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When selling your home in this competitive market, it’s important to make it appealing to potential home buyers in get top dollar. These simple tips and tricks will make staging your home a breeze, with some easy DIY tips to get your house in tip-top shape.

Make Your Home Appear More Spacious

In 21 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Selling, accredited staging professional and associate broker Marilou Young says, “Put your buyer’s hat on and walk thru your home like it is the first time… Make notes on what you, as a buyer, would notice, and then repair or replace those items.” Young goes on to recommend that sellers get rid of clutter, hide family photos, clean out closets and remove excess or oversized furniture.

One way to do what Young advises is to rent a local self-storage unit. You can store boxes and other items you have packed, as well as large furniture pieces, countertop appliances, seasonal clothing, decor and closet-clutter, so that your home feels more spacious to those walking through.

In fact, Laura McHolm, cofounder of Northstar moving, states in 14 Sneaky Staging Tips for Selling a Small Home that sellers should, “Box up everything you don’t need on a daily basis and anything that’s smaller than a football… Leaving just the bare minimum will create the feeling of more space”. Renting a self-storage unit can help you do just that.

Most storage facilities offer climate controlled units, with 24/7 security surveillance to ensure your items remain damage free and secure. With various sizes available, finding one that is well suited towards your storage needs (and overall budget) is quite simple, providing you peace of mind as you pack up your belongings.

Touch Up Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Sure, doing a complete kitchen or bathroom renovation will increase your homes value substantially, but if you are working with a tight budget, renovations of that magnitude are out of the question. Don’t worry. There are many different things you can do to help improve your home appearance without making your wallet shed tears.

According to 5 dirt-cheap ways to stage your for-sale home like a pro by Bankrate, packing away personal items and clearing clutter is a big part, as well as making your rooms appear more neutral and enhancing your curb appeal.

Consider touching up rooms with a fresh coat of neutral paint and removing any bold items that may not be appealing to the masses. Remember, you want people to come into your home and envision themselves living there, not feel as if they are viewing your own personal decor. Newer light fixtures or bathroom fixtures are also an inexpensive touch that can really brighten a room.

Spruce up your curb appeal by planting some simple flowers, touching up outdoor paint, and ensuring your lawn and hedges are well maintained. A fresh, pretty welcome mat and newer mailbox can also make your home pop as potential buyers walk up to your door.

Simple Decor Can Make a Big Statement

Keep freshly cut flowers in the kitchen, and elegant folded towels in the bathroom. Set your table with two simple coffee cups and a popular food or home decor magazine. Help people picture themselves living there, within your spacious, pristine, neutral home, with little touches that will enhance the rooms they visit.

By focusing on keeping your home organized using self-storage, making some minor updates, and placing some simple decorative items in strategic locations, you are certain to make the most of your sale.

Here’s to your new home!