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For home sellers, staging a house can help you transform an ordinary residence into a stellar one. And even though it may seem like an expensive process to stage your property, there are many cost-effective ways to do just that.

Here are three cheap house staging ideas that every home seller needs to know.

1. Put Away Your Personal Belongings

Although you may display many treasured antiques and photographs throughout your home, you'll want to put these items in storage before you show your property to potential homebuyers.

Remember, your goal as a home seller is stir up significant interest in your residence. If you keep personal mementos on display in your house, it may be tough for homebuyers to envision what life would be like if they purchased your home.

When it comes to home staging, putting away your personal belongings is a must. Lucky for you, if you place your personal items in storage, you can boost your chances of a quick home sale. Plus, you may even be able to speed up the process of relocating to a new address, as many of your personal belongings will already be packed up and ready to go.

2. Remove Clutter

Let's face it – clutter is an eyesore that most homeowners can live without. However, many home sellers may have large book, CD or toy collections that can take up a lot of space.

Removing clutter is essential for home sellers who want to stage their residences properly. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to eliminate clutter with ease.

For example, you may want to host a yard sale before you add your house to the real estate market. A yard sale enables you to get rid of excess items as well as earn extra cash.

Or, if you are desperate to get rid of clutter quickly, you may be able to donate various items to local charities or dispose of these items altogether.

3. Clean and Deodorize Your Home

Pet odors and other unpleasant smells won't do you any favors, especially if you want your home to make a positive first impression on prospective homebuyers.

Cleaning and deodorizing your residence usually requires hard work and patience. On the other hand, you likely won't have to worry about breaking your budget to keep your property neat and tidy.

With a fresh, clean home, your residence may stand out from others in a crowded real estate market. The pleasant aromas that fill your house also can bolster your house's chances of making a positive first impression on potential homebuyers.

Staging your home may seem difficult at first, but expert real estate agents are able to help you prepare your residence for the housing market. Real estate agents can offer recommendations about how you can enhance your property quickly and effortlessly and ensure that you can stir up plenty of interest in your home as soon as it hits the real estate market.

Collaborate with a real estate agent, and ultimately, you should have no trouble staging and selling your house.



This listing recently sold for $390,000.

7 Rollwood Drive, Guilford, CT 06437  

$399,900
Price
$390,000
Sale Price
5
Total Rooms
2
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully updated town house in the Rollwood community. The largest model in complex, hardwood floors throughout, remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances, all new mechanicals, updated bathrooms, master bedroom suite with full bath and walk-in closet, screened porch, also freshly painted. Community located in downtown Guilford, walk to Green, beach, marina, train station, less then 2 hours to New York City. Do not miss this one!



This listing recently sold for $300,000.

144 North Fair Street, Guilford, CT 06437  

$312,900
Price
$300,000
Sale Price
6
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Location and charm!! Move right into this beautifully remodeled and updated Colonial in the heart of Guilford within walking distance to the famous Guilford Green. The home features an open floor plan with large glass sliders onto the patio, wood stove and updated kitchen with granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Other updates include new roof, siding, gutters system, central air system, updated plumbing and electrical, new insulation, new and modernized structural updates, new half bathroom and more. Situated on .23 acres on a quaint street less then 2 miles to the Jacob's beach, convenient to highway I-95 and train station for an easy commute to New Haven or New York. Come see this in-town gem and enjoy the surroundings and amenities that Guilford and New England Shoreline living have to offer.


There are plenty of things to worry about around your home when you have kids. One of your top priorities should be safety for your kids. If you look closely, you’ll find some hidden safety dangers around your home that should be addressed. The top culprits can be found described in detail below.


The Dishwasher


Your dishwasher is something that you probably use every single day. There are a few considerations that you need to make about the dishwasher when you have kids. First, the door should have a good locking mechanism. If the door to the dishwasher doesn’t shut properly, all if takes is a little tap for the door to release and fall right on top of your child who is either walking or crawling around the house.


The other point to consider about a dishwasher is the actual contents of the dishwasher. Silverware, especially sharp objects, should be left pointing downward. This is in case the washer is left open and the child gets at it. You don’t want sharp knives pointing upward that could cause an injury to your child. The detergent can also be a hazard to your child. Whether you are using pods, liquid detergent, or the powdered kind, all pose poison control risks and choking hazards to your kids. Keep the dishwasher closed and locked when it is not in use. Also, be sure to wipe down your dishwasher in case of any debris that’s left from your detergent. 


Ovens And Ranges


If your range or oven is not installed properly it could cause serious harm to your kids. For safety, be sure that ranges have anti-tip brackets installed. This way if the child leans on the stove or climbs it, the unit will not fall on them, posing the risk of serious injury. 


Wall ovens should be secured as well. Make sure that the door of the oven locks and cannot fling open easily. When cooking, use the back burners in stead of the front. You should also keep the pot handles turned inward so they aren’t as easy for kids to reach.  


The Nursery


The nursery is where your child will spend a lot of their time. First, you should start with the crib. The crib needs to be firm and nothing should be in the crib other than the mattress and a tightly fitted sheet around the mattress until the baby is old enough. The crib should also be sturdy. It’s preferable to have a new crib for the baby as occasionally, hand me down cribs can be missing parts or have faced major amounts of wear and tear. The nursery should also be free from excessive cords and be equipped with window locks. This way, you’ll be able to put your child to sleep with peace of mind.         




This listing recently sold for $345,000.

39 Rolling Meadow Road, Madison, CT 06443  

$349,999
Price
$345,000
Sale Price
9
Total Rooms
4
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Charm and sophistication abound in this 2,108 sq. ft. Cape style home. Plenty of curb appeal says "Welcome Home". First floor master. 3 bedrooms and full bath on upper level. Updated kitchen and remodeled first floor full bath. Enjoy changing seasons in the spacious, year round 24x18 sun room with wall of windows, skylights, built ins and beautiful tile floor. Great flow for entertaining. Hardwood floors throughout, gas fireplace, and laundry on main floor. An additional heated 624 sq. ft. in lower level. Central air, generator, and two car garage. Buyers will appreciate the deck and private back yard with lovely plantings...yet in a neighborhood minutes from town, highway, beaches and schools. This home is priced to sell.




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