Top 5 Tips for Staging Your Home

Staging your home is essential to receive the most money and also to sell it faster.   You want potential buyers and their agents to be “wowed”!   The single most important staging tip is having the home pristinely clean during each and every showing.  If you’re living in your home while it’s on the market, this will become undoubtedly burdensome but it is well worth the effort in order to sell your home for top dollar.  It may be a good idea to hire a professional service to come in and deep clean everything then take 20-30 minutes each day to maintain it.  Beyond the copious cleaning, these 5 low cost tips will help make your home an eye-catcher.

1. Cut-out the Clutter

It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they’re looking at your family photos, collectibles, and knickknacks.  Pack up all your personal decorations. However, don’t make spaces like mantles and coffee and end tables barren. Leaving three items of varying heights on each surface is suggested by Interior Designers to show scale, proportion, warmth, and to be inviting.  For example, place a lamp, a small plant, and a book on an end table.

2. Consider the curb appeal

Landscaping is a plus if it’s in your budget. At the minimum, lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or snow shoveled. Consider a hanging or potted plant for the entrance. Sweep the porch, deck and all walk ways and ensure garbage and recycling are tucked neatly away from the front of the house.  Scrub your front door, porch, outside railings and steps. This is cheaper than repainting and makes a world of difference. Once the outside entrance is clean, decide if the paint really needs a touch up.

3. Set the Scene

Lay logs in the fireplace, and set your dining room table with dishes and a centerpiece of fresh fruit or flowers.  Place a few pleasing decorations throughout the home—such as a chess game in progress—to help buyers envision living there. Make your bathrooms feel luxurious by adding a new shower curtain, towels, and fancy guest soaps (after you put all your personal toiletry items are out of sight).  Strategically place some potpourri, scented candles, or air fresheners in a few rooms, but avoid being excessive with it.  If you have pets, clean bedding frequently and spray an odor remover before each showing.

4. Rethink Your Furniture Layout

There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but many times that isn’t the case.  Instead, furnish your larger living spaces by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow guides buyers from one room to another.  Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.

 5.  Let the Light In

You most likely enjoy some dim “mood” lighting from time to time, but if you’re trying to sell your home, keep it bright! Dimly lit rooms tend to look small and dingy, particularly during the day.  Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light.  If you have an especially dark room, consider investing in a floor lamp that will bounce light off the ceiling. If your walls are dark, consider repainting to a lighter color. A cheaper and quicker alternative is to buy a small can of a lighter shade of your existing wall color, mix it with glaze and rub it onto the wall. It will reflect light and give the room a more open feeling.

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