Easy and Inexpensive Design Tips That Will Help Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

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There's no doubt about it: we're in a sellers market. But that doesn't mean you should skip some simple staging tactics that could increase the sale price of your home.

Investing in upgrades to your home can get costly. But I'm discussing some inexpensive updates and staging tips that can help showcase your home and attract more buyers.

Sound good?

Buying or selling your home is one of life's biggest decisions that also has huge financial implications.

If you want to get the most money out of selling your home, small updates truly can make a world of difference.

But you don't have to be a seasoned investor or home flipper to use these tactics.

Anyone can make these small changes that will make your home will feel more open, more inviting, and (most importantly) appeal to more buyers!

Because that's what this is all about. Getting the most out of the investment you already have--your home. To do this, it's a pretty simple equation:

more buyers=more interest=more money

But what are these updates? What if you don't have a lot of money to invest?

If you're asking these questions, read on.

I'm going through the top quick and inexpensive fixes and upgrades you can do to your home to increase the sales price. The design and staging tips will help you sell your home faster and at top dollar.

Plus, they include some of the best easy and quick updates you can do too boost your home's value.

19 Easy and Inexpensive Updates That Can Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

1. Declutter

Decluttering the home is probably the best first step toward selling your home for top dollar.

I know that the "stuff" can build up if it's been awhile, but think of it as an opportunity to get a jump start on packing for the eventual move.

All personal items should be boxed away. This includes photos, diplomas, and any other personal objects.

Having a home that doesn't show who is living in there currently, allows potential buyers to more readily see themselves living there.

It's best if potential buyers can view your home as spacious.

If everywhere including the closets are overflowing with stuff (even neatly organized boxes), they'll think the house won't have room for their stuff either.

If you find you have too much stuff now in boxes, it may be wise to rent a temporary storage unit.

Once stuff is appropriately stashed away, donated or tossed, you'll also be able to see a clearer vision of what areas to tackle next.

2. Move Fido's Belongings

Hey, I love dogs! My dog, Frankie, is my furry child. So I completely understand what an important role our pets play in our lives.

But not all buyers will want to know that a dog, cat or other animal lives there.

In some cases, you may have a potential buyer who is allergic to pet dander.

During house showings, store away all pet toys and hide them away. Remove all pet food and water bowls as well.

If you put everything in a basket and store it away in a cabinet, it will be easy to pull out after the showing is done.

3. Contain the Kid's Chaos

As goes the pet items, so goes the kid's toys.

While you may have a lot of kid items that your child enjoys playing with, the best practice for showing your home is to have those items all contained neatly.

Often times, we have kid areas that sprawl into multiple rooms. Try to group it all in the child's bedroom.

Or, if that isn't possible because their play area is in the living room, delegate one corner that is least noticeable when entering the room.

This will make your space feel family friend and not like a rummaged through toy store on Christmas Eve.

4. Curb Appeal

First impressions matter.

Set the tone for the rest of your home by doing a few upgrades that will having potential buyers saying, "I can't wait to see what's inside!"

Freshly mow the lawn.

Jazz up the exterior with fresh, fragrant flowers.

Power wash the exterior of the house.

Purchase a new welcome door mat.

These are all small ways that can incrementally increase your home's curb appeal.

5. Inviting Entryway

Extend the inviting feeling of the outside of your home into the entryway of the home.

Remove all shoes, coats and any other personal items to create a feeling of order and cleanliness.

You want to make sure there is space for people to remove their own shoes, coats, hats, etc.

Also, the commercials are true: we all go nose blind.

Have a fresh, airy scent for your entry. There's a ton of plug in scents to choose from, but I recommend sticking with natural, light scents like vanilla and crisp linen.

6. Rearrange or Remove Furniture

Can you easily move around the furniture in the room?

If not, either remove excess furniture or rearrange it in a way that allows for movement within the room.

Often we set up furniture in a living room to be around a tv, but try a layout that focuses on highlighting architectural feature like a fireplace.

Set the living room furniture in cozy conversational groups instead of arranging them focused toward a single wall.

These techniques will have the room feel more spacious and highlight features that you want buyers to take notice of.

7. Update Throw Pillows

Look, even I've been guilty of having too many pillows in the past. 😂

But you want to make sure there is room for someone to take a seat and get a feel for the room. Even if they don't actually sit, having a cleared seat makes the room feel more open and inviting.

If your pillows have seen better days (floppy, dated colors, stained, etc.), maybe it's time to update your pillows.

For a small sectional or sofa, I usually recommend no more than two pillows per end.

Feel free to display a throw blanket, as long as it looks like a quality knit décor piece.

8. Add Live Plants

Adding some greenery to your home can really help spruce it up for potential buyers.

We all have a connection to nature, called biophilia. More and more we see people gravitating toward homes that have that inside/outside vibe.

Show that your home can support this natural vibrancy by adding live plants to your décor.

On the flip side, it's also time to take down any artificial plants, flowers or dried flowers.

Although some of those items may have sentimental value to you, it's best to bring in the real deal with live plants for showings.

9. Relaxed and Balanced Bedrooms

Master bedrooms are important to today's buyers.

Especially since a lot of us now work from home, having a space to relax at the end of the day is all that more necessary.

There's a few tips you can use to make the master bedroom feel inviting and balanced.

Remove excess pillows. Yes, I'm mentioning this again, because I don't want you to think the bedroom is any different than the living room! ;)

A few accent pillows like pictured are great, but the entire bed doesn't need to be covered.

Remove all personal items from the end tables such as kindles, eyeglasses, lotions, etc.

Update your bedside lamps to create balance within the space.

Get a white or light colored duvet cover set. White looks clean, crisp, and airy. Agnes’s are the feelings you want a potential buyer to have when they walk in the master.

If you have hardwood flooring, add a patterned rug underneath to ground the bed. It will also make the space appear larger. (Plus, you can use the rug at your next house!)

10. Update Curtains

You may use blackout curtains for sleeping, or have dark curtains in the main living space, but it doesn't help show your home in the best possible light.