Five “Must-Do” Home Staging Techniques

To sell your home quickly, staging is a must! But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your house showcase ready. These 5 simple tips can make a huge difference to buyers and may only cost you a can of paint and some elbow grease.

De-Clutter and Depersonalize72984037

During a showing home buyers are there to see your house, not your stuff. A cluttered home is a red flag to buyers that storage space is lacking and distracts buyers from actually seeing the home’s true space and potential. It is also important to remember that buyers are looking for a house that feels like home to them. Family pictures and other personalized items can make it difficult for buyers to picture the home as being their own. Many people have found renting a storage unit to store access furniture and clutter is worth every penny, given their house sold for a higher price and much quicker than expected.

Appeal to ALL Buyers With Gender- & Age-Neutral Décor

Staging Tip: Use gender and age neutral decor to appeal to all home buyers

When selling your home remember that you don’t know exactly who you are selling to. Keep things neutral and simple so the home will appeal to buyers whether they are male or female, a young bachelor or a retired couple. Think of how hotel rooms are decorated, neutral and clean. Paint the walls a soft, neutral hue and use simple bed coverings and curtains. Bold wall colors can be overwhelming and make a space appear smaller than it is, and patterns like floral or camouflage can be too strong and unappealing to certain buyers.

Use Furniture to Show Purpose and SpaceStaging Tip: In an open concept floor plan, use furniture to create separation to show purpose and space

When touring your home, potential buyers will be looking primarily at how they will be able to use the space and rooms. Clear all clutter and excess furniture and arrange furnishings to reflect how functional a space is. To avoid buyers becoming confused by extra rooms, give each room a clear purpose. For example, place a desk and bookshelf in a room to stage it as a home office. Open-concept layouts can also leave buyers puzzled when thinking about what to do with one large space. Group furniture to create sections; use couches and chairs to act as walls do and face them away from the dining table. Position furniture to make the traffic flow in a room practical and obvious.

Clean, Clean, & Then Clean Some More!


Prospective buyers are going to look at every room up and down, right to left, inspecting places you wouldn’t expect. Polish your appliances, clean inside cabinets and drawers, dust ceiling fans, vents, and blinds, you should even make sure your dishwasher and washer and dryer are empty and clean. Whether you decide to clean yourself or hire professional help, a clean house is vital. It gives buyers the impression that the home has been well maintained and cared for.

Don’t Forget Curb AppealCurb Appeal

Just like many people judge a book by its cover, many buyers judge a house by its curb appeal.  It is their first impression of the home and determines what kind of attitude buyers will have when entering your house. Poor exterior appearance can cause a buyer to right off the bat become doubtful and incapable of having an open mind. Major landscaping is not always necessary, but the lawn should looked nicely manicured with a fresh mow, trimmed hedges, raked leaves, and swept porches, decks, and walkways. A coat of paint on the front door and porch railings can also get the home looking clean and new.

Posted on August 21, 2013, in Home Decor & Design, Real Estate 101, Selling. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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