What do you think is more likely to sell: A home that’s tidy and clutter-free or a house that’s full of stuff and reminds potential buyers of the current owners? People are probably going to want to buy the tidy home instead of the messy one, which is one reason why home staging companies exist.

When you’re in the midst of selling your home, the last thing you might want to do is hire yet another company to help you out. The more people you have to hire, the less you’ll make off your house sale. A home staging company can help you out, but in a lot of cases, you can stage your home on your own.

What home stagers do

Home staging companies make over the interior and exterior of your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. They might work with your own furniture or bring in new pieces. The goal of a home stager is to impress buyers and to help them envision living there. The amount of work a home stager does really depends on your needs. For example, you may hire someone just to work on the living areas of your home, or you might hire one to redo the entire space.

Home staging tends not to be cheap, and the amount a stager charges depends on how much work he will do. The typical cost for home staging can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, according to Fixr. It will be more expensive to hire a company to move your own furniture out and bring in rentals. A more affordable option is to hire a company to come in and help you arrange the items you already own.

Take the do-it-yourself route

A lot of home sellers can go the do-it-yourself route in terms of home staging. Duffy Realty of Atlanta has a few tips to make your home appealing to buyers without hiring another company. One of the most important things you can do is get rid of the clutter in your home. Toss or donate anything you don’t use, move things you only use occasionally to a storage unit, and clean up all the odds and ends that collect over time. Move anything that personalizes your living space, such as framed family pictures, out of the home during showings.

Cleaning your house is also part of the DIY staging process. Give yourself enough time, such as a weekend, to really deep clean the space and add to its wow factor. It’s a good idea to fix only things that need fixing. Part of the DIY staging process is boosting your home’s curb appeal by clearing away weeds, planting flowers and repairing broken doors and windows.

Home stagers are rarely a necessary expense when you’re selling your home. If you’re stumped about how to make your home look nice, Duffy Realty of Atlanta can give you advice for how to move forward.

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