With fewer deals to go around, many markets experiencing a downshift and more agents than ever, it makes business sense to reach for the fundamentals. That’s why at Inman, we’re going Back to Basics with curated throwbacks to some of our most-read stories as well as new insights from agents in the field — all culminating in Inman’s Playbook for the Fall Market, a two-day virtual event that you should make plans to attend.
This story was updated on August 30, 2022.
The war between Russia and Ukraine has also caused gas prices to skyrocket in the last few months, hitting real estate agents’ pockets hard, as they continue to commute to various appointments throughout the workday.
On top of those factors causing agents to pinch pennies, the competition to win listings today is fierce, with agents outnumbering homes for sale in the U.S. As of December, there were 910,000 listings compared to 1.5 million National Association of Realtor (NAR) members, according to the real estate trade organization. Many agents are also already facing a slight market cooldown and potentially less business this summer, as buyers become dissuaded by rising mortgage rates and home prices.
But even with rising prices, real estate agents can still find deals at dollar stores that may come in handy for a showing or open house — from furniture and decor to the necessary bottle of hand sanitizer — without breaking the bank.
Here are 26 ideas to get started.
This blanket will exude luxury at the end of any staged bed. ($27 at Dollar General)
Give bathrooms some color with this patterned soap dispenser. ($5 at Dollar General)
Treat your guests with a set of champagne flutes and a bottle of chilled bubbly, artfully displayed on the kitchen island. ($1 each for glasses, $1 for ice bucket at Dollar Tree)
Agents who are very inspired might want to do a quick window treatment installation inside of a home, and these black decorative curtain rods will do the trick. ($10 at Family Dollar)
These ivory sheer window panels will easily refresh a drab living room. ($5 at Family Dollar)
Light up outdoor walkways for evening showings with these chic lanterns. ($5 at Family Dollar)
These happy garden ornaments will be a sure-fire hit with any kids tagging along on home showings. ($3 at Family Dollar)
Set an inviting dining room table with these eye-catching dinner plates. ($2 each at Family Dollar)
To make a striking tablescape, add these snazzy solid black ceramic bowls to complement those striped dinner plates. ($1 each at Family Dollar)
Provide parched guests with water drawn from this trendy, seasonal pitcher. ($7 at Dollar General)
These colorful runner rugs will warm up any room, from a hallway to a bedroom. (Price varies by location at Family Dollar.)
Fill out living room staging with a quick pair of end tables, perfect for accent lamps or a vase full of fresh flowers. ($18 for two at Family Dollar)
A bookcase is a great venue for plants and other accent pieces to make a room more inviting. (Price varies by location at Family Dollar.)
Add this floor lamp to any room that suffers from harsh overhead lighting to make the space more welcoming to prospective buyers. ($12 at Family Dollar)
These holders for scented candles provide a decorative touch and a fresh aroma to any room. ($1.25 each at Dollar Tree)
The new essential for any kind of home showing or open house, these portable bottles with fruity scents will be a sure hit with buyers. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
Make your home showing a bit more artsy with these colorful candles that will set a fun, yet soothing mood. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
Get prospective buyers zenned-out and ready to say “yes” to your listing with these calming buddhas in the garden. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
Show prospective buyers how they might organize an entryway or corral kids’ items in a mud room with these handy, kid-friendly buckets. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
Grab some discount flowers from a local grocery store and place a few in one of these vases to add a fresh pop of color to a kitchen or dining area. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
Help potential buyers (and yourself) keep track of things with this functional and cute calendar. ($5 at Dollar General)
Keep things light in the kitchen with a fun, spunky floor mat. ($6 at Dollar General)
You can never have enough greenery. Give a sense of calm to prospective buyers by bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside with these succulents. ($4.50 at Dollar General)
Give the bathroom beach vibes with a summery beach towel-inspired shower curtain. ($6 at Dollar General)
This bright throw pillow will add pop to any sofa or lounging chair. ($10 at Dollar General)
Shows prospective buyers the potential of a home office space with this effective desk lamp. ($1.25 at Dollar Tree)
Writer’s note: Some items listed are only available in-store and not online. In addition, some items have a minimum number purchase requirement in order to purchase them online.