Staging Your Home

White dresser with painting of a flower on top

When selling your home, you want it to look its absolute best for the potential buyers who walk through the door and this is where home staging can help.  Home staging is a method of highlighting your home’s positive features while helping potential buyers imagine themselves living there.  Whether you are just getting ready to sell or are trying to add new life to a stagnant listing, consider the following ideas to help your home sell:

Stage where it counts:  Not all rooms are considered equal when it comes to home staging. You want to focus your efforts on the rooms that have the biggest potential to influence buyers’ decisions.  The rooms that hold the most importance for buyers are the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen.

De-personalize the space:  Home staging helps prospective buyers visualize the space as their own. Your home should have style and charm, but it should be devoid of personal touches that suggest this home belongs to the seller, not the buyer.  Start by removing any personal photos, keep clothes stored away and out of sight, and clear bathroom counters of personal items.   While it may feel different for the seller, clearing away personal items is extremely useful for helping buyers better connect with the property.

Remove clutter:  Clutter takes up space, and space is what sells.  Make your home look bigger and more desirable by editing down to just the basics by packing up the extras and getting them out of the house.  The less clutter you have in a space, the bigger it will look and the more appealing it will be to buyers.

Clean:  A clean home suggests to buyers that the current tenants took good care of the property, a notion that extends beyond the kitchen counter tops to the entire house.

Patch and repair:  Home staging is a good time to tackle the tiny nicks, scratches, holes, and other impurities that signal neglect to buyers.  The purpose is as much about showing potential buyers that you have put effort into maintaining the property as it is about making the place look nice.

Rearrange your furniture:  You want there to be as much open, walkable space as possible.  This helps buyers navigate the space while helping them better visualize their own furniture in each room.  Store extraneous furniture and focus on removing any oversized pieces or damaged pieces.  The remaining furniture should be arranged to make the room look and feel as spacious as possible.

Living room with soffa and two armchairs. Black and white photos are framed on the wall.

Staging a home does not require spending a lot of money – just making smart decisions to show your home in the best light possible.