Staging a House? 5 Budget Ideas that Buyers Will Love

Story Highlights
  • 1 - Get free advice
  • 2 - Don’t rent a storage unit
  • 3 - Use the 1 liter of paint rule
  • 4 - Raise the roof
  • 5 - Bed-in-a-bag

You might be wrestling with the idea of staging your house and you might be wondering whether it is worth all the effort.

You have done the calculations and renting new furniture or a home stager will definitely break the bank.

Is it really necessary to stage the house during a sale?

The answer is a definite yes!

Don’t be discouraged by the calculations you have made; you can have a beautiful show house and avoid falling into financial despair.

Here are some tips that you can use whilst prepping your house for a showing:

1 – Get free advice

The best advice is free advice and luckily people love giving it away.

Get your real estate agent involved and pick their very knowledgeable brain on how to create a budget show house without making it look cheap. With all their experience, they will definitely be able to assist you.

Most agents will point out to furnish only the main rooms, such as the living room, dining room, and family room. They almost always insist on skipping the bedrooms, except if they are oddly-shaped and you need to highlight certain features.

2 – Don’t rent a storage unit

Experienced real estate agents will tell you immediately to declutter your home and to do a proper spring cleaning before showcasing your house.

This is the cheapest way to make your home look clean and neat, and it will only cost you your time.

They do warn against renting a storage unit, however. These can be very expensive and go against your budget show house.

Rather opt for another alternative like storing your unwanted items in the garage, at a friend or family member’s place, or selling it to make extra cash.

3 – Use the 1 liter of paint rule

By now someone should have already told you that you need to give your home a fresh coat of paint and stick to neutral tones in rooms.

If you haven’t gotten around to doing that, fear not. Experts have noted that just one liter of paint could change the game completely.

Many people just add a pop of colour to a room in order to accentuate its features. If all the walls are white, why not paint one of them a warm red?

Is your fireplace or window completely lost in the same colour walls? Paint the wall behind it and watch it transform!

4 – Raise the roof

No, not in a party-sense, although those are fun, too.

Older homes usually have lower ceilings and this benefits the room by adding vertical lines to it.

In order to complement this, you can cut wild foliage and place them in a narrow vase. Be sure that it is the right size; about 2m would be perfect. 

Another great trick is to add draperies from a ceiling mount rod in order to give the room a bit of a lift.

5 – Bed-in-a-bag

Even though experts do say that the bedroom should not be totally overhauled, you do need to make it look neat and tidy.

The sheets and duvet that you sleep on usually look like you are sleeping on them, so it would be a good idea to remove them.

A cheap and easy way to replace them is by buying a bed-in-a-bag ensemble. These bags come with sheets, pillowcases, and blankets.

Experts have also noted that using matching linen as curtains is a great way to showcase the bedroom without going out and buying matching curtains.

Following these relatively quick’n’easy couple of tricks, you will be able to have a beautiful show house at minimal cost!

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