I have received a few calls recently from past clients who are thinking about selling their house in the coming months. One question Seller’s will often ask is “What can I do to help make the house look beautiful that is not going to bust the budget?”
Here are 10 home design tips to help you stay on budget. These tips are not just for those looking to sell, but for anyone who is seeking to do a design makeover on their home.
1) Tip number one is getting some paint on those walls: Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls is something you can do without a massive investment. A fresh coat not only looks good, but it also makes the home sell new and clean. I would look at a nice neutral color that fits with what is typical in your neighborhood.
2) Tip number two, do it yourself: Much of the work to get your home ready to sell you can do yourself. It is always worth it to get a professional stager in to give you some advice. I always use a professional stager on my listings, but once you have the punch list, many of the things you can do by yourself, with your family or a close friend who likes DIY projects.
3) Tip number three is to shop second hand: Head out to a thrift store, consignment shops or spend a few hours on a Saturday morning driving around to yard sales and looking for used furnishing. You can often find solidly constructed furniture that can be made to look great with a fresh coat of paint.
4) Another way to find great deals to save money on decorating your home is to look for “as-is” furniture. Many department stores and furniture stores will give discounts on floor models, scratch and dents and returned items that may be slightly used.
5) Be patient, it will come: Did you not find what you are looking for today? If you are like me, you will often get impatient and just get something else. Be patient. If you are willing to wait for a little while that item you are looking for will often show up at next week’s yard sale or go on sale soon.
6) It does not have to match: If you are trying to get everything to match, it will often cost you a lot more money. Good news, it does not have to match. Be creative with that furniture and put together mixed styles.
7) Expect the unexpected: Almost anything can serve as an accessory. Take the collections you already have, fill a bowl with apples, stack up some books, or bring nature inside with a display of seashells or a vase of sticks. Accessories do not have to be expensive store purchased items.
8) Reuse what you have: I talk a lot above about going to yard sales and consignment shops. What do you have that you would sell at a yard sale or a consignment shop? Find a way to reuse it. You can reinvent a dresser with a fresh paint job and a change in hardware. Throw a slipcover over that older looking chair. Take some of those throw pillows from the bedroom and bring that color into your living room.
9) Update the details: Not everyone can afford to replace cabinets or vanities. Good news is, you don’t need to. Often installing new hardware will give it a fresh look. You can also switch out those old 1980’s gold-plated light fixtures pretty inexpensively.
10) And finally, you can make your own art: You do not need to be a trained artist to create something that is worthy of being hung up. It can be as easy as snapping a photo and hanging it. Making a collage of paper or found items. Be creative and do a quick search on Pinterest.