How to Save Money While Decorating

Whether you have just rented your first apartment or just bought your dream home, decorating while fun, can be exhausting.  It’s fairly easy to get caught up in how things look, completely forgetting how much they cost.  How can you personalize your space without breaking the bank?  Here is how to save money while decorating your space the way you want.

Take advantage of local Facebook groups

You already know to scour Craigslist for a bargain, but Facebook has all kinds of buy and sell groups near you.  You can also use it to find yard sales in your city.  It’s not much different from Craigslist in terms of people listing stuff for sale, but with Facebook profiles being visible it makes it just a little more reliable.  You can see who you’re buying from and you never know you might mutual friends.

Estate Sales and Thrift Stores

This is going to take some work on your part.  You can find pieces that are unique and have a lot of character but remember their inventory constantly changes so drop by often and if you see a bargain grab it!  There’s a good chance it will be gone tomorrow.  Here are some tips for finding great deals.

Big Box Stores

We all cringe at the idea of trying to assemble IKEA furniture and you may not want to decorate your home the same way you did your college dorm.  But…IKEA has plenty of decorative knick knacks and art pieces at a reasonable price.  You won’t even have to assemble anything.  Homegoods is another great place to pick up cool stuff, and it is fairly inexpensive.  Again it has a constantly changing inventory so drop by often.

Don’t Forget Friends

Every time someone moves chances are they are getting rid of some of their stuff and do a little shopping for the new place.  Your friends and family do that too.  Let them know what type of pieces that you’re looking for and ask them to keep an eye out.  You never know when someone might stumble across the perfect end table or area rug.

Be Patient Grasshopper

You’re new place won’t come together overnight, it’s going to take some time and patience to get exactly the look and feel you want.  Start by making your home feel warm and inviting.  Gradually you will find all the pieces you need to tie everything together perfectly.

 

Home Staging for Maximum Selling Price

A properly staged home can maximize your selling price and minimize time on the market by standing apart from the competition. You’ll want to properly staging your house to sell quickly. Potential home buyers need to see your home as a place where they could live. Home staging facilitates this by creating a mood in which the buyer can envision living in your space by removing clutter, dirt and over-personalization. Professional home stagers and interior designers live by the motto of de-clutter, de-personalize and clean, clean, clean!

Step 1: De-clutter

We never seem to realize how much we have accumulated until it is time to move. The good news about de-cluttering your home is that you can begin to sort through what you truly need and want to move to your new location. The bad news is that you have to be the one to sort through it! People that are buying a home are typically looking for more space. Clutter eats space and can make rooms feel cramped and small. Remove excess furniture, knick knacks and items that are not being used. Remember to ensure that the cupboards and closets only house the essentials. Sort everything into three piles, garbage, good will or garage sale, and those items to be packed and stored ready for the move into your new home.

Step 2: De-Personalize

This part of prepping your home for sale can turn into a special trip down memory lane. All those pictures and memorabilia are always in view, but people seldom take time to reconnect with their meaning. This is one of life’s opportunities to smell the roses, so go ahead, and take a few moments to enjoy! But make sure in the end that you do pack your personal mementos, family pictures and miscellaneous memorabilia. Generally, it’s an excellent rule of thumb to pack religious items, knick knacks, and small to medium pictures and items. Larger accessories and art work should be placed to one side for consideration when the home is later staged. Remember that you are showcasing your home as a canvas to which the buyer can insert their own style.

Step 3: Clean, Clean, Clean

Unfortunately for most home sellers, cleanliness is a major factor for buyers since other people’s dirt registers much higher on their ick radar. There’s really no way around it, to sell your home quicker and for the best possible price, it needs to sparkle. Buyers will pay special attention to the kitchen, bathrooms and windows. The following guidelines are recommended to get your home thoroughly clean.

  • Start at the top of your home and work down
  • Clean bedrooms, studies, and seldom used rooms first, the bathrooms, kitchen and utility rooms next. Save the porch, garage, shed, and attic for last.
  • Pull all furniture and appliances into the middle of the rooms that you can clean behind and underneath
  • Clean each room starting at the top and working down (ceiling, walls, trim and floor)
  • Do the wet work first – Washing paintwork, windows, laundering and shampooing
  • Do the dry work next – dusting, polishing, waxing
  • Save the vacuuming until last – this step removes all traces of dust and debris

Once your home has been thoroughly cleaned, set a cleaning schedule that will allow you to maintain the look on an ongoing basis. It’s not just the inside that needs help! Make sure you get some landscape design Vancouver done, so that your house looks good, inside and out.