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11 Home Staging Tips That You Can Do Without Hiring A Pro

You don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to hire a professional home stager when you can do it yourself at a fraction of the price. Kelly Killoren Bensimon is a Douglas Elliman real estate agent and star of The Real Housewives of New York. She’s an expert in home staging and helps clients with tips when selling your home.

She says that a few easy and inexpensive hacks can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. You can also have fun with the whole process.

Below are the tips of Catalina Castano, an interior designer from New York City, and Bensimon.

1. Make a great impression

Castano states that the first impression is everything. Therefore, it is crucial to keep your home’s exterior as welcoming as its interior. You can paint the front door with a new coat of paint or place plants along the sides. 

She says that plants are a great way to increase curb appeal. Pick a planter that is simple, clean, and matches your home’s style. But make sure it’s large enough to be visible from the street.

She recommends that you use a single flower, such as a Hydrangea, to maximize impact. Keep your windows and lawn mowed.

2. Paint your floors

Bensimon says that giving your floors a coat of paint will make them look brand new. She follows the same advice for floors that need to be repainted in her SoHo apartment.

She says that she has seen clients spend $50,000 to redo their floors to sell their houses. However, a high-gloss painting can have a similar effect. It’s elegant and chic. Use ultra-high gloss paint to get extra-shiny floors. Add a few area rugs.

staging with mirrors

3. overload the mirrors

Bensimon suggests that you cover one wall of your living room with IKEA peel-and-stick mirrors. They can open up the space and make it appear twice as big. They add depth to the room and bring out brightness.

Bensimon states that “Light, bright and beautiful are the big buzzwords when it comes to selling apartments” and mirrors accomplish exactly that.

4. Reduce the furniture in your living room

Sell or store bulky furniture that is too heavy or too many chairs in your living area. Castano states that this furniture can make the space appear smaller. If the furniture is too small, it can make the space look cluttered. 

You need to find a balance. Make sure to clean stained pieces. Castano states that the living room should be comfortable to allow buyers to visualize themselves in it.

5. A minimalist kitchen is possible

The kitchen is often the heart and soul of a home. However, it should not look cluttered or shabby when trying to sell it. Take everything off the countertops and the table, including the food. Display a bowl of lemons.

Bensimon states that lemons are a favorite of buyers because they have a certain appeal. A tip: If you place a slice of lemon in the sink, your kitchen will smell wonderful for hours.

6. Each space should be defined

Castano states that most people have trouble visualizing so make it easy to help buyers define each space. You can clean out a space that you are using for storage, but also for guest rooms, to make it more functional.

You can sell the room as a guest bedroom by removing any boxes and buying a headboard with a clean liner. All these touches make the room more inviting for potential buyers.

Large pillows on couch

7. Large pillows can be used to decorate your couch

Big pillows create volume in a room. Avoid loud patterns on throw pillows. Monochromatic colors such as orange, pink, yellow, and yellow work well. Home Goods has a wide selection of pillows at an affordable price.

8. Take out personal photos

Your home should be free from any photos of your family or children’s artwork. Bensimon states that potential buyers won’t be able to take you down memory lane. They want to create their home. You can remove the photos from your walls and side tables and replace them with coffee table books, candles, or landscape images.

9. Transform bedrooms into hotel rooms

Bensimon suggests that you try to recreate the atmosphere of a hotel when decorating your bedroom. This means that less is more, so use white sheets and pillows. Bensimon states that white creates a cleaner aesthetic. “A single bright pillow is all you need.” Apply the same principle to bathrooms, and choose white towels.

You should also get rid of any perfume bottles, cans of razor cream, toothbrushes, and other cosmetics that are on the counters in your bathrooms. They’re distracting.

staging home office

10. Take out all furniture except the essentials

The better way to stage space is to have less furniture. The furniture should not be too cluttered or difficult to move around. In most cases, a desk, chair, and an area rug work well in a home office. A bookcase or storage unit can be used to balance out a larger space. You can take out any extra items that you don’t need before you sell, but make sure they are neutral in color and the surfaces are clear of clutter.

11. Don’t stuff your closets and drawers.

Prospective buyers will look through your closets and drawers. You can declutter your closets and drawers by moving as many items to storage. Also, fold your clothes neatly. Sort your clothes by style, and keep the same hanger in all your closets.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is an option for the back wall. Castano states that it adds luxury to the space without having to spend a lot.