So you’re putting your house on the market and you’ve heard that staged homes sell faster and fetch higher prices than un-staged ones, but you don’t have the cash to hire a stager. What do you do? Here are a few easy and inexpensive ways to do your own staging to get a professional look without emptying your pocketbook.

Clear Away the Clutter

The purpose of staging your home is to help potential buyers imagine themselves living there. If your home is full of clutter the only thing that they will see is your life, and not the one that they can create.

So clear away the clutter to give buyers a blank canvas. Empty out closets to showcase their spaciousness. Pare down busy bookcases. Reduce clutter in drawers and cabinets. Clear kitchen and bathroom countertops. You want your home to look as spacious as possible so remove and store away as much as you can, especially knickknacks and other personal effects. Remember that the house is the star, not your personal décor.

When clearing the clutter don’t forget the garage.

Use Neutral Paints on Walls

A new coat of paint can go a long way toward updating and freshening-up the look of your home. Neutrals are ideal because they aren’t overpowering or overly specific. When choosing colors, opt for khakis and greys to keep rooms feeling open, airy, and bright.

Give Spaces a Point of View

While you don’t want your home to reflect your specific tastes, you still need to give buyers an idea of how certain spaces can be used. Set up a spare bedroom as an office. Highlight a breakfast bar with a few place settings. Turn a window seat into a reading nook. Organize tools in a garage to create a workshop space. Accent a porch or patio with select pieces of outdoor furniture.

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