Staging a home to sell is one of the cheapest ways to get it sold quickly. I’m amazed at how many photos I see of cluttered, dark homes filled with oversized furniture and knick knacks. You want your home to feel larger than it is, and the two ways to do that are to have lots of open space and plenty of light. Fortunately, space and light are absolutely free!
Although decluttering is free, spending a bit of money on staging can take your home to the next level. With just a few items, you can enhance that light, bright, and spacious feeling in your home. Here are some tried and true staging essentials.
Sheer, white curtains neutralize and enhance any window. Replace any heavy or room-darkening drapes with these simple ones and you’ll see an immediate difference. IKEA has always been my go-to for window treatments, since they are so inexpensive and all of their options are 98 inches long, so I can mount them nice and high on the wall. At under $10 a set, Vivan curtains are a really cheap way to get a high-end look.
A natural rug goes with any decor and can serve lots of purposes for a seller. First, it can really tie a room together, especially in an open floor plan. Second, it can help neutralize loud wall-to-wall carpeting. And finally, adding different textures to a room creates a luxurious look. Always choose textures over patterns when staging. This jute rug from RugsUSA is a perfect choice, and you can get a really large size for under $200–a great deal!
A few potted plants around the house make things seem fresh and lively. You can have too much of a good thing here, though! Stick to one medium to large plant per room–not a bunch of little ones. And fresh flowers in a vase are a great addition as well, but stay away from artificial arrangements (unless they’re super convincing) and dried flowers, which can seem dowdy to some people. For about $30, you can pick up one of the trendiest houseplants, the fiddle leaf fig, from any Home Depot or Lowes.
Finally, a cute welcome mat can not only dress up a front porch, but it can also encourage buyers to wipe their feet before entering your super-clean, show-ready home. I love this cute option from Amazon.