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How to Stage a Room to Sell your Home

Updated on February 3, 2017

Setting the Stage

The first thing you want to do is start with a clean slate. Remove all books, pictures, clutter and worn or unattractive furniture from your home.

That old, comfortable recliner, may be your favorite chair; but it will have to go for now. It is also important to air out your home and make sure the house smells clean and fresh.

No matter how beautifully you stage your home, no one wants to own a house that has a bad odor. So, clean the carpets and floors and steam clean any furniture that the dog or cat frequent.

Staging Tips

  • Add additional light to dark corners
  • Make use of mirrors to add depth to the room
  • Remove all toys that belong to children and pets
  • Arrange furniture in groupings for conversation
  • Add plants like ferns to add warmth and color to space
  • Use smaller furniture pieces, to give the appearance of a larger space
  • Don't place bookcases or furniture in front of windows, they block light
  • Accent the room with flowers, pillows, throws, in colors that pull the room together
  • Remove knickknacks from the shelves and bookcases. Knickknack are very personal, and some people find them tacky

Home staging
Home staging

Even you can Stage a Room

Did you know you don't have to be a design expert to stage a room? Home staging is the act of arranging and decorating a space in such a way to give it warmth, style, and beauty, giving the potential buyer a desire to purchase that home.

All you need is a little vision and some basic knowledge, and you can home stage like the pros! Home staging is created as to produce an immediate and profound impact upon walking in the door. It is the wow factor that can make the difference between a sale and no sale.

Potential buyers are less than impressed when they walk into the home for sale, that is not warm of inviting. When staging a property, It should be staged to give an immediate impact when buyers walk into the room and an all around general appeal.

How to Stage a Home for Sale

Size Matters

Measure each room and make sure not to use huge pieces that will make space look smaller. f you are staging a small living room space, instead of using a sectional, try a love seat and a two chair seating arrangement.

This method tricks the eye making the are appear bigger. Arrange the furniture so that there is a flow and easy to walk around. Also, make sure the furniture does not block a beautiful window view.

Window Treatments

When staging your home, window treatments are very important. They can add color, style and truly impact a room. When using window treatment you want to keep it tasteful and simple, avoid heavy drapes that tend to make the room look severe.

Use neutral warm colors that complement the color scheme of the furniture you have chosen. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can easily create a set of beautiful window treatment to accent the room.

Staging a Room to Look Larger

The Odd Room

When staging your home, you may have that odd room that is a hodgepodge of everything. It is the room you never got around to purposing or decorating. If you don't now what it is, potential buyers won't either.

It is up to you to give this room a theme or purpose and add potential value to your home. If you have a room that you have used for storage or the “junk” room, turn it into a home office, a large walk-in closet or nursery.

Do it Yourself

If you are up to the challenge and decide to home stage your home yourself, you should be able to find everything you need at a home staging rental store. If would be advised to do some reading on home staging to get some professional tips on how to do it right.

You will have the option to decorate in any style your want. It is best to keep design buyer neutral so as to appeal to a broad audience. Pack up everything you will not be using and put it in storage.

Professional staging
Professional staging

Should you Hire a Professional?

You will probably want to decides if you want to home stage your home yourself or hire a professional, to stage our home to sell. If you do not have the time or if you are decorating challenged, you may want to consider bring on an expert to help you home stage your home.

They have the skill and ability to be decisive and make quick work of your home staging project. Interview a few home staging companies and find one that you are comfortable with and does not put too much stain on your budget. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra, if is will cause your home to sell.

Curb appeal
Curb appeal

Curb Appeal

Don’t forget the outside of your home. Curb appeal is that special something that grabs you before you step in the front door. Curb appeal is a form of staging the outside of your home to give it a warm and invited presence.

Make sure of the obvious things. Cut the grass, clean up the front and back yard of all debris. It necessary, give the front steps and door a fresh coat of paint. If is also good to add color to the front of your home with flowers or flowering plants.


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    • msshandriaball profile image

      Shandria yanay Ball 6 years ago from Anniston

      awesome voted up

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      I love watching the before and after shows of staging and decorating on HGTV. One can always pick up neat ideas to assist in home decorating. Great hub with pointers on staging a home to sell. Thumbs up! :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love the staging TV shows to. If they did my house and I loved it, I think it would be hard to move.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love this home staging stuff. And I love watching the shows on TV about it. Isn't it sad that we will live in such a mess and only when we are ready to sell will we make it lovely. I suppose day-to-day living does require a degree of mess.

      Fun hub - thanks so much and thanks for the photos. Rated up!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      That is a great idea, bread or cookies. I love plants, bringing green indoors. Thanks for stopping by drbj!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, 2besure. Thanks for the informative tips on staging the sale of one's home. I also learned about two other things to do. Have green plants (alive) in your home and bread baking in the oven. The scent will help prospective buyers visualize, with more than one sense, the appropriateness of your house as their potential new home.