In preparation of putting your home on the market, investing some time in the art of staging (detach, depersonalize and declutter) can attract buyers interested in your home. Aspiring sellers can test their creativity and redecorate on a budget to create a whole new look to appeal to the market.

The goal for most people is to make their home appear to have ample room. Painting a room with light and bright colors will help make it appear larger. Keep the colors neutral, however, so buyers aren't distracted by the choice in color and will be able to envision their belongings in the home. It also helps to tone down any dated finishes in the space. Paint adjacent rooms the same color so they feel like one, seamless space.

Matching your drapery and paint will also help open up the room. Grouping your furniture into cozy, conversational groups away from the walls will open up a room and make the space more user-friendly.  If you have a larger space that you would like to make cozier, choose a neutral darker tone to make the room more intimate. Adding an accent wall can draw attention to any special features you want to showcase in your home as well.

A reasonably inexpensive addition you can add to open up a room is to improving the lighting. To keep costs low you can update an old lamp with a new lampshade, get crafty and take to Pinterest for some refinishing ideas or hit up second-hand venues for trendy, vintage finds. Also, increase the wattage in your lamps to create a welcoming feel. Try to aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Attempt to have three types of lighting per room: ambient (overhead), task (reading) and accent (table or wall).

Feel free to move furniture once bought for a specific purpose to repopulate any rooms that were primarily used to gather junk. The more, different uses a buyer can see for a room, the more open their imagination will be to envision their items in those spaces.

Display your art creatively to show off your home. Break up pieces that are hung highly, encircling the room into different patterns and groupings.

Adding home decor accessories can make a room more inviting. Odd numbers are preferable, especially in threes. For maximum effect group accessories by color, shape and texture and arrange them by varying height and width. Objects should be placed with the largest at the back and the smallest at the front. If purchasing new decorations is out of your budget you can also incorporate foliage from outdoors to add some seasonal decor to your home.

Creating a relaxing bedroom setting with an organized closet can really draw in a buyer. If you don't have the funds to purchase a new bed you can buy a bed frame and an inexpensive air mattress to cover with nice linens.

Redoing a kitchen can be quite expensive. An affordable way to give your kitchen a new look is to get new cupboard doors and drawer fronts, paint everything to match and add new hardware. If your dishwasher is an eyesore you may be able to find a new front panel to put on it. If not, laminate paper can always be used to re-cover the existing panel.

Well placed mirrors can create a whole new look in your space also helping it look larger. You can angle your mirrors toward a focal point to draw attention to it and add depth. Placing mirrors near natural light will help reflect it to brighten a room.

REALTORS® have seen houses of all shapes and sizes. You can speak with Adam Humenuik to help lead you in the right direction for what buyers are looking for when preparing your home for the market. If your creativity falls short, they may be able to steer you in the right direction or toward a professional who would.

Adam Humenuik - REALTOR®, B. Comm
Hallmark Realty