New evidence shows home staging can increase the chance of selling by 88%!  Here are some budget-friendly tips and tricks that will make over your home for next to nothing—or even for free!          

1.) Get free advice

A no-cost—way to get your home looking good and ready to sell? “Get your Realtor involved,” says Realtor Sharon Ribando with NextHome in Hammond La who has 15 years of experience. The art of home staging has long elicited strong reactions offering a larger return on the investment.                                                        

2.) Slipcover old furniture

Ready-made slipcovers—including for chairs—that can neutralize dated or too-busy patterns and freshen up worn upholstered pieces will do the job! Costs around $80                                                            

3.) Grab just 1 quart of paint

Most rooms should be painted in a neutral tone but a quart of the right pop of color can play up key architectural features and costs only around $15.

“Is the fireplace or bay window lost at sea of same color walls? “An accent paint will give new focus to important features that are otherwise lost.”                 

 4.) Raise the roof, visually speaking      

 “Older homes with low 8-foot ceilings benefit from adding strong vertical lines to a room, Cut some wild foliage—like 6-foot branches—and place them in a narrow vase. Another trick? Add draperies from a ceiling mount rod to give the room a lift. “Ready-made draperies are now available in 96- as well as 108-inch lengths.” (They start at $29.99                                                                                                           

5.) Quick bathroom face-lift

If a complete gut job isn’t in the cards for your outdated bathrooms, just paint existing cabinets, add new hardware, and finish with a cloth shower curtain. “Voila! Helps your old bath feel almost as good as new, 

If you want to put Sharon’s Experience & Expertise to work for you, then give her a call at 985-320-6612 or email her at