With the first signs of spring popping up everywhere, some of you might be gearing up to sell your home. Selling can certainly be stressful. I've experienced it firsthand as both a home seller myself (x2 now), and as a home stager (a service I offered in my former business). Unless you're selling a relatively new home, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the home repair/upgrade "To Do" list that goes along with prepping your home for the market.
My first piece of advice?
Home stagers are invaluable for several reasons:
1) They know which repairs/upgrades will achieve the greatest return on your investment, which helps you to prioritize the items on your "To Do" list;
2) Oftentimes, they have a network of preferred vendors (painters, handymen, carpenters, etc.) that you can hire with confidence because of their proven track record of quality work delivered in a timely manner;
3) They can save you money on upgrades by passing along their discounts (e.g., paint stores, flooring stores, etc.), and by sharing their "Cheat Sheet" for completing home upgrades very inexpensively.
(O.K., stepping down from my soapbox now).
Let's take a look at some budget-friendly home upgrade solutions that might be found on a typical home stager's "Cheat Sheet".
Depending on what part of the country you live in, popcorn ceiling texture may be a very prevalent problem or non-existent. There are companies whose sole mission is to eradicate this home décor nightmare, one room at a time. If you don’t have thousands of dollars to devote to this home repair, may I suggest this alternative —
Avoid the entire messy popcorn removal process by simply covering it up with sheets of decorative paneling and decorative beams. Here’s a helpful tutorial that will walk you through all of the steps. You’ve now transformed a selling deterrent into a selling feature!