Home Staging Secrets: Staging On A Budget

By Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.
May 28, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

When you’re trying to sell your home, staging it the right way is essential! Luckily, if you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of inexpensive – and even free – options for staging. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Pack away personal mementos. We love this tip because it’s completely free! Unfortunately, sometimes sellers have a hard time with this one because it feels strange to hide away family photos and other highly personal belongings. It is, however, extremely important to do so, not only to help clear away clutter, but to make your home look completely neutral to buyers. Replace those family pictures with artwork and other decorative accessories.

2. Apply a fresh coat of paint. It’s truly astounding the difference a new coat of paint can do for a room – you won’t even realize how dingy the old one was until you’re done applying the new one! Painting can really brighten up a room – just be sure to stick to neutral tones such as white, beige or gray. Hues like Cathy’s Loghan Blonde or Cathy’s Natural Stone from my Mythic Paint Color Collection are great options.

The white walls in this bedroom make it look impeccably clean and bright!

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Photo Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Design by Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes

3. Lighten up. When rooms appear brighter, it adds value to your home. Even in rooms that don’t get much natural light, it’s easy to fake! First, get your windows squeaky clean. Next, get rid of any darkening window treatments and replace with sheers (or remove altogether). You can also add bright white lightbulbs to get rid of a yellowing effect.

In this room, we forwent the window treatments altogether to really show off the floor-to-ceiling windows and let in the light!

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Photo Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Design by Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes

Want to learn more about home staging? Check out one of my Home Staging Classes. The next classes take place on June 6th in Boston, MA and on July 11th in Seattle, WA!

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Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.