Stage Your Home On A Budget
Home Selling on a Budget Starts With the Exterior
First impressions count. That’s why your yard needs to be inviting. Trim back the bushes and trees, especially if they block views from the windows and make your home difficult to see from the street. Here are a few other low-cost curb appeal improvements that you can do for less than $200:
- Keep the lawn mowed, preferably on the diagonal.
- The color yellow sells. Plant yellow flowers such as marigolds along the walk or by the front door.
- Wash the exterior windows.
- Paint or replace the front door and buy new hardware.
- Power spray the house to get rid of dirt and cobwebs.
- Buy a new welcome mat for the front steps.
- >Paint or replace the mailbox.
- Buy a plaque displaying your house number and install near the entry.
- Wash or replace a front porch light fixture.
Remove Excess Clutter and Furniture
Many homes contain too much furniture. You may benefit from removing 2 to 3 pieces of furniture from each room. Less furniture will make the rooms appear bigger. You can pay about $100 a month to place the furniture into storage or simply stack it neatly in the garage for free.
Remove all personal photographs from tables and walls. Patch holes in the walls or hang non-personalized artwork over the existing nails. Clean out the closets and store non-essential items. Rearrange your kitchen pantry, kitchen cabinets and bedroom closets in an orderly manner.
Thoroughly Clean the House Before Selling
You can hire a professional cleaning crew for about $300 or do it yourself for free. Be sure to wash the inside of the windows.
- Rent a carpet steamer and clean the carpets. You may find they do not need to be replaced. Cost $30-$50.
- Dust the tops of your doorways and window frames.
- Polish all wood / ceramic flooring.
- Wash all light fixture coverings and ceiling fan blades.
- To give your home a more open feeling, consider removing a few doors that open into each other or otherwise block the flow of traffic.
Updating the Kitchen on a Budget
Kitchens are the most important room in the house. It’s the heart and soul of the home. Even if a buyer is not much of a cook, the kitchen is still where family and friends tend to gather.
- Re-grout any kitchen tiles and areas around the sink or counter where it’s discolored or pealing.
- For wood cabinets, stripping the finish and re-staining or painting will save you more money than re-surfacing the cabinets. Sometimes a good cleaning and de-greasing can make them look almost new.
- Buy new knobs and / or pulls for the cabinet doors. If you have 40 or so knobs on your kitchen cabinet, at a cost of about $2 per knob, your total outlay for new hardware will be about $80. New hardware will transform the appearance of your cabinets.
- Replace a worn kitchen faucet for about $25 to $40.
- Buy new kitchen sink basket strainers for less than $10 each.
Painting the Interior
Professional painters will probably charge you anywhere from $300 to $500 to paint each room, but with a little patience, you can paint the rooms yourself. This is not the time to get creative.
- Choose a soft color in a light brown tone (never white), and paint every room the same color.
- The painting will go faster if you paint the ceilings the same color, but ceilings really pop if they are a lighter color than the color of the walls. Lighter colors also make the ceilings appear higher.
- For a 10 x 10 room, you will need 2 one-gallon cans of eggshell paint. Each one-gallon can of paint should cost no more than $12-15.
- For the amount of money a professional painter will charge you to paint one room, you can probably paint the entire house yourself.
Freshening Bathrooms on a Budget
If you have wallpaper in the bathroom, it’s most likely peeling and should be removed. You can rent a steamer to remove the wallpaper or strip it yourself.
- Consider replacing the toilet and vanity, especially if they are stained or particularly outdated. A new toilet and vanity will cost less than $500, and it’s easy to replace a toilet.
- Buy a two-light wall fixture or a light bar for over the sink. Cost: About $150.
- If the tub is stained, hire a professional to refinish it. Cost: About $200 to $300.
- Replace water-stained shower doors or clean them with a lime dissolving detergent.
- Buy a new shower curtain and tie it back with ribbons.
- Hang fresh towels and lay down a new bath rug.
- Place scented candles near a basket of tightly rolled wash cloths to create a spa-like environment.
- Stash all personal items under the bathroom sink.
If spending any money at all is not an option most of the time a good cleaning, a little paint and some landscape work can still work wonders.
Contact one of our agents at Beaulieu Real Estate for more helpful tips on how to stage your home to sell on a budget.
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