When it’s time to sell your home, the prospect of moving and spending money on a new place to live can be financially daunting enough; who wants to worry about spending tons of money on staging the old place to sell? Sellers don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on updates to have a nice home to show off to prospective buyers; there are ways to stage your home inexpensively. Here are a few:
Don’t replace what you can clean
A grimy bathroom is a big turnoff to buyers. That shower door probably didn’t get scummy because you love to scour it, but when it’s time to sell, cleaning is a cheaper option than replacing. To get the scum off, use steel wool and scrub it with a mixture of one part muriatic acid (also known as hydrochloric acid) and ten parts water. You can get muriatic acid at any hardware or home improvement store and it works on other nasty bathroom stains as well.
Update outdated tile with paint
Painting old or outdated tiles is a much cheaper alternative to replacement, and you can turn hideous into beautiful quickly. Clean the tile, dry it, and use painters tape to keep your lines sharp. Us an oil based paint because it’s more durable than latex paint and when the paint is dry, apply a urethane top coat so the tile will be protected against easy scratches.
Ugly fireplaces benefit from cleaning and paint too
Old fireplace screens can be washed and spray painted. Scrub the stone around the fireplace with soap and water and then use stone color enhancer or polish the bricks so they look their best. If your ugly fireplace sticks out too much, tone it down with paint by using a rag to rub on light paint, one brick or stone at a time, that matches the wall. The brick will still show through, but without overpowering the room.
Give cupboards a face-lift
Updating kitchen cupboard hardware instead of the cupboards themselves is a great way to refresh your kitchen on a budget. Choose hardware that will work well with what you’re replacing in terms of where you’ll need to drill holes. You don’t want to worry about filling in ugly holes after the hardware is updated. If existing holes are stripped out, simply dip a toothpick in glue and insert it into the hole; when the glue dries, cut off the excess toothpick and install the new hardware.
Looking for more tips? HGTV has 30 of them for you here.
Home staging is an important part of preparing your home to sell. It isn’t always the easiest of chores, but for the do-it-yourselfer, a little paint, soap and glue can go a long way to increasing your home’s appeal without depleting your cash reserve during an already financially stressful time.