Have you heard of home staging? Basically, it’s the practice of getting your house ready for sale by making it look as appealing as possible to potential buyers. It can include anything from rearranging furniture to repainting rooms and more. The idea is that if your house looks its best, you’ll get more money for it.
But hiring a pro to stage your home can be expensive—and who needs that extra expense right now? You’re just trying to sell your house, not make a movie set!
Here are some tips for staging your home on a budget:
1. Make your own artwork
If you have a collection of old postcards or photographs, turn them into a gallery wall to add interest to your space—and show off what you love. You don’t even have to use frames! Just use glue dots or washi tape to stick them to the wall. (This is also a great way to decorate a dorm room.)
2. Use large-format pieces of fabric in place of art
If you do have big empty walls that need some decoration, don’t feel like you have to spend money on expensive canvases or framed posters. Instead, hang up something that means something to you—like an old flannel shirt, concert t-shirt, or even a blanket!
3. Hang curtains higher than usual
Hanging curtains higher can make any room look bigger and more open—plus it can add drama and make your ceilings look taller. You can hang them at the very top of the window, or go farther up the wall and get that “tall and spacious” look.
In the end, it’s important to remember that home staging can’t do your job for you. You need to take the time to plan out how you want the space to look, and you need to take any necessary steps—both inside and outside the home—to ensure that your potential buyer is impressed with everything that this space can offer.