10 Must Have Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Staging your home is an important part of the selling process. Potential buyers want to walk into a home and picture it as their own. Here are our best tips for getting your home ready to sell!

1. Set the Impression

Prospective buyers will make assumptions about your house before they even get inside. Amp up your curb appeal with some small changes, such as painting the front door, trimming the shrubs, planting flowers, or replacing the mailbox.

10 tips for staging your home

2. The Kitchen is a Deciding Factor

The kitchen can either make or break it for the chef in the family. Your best investment is to update all the appliances and faucets. However, don’t go overboard and remodel your whole kitchen; that can take a long time and you may not see a return on your investment. Most people see the kitchen as the heart of a home, so make it a place for people and not just for cooking.

10 tips for staging your home

3. Gray is the New Beige

Neutral walls provide a blank canvas for decorating ideas. Some people can’t get past bright colored walls even if it is an easy fix. Stick with lighter shades throughout your whole house to give it a fresh look.

10 tips for staging your home

4. De-clutter

This is especially important if you have been in your home many years. Taking out half of your items and even some furniture will make your rooms look larger. Sounds like a hassle, but you’re moving anyway, right? Storage units are easy to rent and many are temperature controlled if you need it.

10 tips for staging your home

5. De-Personalize

Replace family photos with art and hide any personal objects. Although these things can make a house feel like a home, buyers want to envision their own decorations.

10 tips for staging your home

6. Natural Lighting

Windows add value to your home, so show them off! Remove any bulky blinds or outdated window treatments. Natural light makes your home feel fresh, clean, and airy. Simple flat panel window treatments in a linen or white will make the space feel light and airy.

10 tips for staging your home

7. Decks & Patios

Outdoor spaces are great for potential buyers because most people want to entertain at their new house. Give your patio or deck a face lift by cleaning old furniture, restoring the wood or tile, and adding plants.

10 tips for staging your home

8. Pedestal sinks in small bathrooms

Replacing your current cupboard sink combo with a pedestal sink can really maximize the space in a small bathroom or powder room. This is a quick update that will be sure to impress home buyers.

10 tips for staging your home

9. Clear your closets

Buyers want lots of storage, and it’s hard to see storage when it’s all being used up. Take out everything you won’t need until you move to make your closets appear larger.

10 tips for staging your home

10. Clean, clean, clean

No one wants to see a dirty house; they want to see a sparkling one. Deep clean all the spots you’ve been skipping since day one, and keep it that way because you never know when a potential buyer is going to want to look at your home.

10 tips for staging your home

Still having trouble getting your home ready to sell? Remember, the KISS rule…keep it simple, sweetheart!  Simplicity is best.

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