DIY Home Staging on a Budget

A professionally staged home can really boost the final sale value of your property however, if this option is simply not in your budget, our handy guide to DIY Home Staging will help you make the most of your space!

Eliminate Clutter

Rule number one is to eliminate ALL clutter from your home; this will help make your home feel more spacious, organised and clean to prospective buyers. Organize your bookshelves and any other open storage areas to appear less cluttered and more appealing. The added bonus of eliminating clutter from your home n preparation for home inspections is that it will also help make your move that much easier – You’ll have already disposed of any unwanted bits and pieces that seem to just magically accumulate over the years!

Your home staging plan should allow your potential buyers to see the possibilities in the space. If your space allows, show off a home office area: a simple laptop on the desk and a few scattered books and magazines on your shelves are the perfect accessories. Pictured: Zanui’s Jacob Bookshelf.

Organise your Closets

A cluttered and messy closet or wardrobe is an automatic turn off for many home buyers. Think about it… Who doesn’t want more storage space in their home? It could even be one of the reasons you yourself are moving in the first place! If a prospective buyer sees your super cluttered closet, they may think “Hey, this place has the same problem as my current home – no storage & no space!” Your closets shouldn’t appear to be overflowing with stored clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. so make sure to neatly tuck everything away. Consider sleek storage options such as lidded baskets or decorative boxes which will not only help keep the clutter at bay but will also make the space more appealing and stylish.

Savannah Lidded Baskets
Lidded baskets are a stylish and clever way of concealing the clutter anywhere around the home! Image credit

Set the Table

A lovely table setting helps the buyer visualize themselves at “home” – It is a warm and inviting gesture and can work wonders in adding that little bit of spark and character to your dining area. Keep your dining setting minimal – there is no need for half a dozen forks! Use matching placemats, napkins, dinner plates, cutlery and glasses – Include a candelabra or small flower vase as a centrepiece and your job is done – a simple way of creating a warm and friendly home!

Leila Dinnerware
A simple, elegant table setting can work wonders in creating a cozy, intimate and welcoming vibe in your home. Image credit

Turn on the Lights

Your real estate agent will usually advise you to turn on all the lights in the home prior to an inspection, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in the property rather than leaving it looking dark and dreary. Open all your curtains too to allow natural light to circulate in the home and consider using glass, mirror or metallic decorative features to help brighten up any dark areas. If your property inspection is in the evening you will also find that turning on all external and garden lighting is another way to attract buyers.

Jolie Mother of Pearl Floor Lamp
Create a spacious and light decorating scheme to emphasise your home’s best qualities. Soft lighting helps create warmth in a home – Use floor lamps in your living area or bedroom for an elegant touch. Image credit


The ultimate goal of a successfully staged home is to help your prospective buyers picture themselves living in the space. Eliminate any and all personal items from your property; this includes: Family pictures, Christmas cards, Children’s paintings, bills stuck on the fridge, etc. Leaving these items lying around makes your potential buyers feel as if they are walking through somebody else’s home – your goal is to help them feel as if they are walking through their own future home! Use a neutral decorating scheme to create that feeling of warmth and character in the property instead.

Sarita Hand Framed Textiles
Swap out your family pictures with framed wall art to de-personalise your home. Pictured: Image credit

Clean it Up!

A no-brainer, but more often than not, you will find many homes on the market are a complete mess! If you simply don’t have the time, hire someone to clean it all up for you – it is well worth the investment! A messy home seriously detracts from the overall sale value: it’s simple human nature to feel a little put off by someone else’s dirty laundry or dirty kitchen sink so make sure to tidy it all up!

Ensure the property is clean and fresh prior to your scheduled inspections. Vacuum and mop the floors, style your decor and include bouquets of flowers and candles for that soft, romantic touch. Pictured: Zanui’s Tribeca Round Side Table.

Re-Paint & Modernize

If your budget allows for it, a freshly painted and modernized home is well worth the effort and expense. A budget bathroom or kitchen makeover can work wonders in increasing the final sale value of your home, as can a fresh lick of paint and a well manicured garden so have a look around your home and see which areas could benefit from a little sprucing up: fill in any wall cracks, update your window treatments or lighting fixtures, have your kitchen or bathrooms updated, re-do your flooring – whatever it takes to help your home SELL for those big bucks! It will most definitely be well worth it!


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