Getting ready to sell your home? Appearance is everything. That’s where home staging comes in. But hiring a professional “stager” to prepare the home for prospective buyers can be pretty pricey! Fortunately, homeowners can take matters into their own hands.

Here are 5 simple home staging ideas:

Packing away personal items is one of the simplest –and cheapest — things you can do to sell your house
and cheapest — things you can do to sell your house or condo quickly.

Ridding your home of clutter is another simple to get buyers to focus on the bones of the house, not thetitles in your CD collection.

Rearrange the rooms in your home to reel in prospective buyers. Make sure each room has a distinct, useful purpose.

No one wants to look at a dirty, smelly home — especially not prospective buyers. So make sure your house or condo shines from top to bottom.

Whatever you do, do not overlook the home’s exterior when selling. Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home — it’s the buyer’s first impression of your home.