How to Effectively Stage Your Home on a Budget
Whether you’re looking to downsize to a more manageable living situation or you’ve found a home that better aligns with your needs, selling your home is a lot of work. But beyond the standard fixes and touchups, staging your home is an important step in getting top dollar from your home.
However, staging your home can be difficult, and if you’re short on cash, to stage a home on a budget is even harder. Fortunately, Acorn Mini Storage has you covered with our following guide on how to best prepare for a home stage, as well as your options for dealing with furniture in the meantime.
How to Stage Your Home
You don’t need to stage your home with brand new furniture or hire a staging company. In fact, you can accomplish the majority of staging your home by yourself, which will help you save money.
Clean and Declutter Your Home
First thing’s first: you need to clean and declutter your spaces. Top to bottom, you must clean and organize every corner of your home, including closets, pantries, cabinets, and sometimes entire rooms. This way, potential buyers know exactly what they should expect in terms of the space they’re buying. In fact, leaving about a quarter of all your space open and empty is considered a practical standard, so buyers can imagine what the rest of the space would look like once your items are gone.
The idea is to make your home as presentable as you can. As much as possible, deep clean everything.
Spruce Up Your Home
Many decorators agree that inoffensive, neutral colors are best for appealing to the general public, though you’re mostly just looking to eliminate distracting, divisive colors that dominate a space. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Aside from complete makeovers, you should take the time to touch up spots where the paint might be chipping or old.
It’s tempting to overdo it after a certain point and go overboard with moving things and changing things that your home’s appeal actually backfires. A couple of tasteful additions like a bowl of fruit on a centerpiece and a vase of flowers is more than enough. To stage your home beyond that can be distracting and inauthentic, though you’ll want to be mindful of the space you have to work with.
You can also increase the appeal of a home just by making it smell better. It should obviously smell clean (if you have pets, do your best to mitigate the smells associated with them), but to ensure the best for your potential buyers, you can invest in an aerosol or neutralizing candles as inexpensive options for improving your home’s scent.
Clear Up Space with Affordable Storage
Since you’re trying to stage your home on a budget, it wouldn’t make much sense to buy a whole new set of furniture. But if you have particularly old or dirty furniture, you may want to try and appeal to friends to see if any of them will let you borrow something more suited to staging your home.
In that case, what can you do with your current furniture? It’s easy: Acorn Mini Storage comes prepared with several different, affordable storage options to accommodate your moving needs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Staging a home is already stressful enough, you don’t need the added burden of figuring out where to keep your belongings that are both safe and clean.
With month-to-month leases, climate controlled storage options, and more, we make it easy to temporarily store your furniture when you need to—whether it’s for staging or something else. Contact us today to get started!