not spend time refinishing the hardwood floor if it has lost its color or has developed some scratches. Consider lightly sanding the floor and then applying a top coat of finish to the area. In many cases, the finish is able to be applied within a day allowing overnight drying.

Paint Old Fixtures Black

If you have old looking outdoor fixtures you might want to think about painting them black. If you do a good job painting it will give the house a contemporary look without having to spend money on new light fixtures.

“Age” your Brass Fixtures.

Brass was really big decades ago, but now it just makes the house look old. But antique-style brass is becoming very popular so think about buying something to stain the brass instead of replacing them. There are things in most hardware stores that will allow you to give the brass fixtures an aged look.

Do Not Paint Every Room

If you have large rooms that are personalized you will probably want to repaint those rooms but if it is a child’s room or a small closet it can probably be left alone because that will not usually make or break a sale. These smaller projects can usually be left to the new buyer because those are typically the type of things that new buyers change anyway no matter what you do with the room. Keep your focus on repainting larger rooms and leave the smaller ones alone. Also if might be more cost effective if you just worry about painting the walls and leave the trim alone because this way you only have to buy one color of paint.