6 Simple Yet Effective Home Staging Ideas Under $40

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

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When you go to sell, give me the chance to earn your listing. You won't be sorry. My name is Michelle. I am here to exceed your expectations in real estate. Until then, here are some great ideas on getting the best bang for your staging buck:

Roll Out a Welcome Mat. “First impressions are everything when selling your home,” Barronton says. Plus, prospective buyers usually linger by the front door before the real esta​​te agent opens a home for viewing—so an enticing entrance is key. The best bang for your staging buck? A new welcome mat, which can cost as little as $15. “A fresh, modern mat—selected in the style of your home—convinces the buyer to see more,” Barronton says. A little bit of green by the front door also goes a long way. “I recommend adding fresh plants to an entry area, which will signal to the buyer that the home is well cared for,” she says.

Mount Mirrors in Strategic Spots. Even the most handsome of homes have one: that dim hallway or small space where natural light goes to die. Your spruce-up solution: Hang a few mirrors. “They add extra light to rooms that look dark, and make rooms appear spacious,” explains Barronton. Bonus tip: Mirrors pack extra punch when placed next to—or directly across from—a window, since they’ll pull in more sun. But instead of simply slapping a big mirror on the wall, bring a real wow factor to a room by artfully arranging mini mirrors of all shapes and sizes. “Collages of small mirrors are very inexpensive to buy at home or discount stores,” Barronton says. “And when placed together, they’ll appear to double the size of a space.”

Set Tables and Serving Areas for Entertaining. Happy is the home that’s filled with friends, food and laughter. So give potential buyers a sneak peek of life as a host in your home—by setting the scene. “When I stage properties, we always set the tables and bar areas,” Barronton says. “It shows the property is primed for entertaining.” And it doesn’t have to be a fancy setup: Simply lay out cloth napkins, wineglasses and solid plates in the dining room. As for a kitchen island or breakfast table, opt for matching mugs and bowls to inspire the feel of family meals.

Replace Personal Pics with Artwork. Over the years, you’ve turned your house into a home by filling it with portraits and other family mementos. But remember that you want prospective buyers to envision themselves living in your home. “And that’s really hard to do when pictures of you are everywhere,” Barronton says. So swap those personal pics hanging on your walls for canvas artworks. “They will show up well in listing photos, and also create a focal point for your home,” Barronton says. Plus, you can typically buy paintings of landscape scenes, modern shapes or floral motifs for less than $4