8 Staging Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Give potential buyers a clean canvas when you’re trying to sell your home. Use these home staging tips to lure prospective buyers into making a deal.

By Stephanie Hell

 

Most likely your home has a lived-in look after all the years you’ve been there. We’re all too busy to keep our house looking as fresh as when we first fell in love with it. Keep in mind that your prospective buyers want a fresh new home, too. After all, the lived-in look is what they’re trying to leave behind. Inviting them into a sparkling clean house also invites them to make an offer quickly. Use these helpful home staging tips to lure in serious buyers. 

 

Increase Your Curb Appeal

Now is the time to spruce up the first impression your potential buyers get at your house. Pressure wash the outside walls, sidewalks, and driveway. Repair any obvious cement cracks.

 

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Clean windows inside and out. If you have a front porch, even just a small one, make sure it’s spanking clean and repaint any trim if needed. Fill in yard gaps with plugs or small sod pieces, and plant or pot plenty of blooming flowers.

 

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Backyards

Keep in mind that buyers are looking for a lifestyle, not just the home. If your backyard needs repair, you’re signaling to the prospective buyers that they’re in for many weekends of yardwork.

 

Repair as needed, and remove any old or dying shrubs. Adding a hammock, outdoor tables, a tiki set up, chairs, and additional flowering plants signal your future buyers that they’re in for many relaxing days ahead. 

 

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De-Clutter Your Home

This can be one of the toughest parts of staging. We’re all so used to nesting in our favorite rooms, we hardly realize how much junk we accumulate. Clean everything out and box it up. This will save you lots of effort when moving time comes.

 

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If you have a spare room you’ve been dumping everything into, clean it out to the bare walls and floor. It’s easy to stage as a spare bedroom or office with a few pieces of borrowed or rented furniture.

 

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Organize Your Closets

Every real estate professional will tell you that prospective home buyers will open every single closet you have. The best way to plan for this is to simply leave your closets open. Not only will this help get some fresh air in, but you’ll see for yourself if it’s appealing or not.

 

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If you can’t see the walls behind all your clothing and shoes, it needs to be seriously cleaned out. Box up seasonal clothing you’re not using along with the Christmas wrap, scrapbooks, and worn-out shoes. Linen closet contents can be pared down to just what you need as well.

 

Open Up Your Floor Plan

By removing some furniture in the living space, you can then group a few seats pieces along with a table in the center of the room. This opens up space and offers a friendly conversation area. Note: Professional stagers often remove up to half the furniture in a home before listing it for sale. 

 

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Lighting

Change out all of the bulbs to the highest appropriate wattage for showing times.

 

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The rule of thumb is to have both overhead lighting and a lamp on every side table in each room.

 

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Neutral Tones

The deep green you have in your bathroom is fine, but when it comes to the bedrooms and living spaces, neutral tones work best. Just because you graduated from eggshell white a long time ago doesn’t mean your buyers have.

 

There are many more choices than plain old beige, and matching wall colors with window treatments can also make a room seem larger. Dress up the master bedroom with soft textures, and add a cozy blanket and tray table on the bed.

 

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Accessories

A large dining room table with nothing on it can seem overwhelming. Although you don’t need to add a huge floral arrangement, try using smaller accessories such as candles or a vase with flowers.

 

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If you have outdoor tables, cover them with tablecloths and a small potted flower or citron candle.

 

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The great thing about your real estate professional is they’ll give you feedback to assure your place looks beautiful and move-in ready. Take their advice to heart. After all, what matters most now is what your future buyer wants!