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3 Top Tips to Stage Your Home For Sale

Updated on June 24, 2013

Staged Homes Sell Faster

Home staging is a rewarding process whereby you prepare and present your home in its best possible light to potential buyers. The very best way to get the highest sale price for your house is to help people imagine themselves living in the home. Numerous studies have shown that staged properties sell faster than homes that are not staged or improved in any way prior to going on sale.

Home owners must always remember that their home is a product, like any other. Although its one of the most expensive products someone can purchase, you can influence someone's perception of the house you are selling in order to get the maximum possible return, by properly preparing it. By Staging it for Sale.

Real estate agents are fiercely competitive when it comes to selling their homes so many now encourage sellers to "fluff up" their home in order to present it to as many people as possible. Sellers must be able to make their house seem unique and accessible compared with other houses in the local area that are also for sale. Remember most prospective buyers will look at many houses in one day. So ,if yours is unique and impressive then they will remember it long after all the others have faded in their memory.

Staging A House For Sale

Clean your house from top to bottom

The way we live in our homes and the way you sell it are two different things. The better your home shows the faster it will sell. Most people start packing after the house sells. Well, I'm here to tell you, you need to start packing before you even put it on the market. Lets get started with the big three: Clean, Clutter, and Color

There is nothing more revealing than the state of your kitchen floor. It's often a clue to the cleanliness of the entire house. Clean houses are appealing. They look better, and buyers assume a clean house is well cared for. When you stage your house it must be Q-tip clean.

Make sure you clean the baseboards, the floors, the inside and outside of the tub, the blades of the ceiling fan, the exhaust hood above the stove, and the vents in the hallway. Clean the top of the refrigerator, scour the stove, shampoo the carpets, wipe away the cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling and really clean those bathrooms.

Don't forget the outside! Power-wash the exterior walls, deck and driveway where needed, so they are spotless. First impressions are everything and the outside of the house is the first thing a potential buyer sees.

"You can't sell it if you can smell it" - Barb Schwartz

How To Sell Your House

Get rid of the clutter

Clutter comes home one piece at a time and eventually closes in on us. Clutter eats up energy. Clutter chews up equity. Let's make your house clutter free!

A cluttered house is stressful, and in America we are cluttered to death. Clutter is one of the biggest challenges in staging a house, but it can be done. Most homes come on the market with simply to much stuff in them. In the kitchen alone are tons of small appliances. Such as a toaster, a blender and a coffee maker that are all stored on the counters.

What is clutter? It's stuff your spouse wants you to get rid of and you refuse to let go of. It's newspaper, magazines, junk mail, Knickknacks and too many pieces of furniture in a room. Each space has its own energy and if its filled with clutter a buyer usually will not go in to look around because the energy is scattered.

By clearing out the excess stuff you open up the room. It will have a nice flow to it and feels inviting to the buyers. To declutter efficiently, tackle one room at a time. You want the buyer to see the space. Aim for flow and openness, so rooms look bigger. Make three pile one for items being tossed out, one for donating and one for things your keeping.

Staging You Home Using Color

Every home has its good points and color can bring them out. Painting is one of the least expensive ways to stage your house. It's not always necessary, but it does make a home look better than the competition. When you stage your home, each room should have a simple color scheme, and the whole house should be cohesive. Someone strolling from room to room shouldn't be startled by any of the colors.

The best wall color is so subtle that you may not even notice it, but something about the room just feels right. If the walls are in bad shape or the paint is unappealing or distinctive color, repainting is a must.

I prefer walls that are fairly neutral. Taupe walls with white crown molding always looks fresh. You can also use neutrals like putty or moss as long as the room have enough light in them. Pick a safe color that works with the carpet and floor covering in your house.

Let's talk about the carpet. Beige works well with most peoples furniture and should flow from room to room. Buyers respond to this expansive feeling. If your not good about choosing paint or carpet colors, then shop with a friend whose taste you admire.

Staging Sells!


Light, bright rooms

Clean rooms

Fresh, Uncluttered rooms

Home Staging

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    • writerkath profile image


      5 years ago

      We're actually in the process now! Just bought a couple of cheapo area rugs to brighten the living room, and will be working on this over the course of this year. THEN, the house goes on the market! :)

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      The very first home we owned sold before the sign was in the ground! We had it looking picture-perfect and that did the trick! Staging homes works!!!

    • gleken profile image


      7 years ago

      Some really easy common sense information in this lens

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Clean your house from top to bottom before putting on the market. Having a weekly cleaning service while selling is probably a pretty good investment.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. Clean your house from top to bottom before putting on the market. Having a weekly cleaning service while selling is probably a pretty good investment.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      I really like this lens. It says what my lens on staging says only it's more concise and to the point! I am adding it to my Featured Lenses module. Good job!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for these valuable information in home staging. This is surely helpful for those people who are planning to sell their homes.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens and very informative!


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