Cheap Ways to Stage Your House for Sale

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Setting the Stage

Spending time and money to stage a house for sale may not seem like it's worth it in a seller's market, but it can actually lead to a solid return on investment. Staging a home may help a house sell 2 to 11 times faster than a nonstaged home, according to the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Staging may also increase the sale price by up to 20%. But how much does it cost to stage a house? You don't have to hire a company that knows how to stage a house for sale; it can be done on your own. Start with these ideas that can refresh the look of your current house, but also carry over to wherever you go next. 

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Boutique Rugs Neutral Rug
Boutique Rugs

Burdette Soft Neutral Rug

$59 and up from Boutique Rugs

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A neutral area rug in the entryway or under a dining table can add some flair when you are staging a home. You can't go wrong with classic colors like taupe, grey, and beige.

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Indoor/Outdoor Planter

Cylinder Textured Indoor/Outdoor Planter

$10 and up from Target

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This subtle yet stylish planter can work indoors or out. It also is a good size for a table or on the floor.

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Upholstered Bench

Seiler Upholstered Flip Top Storage Bench

$180 from Wayfair

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This sleek, cushioned bench comes in a few colors to fit your decor. Entryway items can be tucked inside the storage compartment, making it super versatile.

Wood Bowl

Acacia Wood Fruit Bowl

$19 from Amazon

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A bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter is a classic staging technique. This handcrafted bowl looks more expensive than it is. 

Cinnamon Beignet Candle

Cinnamon Beignet Candle

$12 from Target

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Set an inviting scene with the scent of something freshly baked. This clear candle features the essence of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Spa Towel

Spa Bath Towel

$14 from Target

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Fresh, white fluffy towels in the bathroom are another go-to home staging tip. These towels are low-lint so they won't shed and make a mess. 

Mainstay Decorative Throw Pillow

Mainstays Solid Texture Decorative Throw Pillow

$7 from Walmart

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These simple pillows (available in a few shades) can freshen up a couch or bed. 

Velvet Plush 4 Piece High Stretch Sofa Slipcover

Velvet Plush 4-Piece High Stretch Sofa Slipcover

$45 from Amazon

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If your sofa isn't exactly up to staging standards, a slipcover will do wonders. This velvet cover slides over your existing couch to make it look more luxe. It's available in 12 colors.

Bed in a Bag

Bed in a Bag White Seersucker Comforter Set

$62 from Amazon (queen size)

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A fresh white comforter and sheets make a bedroom look more luxe. This set contains all the pieces — comforter, pillow sham, flat and fitted sheet and pillow case — for well under $100.

Amazon Lightbulbs

Amazon Basics 60W Equivalent Light Bulbs

$10 from Amazon

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The right lighting can make all the difference in how a staged home looks. These bulbs offer a crisp, bright daylight lighting.

Artificial Potted Plant

Mainstays 30" Artificial Potted Plant

$60 from Walmart

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Add a homey feel without the work of watering and upkeep. This faux palm plant in a pot can be used as an accent piece in a bedroom or living room.

Seagrass Baskets

Woven Seagrass Home Storage Basket

$26 from Target

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Use these versatile baskets to make bookshelves and bedrooms look better. They wipe clean, too.

Round Wall Mirror

Wall-Mounted Circle Mirror

$60 from Amazon

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Accent mirrors like this simple one can make a small space feel bigger. It's also a "safe" decor that goes with many house styles.

White Shower Curtain

Modern Hotel Grade Shower Curtain

$22 from Amazon

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Don't forget to upgrade to a fresh shower curtain in the bath. This white one goes with any decor and doesn't require hooks for hanging.

Decorative Throw

Throw Blanket

$20 from Amazon

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A decorative throw blanket carefully draped on a chair, sofa or bed is another stager tip. This knitted throw is available in 26 colors to complement any decor.