Home Staging Hack #1: Roll Out a Welcome Mat “First impressions are everything when selling your home,” Barronton says. Plus, prospective buyers usually linger by the front door before the real estate agent opens a home for viewing—so an enticing entrance is key. The best bang for your staging buck? A new welcome mat, which can cost as little as $15. “A fresh, modern mat—selected in the style of your home—convinces the buyer to see more,” Barronton says. A little bit of green by the front door also goes a long way. “I recommend adding fresh plants to an entry area, which will signal to the buyer that the home is well cared for,” she says.
Home Staging Hack #2: Mount Mirrors in Strategic SpotsEven the most handsome of homes have one: that dim hallway or small space where natural light goes to die. Your spruce-up solution: Hang a few mirrors. “They add extra light to rooms that look dark, and make rooms appear spacious,” explains Barronton. Bonus tip: Mirrors pack extra punch when placed next to—or directly across from—a window, since they’ll pull in more sun. But instead of simply slapping a big mirror on the wall, bring a real wow factor to a room by artfully arranging mini mirrors of all shapes and sizes. “Collages of small mirrors are very inexpensive to buy at home or discount stores,” Barronton says. “And when placed together, they’ll appear to double the size of a space.”
Home Staging Hack #5: Outfit a Bathroom with Elegant White Linens Your toiletries are scattered across the counter. Your tub sports a novelty shower curtain. And your mismatched towels look like they’ve been through the wash one too many times. If this sounds like the state of your bathroom, there is a quick staging fix: After clearing some of that clutter, spruce up your washroom with fresh, all-white linens. “White towels, bath mats, and shower curtains can instantly update your bathroom,” Barronton explains. “They’ll give the room the feel of a luxury spa—without having to spend much.” You can take it one step further by creating spa-like displays. “I like to roll and stack bath towels on the tub, and hand towels near the sink,” Barronton says. “Adding an orchid, candles and special soaps can also amp up that spa feel.”
Home Staging Hack #6: Arrange Decorative VignettesDecorative displays can lend a cozy, lived-in ambience to a house, so Barronton suggests assembling classy vignettes of colorful vases, lanterns, books, plants, baskets, and other decorative items atop dressers, counters and even bookshelves. Not sure where to start? Barronton recommends grouping items in odd numbers and varying their heights and shapes—while also keeping the pieces in the same color family. To cut costs, mix items you already own with ones you pick up at craft stores. “When well-constructed, these displays can give your home that glossy, out-of-a-magazine feel,” Barronton says. “And that really appeals to buyers.”