Home Staging Tips

When preparing to sell your home, it’s very important to understand the impact that staging your home can have on the successful or unsuccessful sale of your home. And staging isn’t just something that should be done before showings or open houses; you should stage your home before you take pictures for your listing. Many homebuyers hire a professional stager to make their home look more appealing to potential buyers, but, if you have the time and will to do it on your own, follow these tips from HGTV and The National Association of Realtors.

  • Curb appeal! The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see, so it’s important that your yard and driveway is free of clutter, that you’ve kept up with your landscaping, and that your entryway is inviting (add flowers)

  • Eliminate clutter. It’s good to do this every so often anyway, but if you’re preparing to sell your home, it’s especially important to de-clutter your home. You could have a garage sale to get rid of extra furniture, or if you aren’t ready to part with things, consider storing extra furniture and clutter in a storage unit.

  • Keep it simple. Too much furniture is a surefire way to turn buyers off to your home. Use a couple of core pieces to furnish a room and see how much it opens the area up.

  • HGTV recommends that you “float” furniture by pulling it away from the walls and creating clusters in a room. This helps traffic flow smoothly through the room.

  • Repurpose rooms that aren’t being used. You should never show your house with a junk or storage room; transform any unused, clutter-collecting room into a craft space, extra bedroom, sunroom, or other useful room for showings.

  • Keep it light. Curtains should be pulled back and blinds pulled up; natural light will make your home feel brighter and bigger. Also, all lights should be left on in the house during showings.

  • Groups of three tend to be more appealing to most people, according to HGTV, so arrange furniture, candles, and whatever else seems right into groups of three.

  • Remove overly personal items such as family photos so that potential buyers can really imagine themselves living in your home.

  • Clear countertops, table tops, and the front of your refrigerator for a clean, organized look.

  • Bathrooms should be spotless and look polished; hand towels and other accessories should be complementary colors.

  • Add some color! Neutrals are great for walls and large furniture items, but don’t be afraid to add some color and life to your home. Small simple items, like a decorative pillow or an artsy vase, can significantly liven up a room.

  • You can also add color and comfort by displaying plants and flowers inside.

  • Touch up paint where it’s needed.

  • Clean carpets, wood floors, tile, cabinets, and furniture.

For more tips on staging your home, check out Realtor.com and HGTV’s site.


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