The Art Of Staging a Home To Sell

September 5, 2017

staging a home for sale

Ready to sell your home?  Is it a good time to sell a house? Time to stage it for tours, open houses, and other chances for prospective buyers to get a good look at the house. While open houses may or may not sell homes, it’s still a good idea for your house to be prepared for potential buyers at any time. When it comes to staging a house to sell quickly, there are a few tried-and-true tactics that will work best to make your house appealing to a prospective buyer if you need to sell your house fast.

The bottom line: Make your home clean, organized, and welcoming. That means hiding any clutter, putting away those family photos, and giving your house an overall facelift before inviting buyers through the front door.

Here are five tips for staging your home to sell:

Tip 1: Boost that curb appeal boost curb appeal to stage a home for sale

Before buyers even set foot in the house, you want to make a good first impression in order to help sell your home. Depending on the state of your home, this could be as simple as powerwashing the exterior or slapping on a new coat of paint. The key is to make it look clean and new(ish), so make sure the walkways and siding aren’t covered in a layer of moss, hang the house numbers in a place that is easy to spot and read, and make sure the porch feel welcoming. Some fresh greenery, either in the form of new landscaping or a couple planters on either side of the front door, is an easy way to add a surge of energy to your home’s exterior. Swapping out the exterior lights with fresh ones may be a small expense, but they’ll make your home feel on-trend and move-in ready.

Make living space impersonal when staging homes for sale

Tip 2: Make it impersonal.

Chances are, you’ve left your mark on your house. But when you’re trying to sell your home quickly, you’ll need to stage it so that prospective buyers can visualize themselves living there. Having family photos conspicuously hung, or kids’ artwork on the refrigerator, can make buyers feel like they’re intruding when touring your house. In the bathroom, especially, try to hide evidence of your personal hygiene habits – that means making sure there aren’t any stray hairs clinging to that shaving razor (in fact, toss the razor completely), and that the bar of soap is a brand-new one. And don’t forget to empty the trash cans!

Tip 3: Tidy, tidy, tidy.

Clutter can make your house feel smaller, dingier, and overall less inviting, while also distracting buyers from the space. Like the tip above mentions, the goal is to make your house into a space that a buyer wants to inhabit, and when that space is filled with toys or random items, they can have trouble envisioning themselves in the space. Plus, clutter is a big red flag that your home doesn’t have enough storage, which is a turn-off for most people. Rent a storage unit, invest in some chic bins – whatever you need to do, just make sure that you embrace the minimalist aesthetic before showings. 

keeping space clean when a home is for sale

Tip 4: Make use of those extra rooms. 

If you’ve been using that extra bedroom or screened porch as a storage area, now is the time to do some re-organizing. Buyers want to see the potential of every square foot of space, and having a room that is filled with mess downplays its possibilities. Instead, visualize how another family might use that space – as an office? A guest bedroom? A playroom? Put a couple inexpensive pieces of furniture in the space to match the chosen theme, and let your buyers imagine having an extra room rather than an oversized closet.

Tip 5: Follow your nose.

This is especially important if you have pets: Make sure your house doesn’t smell. Lingering odors can make the whole home feel unclean, dingy, and unwelcoming. Wash any linens that might hold onto an unpleasant scent, and wash any surface where pets may have left their mark. Light a candle, bake a tray of cookies – do whatever you feel is necessary to make sure your house smells homey, not stinky.

When staging your home, the goal is to make the most of what you have so that visitors can see its potential. While you may love certain things about a house, a stranger may have different needs for their living space – so be ready to re-style your home into a blank canvas for a buyer’s imagination. Your real estate agent can provide expert guidance and advice on how to stage your house to sell, and provide you with the best tips for selling your house, so rely on their wisdom!

  1. B Morse says:

    Preparing your house for sale is critical to getting the best offer.

  2. Your real estate agent should be able to direct you to a qualified home staging professional in your area. This article definitely has Great tips! Staged houses sell faster and for more than non staged competition.

  3. Michelle L says:

    As a home stager (property stylist) for the last 8 years, I have found no greater joy than transforming a house into a picture-ready property for the MLS. Not only does it help the seller to get top dollar but it relieves stress knowing their home is ready for that broad market of potential buyers to walk through. Most homes can be transformed in a few hours with just a restyling using most of the owners own belongings. Correct furniture placement is key. Investing in a property stylist that knows their stuff is a wise investment for anyone wanting to sell. Most real estate agents know this and offer their client someone free of charge to do the work or have recommendations.

  4. One must not judge book by its cover and do not judge a home by its cover either. Location, location, location! Look at the mechanicals and know the difference between structural defects and cosmetic defects. The latter is easier to fix and works in your favor.

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