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How to Stage Your Home

Updated on February 26, 2014

Stage your Home for the Real Estate Market

When you put your house on the market, always consider staging it first. Potential buyers make their decision in precious few seconds so you have one chance to make a good first impression.

The first thing people notice is curb appeal, so make sure the outside of your home is well groomed, ie: the grass is mowed, the hedges trimmed and the flower beds weeded. A pretty flowering plant by the front door is a nice added touch, and make sure the outside entrance to your home is appealing. If the door is painted, it should look fresh. If aluminum, it should be dirt and fingerprint free. You have to make them WANT to walk into your home!

Indoor Scoop!

Once inside, make sure your home is clean and organized. Clutter is a huge turn off. Take down the family photos and make sure the bookshelves are organized. A few nicely displayed books and touches of simple knicknacks or vases of flowers are nice.

If you have beautiful wood floors but your area rugs are stained...roll up the rugs! You want to showcase those gorgeous floors!

How about the walls? Are they stained with grimy fingerprints or do they just look tired? If so, give the walls a fresh coat of paint or at the very least, wash the prints off!

Do your kitchen counters display every kitchen gadget available? If so. hide them!! You want your counters to look spacious, not cluttered with stuff that you only use "sometimes". If you have a center island, make it stand out by putting a vibrant bowl of fresh fruit, a vase of flowers or a pretty candle in the middle of it....

How about those refrigerator magnets and all those other things that make it to your fridge door? Take everything off the front of the refrigerator!!

If needed, rearrange furniture to make the rooms appear bigger and add touches of green, like houseplants. Plants warm a room, as do candles. Adding some up-lights behind or in your plants will add a cozy touch, especially at night.

Colorful throw pillows displayed on sofas and chairs will add flair to solid fabrics.

If you have a fireplace, light it... and make sure the mantle is uncluttered. You want their eyes to focus on the fire and how nice it's going to feel on chilly nights

When people look in your bathroom the last thing they want to see is your toothbrush, deodorant or hairbrush on the countertop. They don' want to see your pajamas, underpants or wet towel on the bathroom floor either. In fact, the bathroom should not have anything personal on the counter tops, but a lit scented candle and maybe a small vase of flowers is always nice. Make sure everything is sparkling and that it smells good!

Bedrooms should be clutter free as well, and don't throw everything in the closet because they're going to look there too! Make sure the bed is made and tossing a few throw pillows on it for added decoration won't hurt! The bureau tops should be empty of personal items. All family pictures should be taken down. Again, some sort of plant or fresh flowers and a candle is inviting.

All in all, when you're staging your home, you should de-personalize it, but at the same time, give it character and bring attention to anything unique that your home has to offer. People need to see the house for what it will be to them, not as your home.

Hope this helps anyone with their home on the market....and good luck!


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    • moonfairy profile image

      moonfairy 6 years ago

      cat on a soapbox, thank you and you are exactly right, fresh, warm and appealing will sell a house=)

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      moonfairy 6 years ago

      thank you for your comments. Although many homes don't need staging, there are many that do. Unfortunately not everyone who walks through the door walks in with an open mind, they just see what's in front of them. Homeowners aren't obligated to get their homes staged, it's usually their personal decision. I do home staging and I'm very careful and considerate with my clients...I even take them shopping with me, if need be. They are included in the process every step of the way and are usually quite happy with the end result. They can do as much or as little as they want, it's really their choice. The fact of the matter is, a lot of times, if you truly want to sell in a hurry, you must make sacrifices to get it sold.

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Moonfairy. I think the main thing is that a house be fresh, warm, and appealling. Good tips!

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Your hub is good, but it's filled with info from HGTV that is misguided. They make it sound as if when a buyer is looking for a house, they will find one where each room is the correct color, they will have all floors and carpet they love, and doorknobs they adore. The backyard will have all their fave plants. This is utter nonsense. Although the seller should have the walls freshly painted and have the house clean, buyers are living in an alternate reality if they think the seller is going to spend all this money "staging" a house to tastes of maybe 100 buyers that may come thru the house. The seller is still living there, and does not have to take down all their pics or children's artwork. They have no obligation to take down their light fixtures because the buyer thinks they are "dated." Chances are the seller will spend thousands trying to appeal to an unknown buyer with unknown tastes, all for nothing. An educated buyer has to be able to picture themselves in the home, but not think the seller is going to do all the work. The buyer is the one who has to paint in colors they like, buy the right flooring (unless what's there is filthy or defective) and the back yard will be a blank slate. I like HGTV, but I think, as a realtor, it's giving buyers a false idea they will waltz into a perfect house and not have to lift a finger to personalize it. It's the other way around.