When it comes to selling your home, appearance is key. The way your home is decorated and presented to potential buyers can go a long way in getting the price you're asking and multiple offers. Unfortunately, staging can cost a pretty penny, especially if you hire a professional to do it for you. Thankfully, homeowners can stage their own property without breaking the bank. Here are a few things you can do that will help transform the appearance of your home:

Put Away Your Personal Belongings.

When a buyer walks into a home, they want to be able to envision themselves there. If you have family photos, personal artwork, family heirlooms and other personal effects all over the home, it is going to be hard for them to do that. Therefore, you need to put all of these items away. When conducting an open house or a tour, put your personal belongings in a storage area of the home. It may be a good idea to rent a small storage unit while you're trying to sell the house. You will eventually need to pack up to move, so this just puts you a step ahead.

Neutralize the Home.

While you and your family may enjoy the green walls in the bedroom and the eclectic décor in the living room, it doesn't mean that the potential buyers that step foot in the home are going to. For that reason, you need to neutralize the home. You need to remove any "loud" design elements and consider painting the walls a neutral color, such as cream or tan. This will make it easier for buyers to visualize themselves and their own personal décor in the house.

Get Rid of Any Unsightly Stains and Unpleasant Smells.

Would you want to walk into a house that you are thinking about buying and be knocked down with foul odors or be overwhelmed by the number of stains? Absolutely not, so neither do your potential buyers. Give your house a good scrub down – from the floor to the ceiling – before you allow prospective buyers to come in. If you are limited on time and have the funds available, you can always consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do this for you.

While these three things may appear seemingly small, they can have a huge effect on the appearance of your home and make a significant difference in how prospective buyers will view your house during a tour. If you have any questions, speak to a realtor from an agency like Mary Couser: Galbreath Realtors. He or she will be able to help you with a few tricks that can make staging your home easier and more effective.