If you are trying to sell your home, it
really pays off to make the extra
effort to impress your buyers.
There have been studies that show it takes
buyers only seven seconds to decide whether
or not they are going to buy a home once they
set foot in a house. That it is why it so crucial
to make a good impression and also why
“staging” a home for sale is such a fine art.
However not all of us have the cash on hand,
or the time and energy, to do things that are
really going to flip your home over to the
next buyer quickly. For instance, not everybody
has the cash on hand to install a brand
new flashy Jacuzzi complete with freestanding
brass towel warmers and new stone tile
floors. However you might have the money
on hand to install designer faucets, paint the
walls and replace the old iron door handles
with trendy new crystal knobs.
Here are some quick and easy ways to make
your home show like a model home for
under $200. These are easy-to-do tips and
the type of thing an interior decorator would
advise you to do to help “stage" a property so
it is more attractive to buyers. The goal of
this top ten list: is to give you hints on how to
make your home show better than your
competitor’s home on the real estate market!
1. Clear All Clutter
You can get rid of all of the junk in your
home for free. Simply get rid of anything
you don’t need and haul it away in your car
to the nearest dump or Goodwill. This means
getting rid of “stuff” in the front yard, back
yard, hallway and basement. Studies have
shown that people perceive clutter as being
indicative of a property that is decrepit or not
worth much money. They also associate it
with decay and the presence of vermin or
One thing in particular you need to get rid of
is ashtrays. People consider houses that have
been smoked in to be less desirable and also
You should also get rid of all junk in your
yard. This includes things like broken garden
hoses, old equipment and bicycles.
Even things you are actively using should be
tucked out of sight before a house showing.
This means clearing your kitchen counter of
appliances like George Forman Grills or
blenders or anything else that takes up counter
Outside you should make sure that your
garden hoses are coiled up, your birdbath is
clean of leaves and that you do not have
sports equipment or bikes laying around
your front porch.
2. Get Rid of Evidence of Pets
If you have a dog or cat send them away for
the day. Hide the litter box and any evidence
of it’s aroma. Make sure there is no dog feces
in the front yard. These types of things,
along with their smells can convince a buyer
that there are allergens, mites and pet urea in
the house. Houses with more pets are also
considered to be less desirable than ones
with no pets at all.
3. Get Rid of Evidence of Kids
Get rid of strollers on the porch, inflatable
kiddie pools in the back yard and any toys
that may be lying around in the hallway. Get
rid of baby gates and make sure there are no
handprints or crayon drawings on the wall.
Studies have also shown that homes that
have kid’s stuff strewn about are considered
to be less hygienic or valuable than those
4. Clean Up the Front Yard and Porches
The front yard and porch are very important
as that is what your buyer will first see when
they approach the home. Make sure that the
grass is cut and that the garden is nicely
If you have to, reseed the lawn and plant a
few decorative bushes. It also does not hurt
to spruce up the front door with a coat of
paint and replace the house number plates
and the door knocker with new versions.
It also helps a lot to get rid of dead trees or
bushes that may be on the property. Many
people associate that with bad luck or a lack
of caring for the property.
5. Get Rid of Sunken Paving Stones
The path to your front door and the driveway
are also very important. Sunken paving
stones or missing rocks make your home
look ratty and cheap. It is quite easy to buy
new stones, level them and redo these
pathways. Curved path ways look more
contemporary than ones that are at right
6. Paint Rooms That Need It
If you have a wall that looks scratched up,
beaten or damaged you are well advised to
paint it. This can go a long way towards
making a home look less shabby. You
should also make an attempt to plaster any
holes or crumbled parts of walls in your
home as well. If paint is out of the question
then you certainly could make a better
impression by covering up flawed walls with
7. Replace Some Fixtures
If your chandelier or light fixtures look
dated, then go to some trouble to replace
them. You can also make a home look more
contemporary and like it is worth more
money simply by making a few cosmetic
changes like changing the light switch plates
or electrical plates to designer versions.
8. Change the Faucets and Spouts
Sometimes you can make a kitchen or
bathroom look really glamorous simply by
changing out your old faucets and spouts for
glamorous new ones. There are lots of different
styles on the market that can instantly
transform a sink into a contemporary silver
masterpiece of design and many of these
fixtures also cost less than $200. Furthermore
it can be quite easy to install these
fixtures all by yourself.
A tall spigot on a kitchen sink can make it
look suddenly very European and modern.
Replacing the shower head in the bathroom
with something quite snaky, long and silver
with several water flow options can also help
it seem more luxurious and expensive.
9. Provide Flowers and Greenery
If you have cleared all the clutter, then you
should have a home that looks more simple
and kind of Zen in nature. One way to
augment this air of designer sophistication is
to put flowers or vases of tall grasses in
For instance if you have a dining room table
it is quite a good idea to put a display of fruit
or flowers on the center table to make it seem
more glamorous or traditional. It is also quite
chic to place a small display of flowers or
bamboo in the bathroom. A rose floating in
a bowl of water looks nice reflected in a
dresser mirror in a bedroom.
10. Provide Some Aromatherapy
It’s been proven that if an item for sale
makes some kind of impression on the nose
then people are also more likely to buy it.
That is true for small ticket items but it is
also true of big things like an entire house.
One of the tricks that professional real estate
agents use is to simply bake some cookies in
the oven so the scent of cinnamon and
vanilla fills the air as potential customers
walk in the front door. This gives a place a
more homey effect.
It is also nice to have aromatherapy candles
burning in places like a downstairs bathroom
where things might be a little dark. Soy
candles are especially aromatic.
If you do not want to spend your time baking
you can buy all kinds of professional scents
for you home that help it seem more cozy or
sophisticated. You can even buy vanilla,
cinnamon or apple pie scents that mimic the
smells of baking. Tropical scents such as
pineapple and mango are also used by
professional real estate agents and also the
owners of clothing stores to encourage
people to buy.
Of course if you do have some money to
invest in preparing your home for sale, you
can also hire a professional to stage your
home for you. The benefits of this are
usually a faster sale and more money for
your property. Many of these organizations
can rent you furniture and accessories that
can help make your home look better. A
home stager can also offer you an objective
perspective on what exactly it is that can
make your home look fresh, appealing and
attractive to others.
With an eye for design and just a few
hundred bucks you can usually fix up your
home so that it is more appealing to buyersall by yourself.