Editors' Pick: Originally published Feb. 22.
If you've put your home on the market, you're probably hoping for two things: a quick sale and as much money as possible. Of course, to achieve those goals you have to impress potential buyers who stop in for a tour or view photos of your home online. Winning over picky house hunters will take a lot more than simply making the beds, vacuuming the living room and stashing your kids' toys in the closet, so it's time to pull out all the stops. That's where home staging comes in.
Home staging is a way of reorganizing and redesigning your home to prepare it for showings. The objective is to highlight your home's beauty and function to the fullest extent, but without cluttering it with too many personal touches that will prevent house hunters from envisioning it as their own.
Although professional home stagers are available if you can afford to hire one, sellers on a tight budget can certainly stage their own home without spending a ton. Here are 13 simple do-it-yourself tips from real estate and design experts to help make your home as appealing as possible.
Paint With a Neutral Palette
If your home features bright walls of color, it's time for a new painting job—this time with neutrals.
"The best thing to do for your home is to paint a neutral tan or light gray color depending on the style of home you have," says Josh Christensen, general manager of Five Star Painting in Dallas. "The last thing you want to do is have vibrant colors in any part of the home, which will impede the potential buyer from being able to visualize living there."