How to Stage Your Home to Sell

How to Stage Your Home to Sell

August 10, 2020
Preparing your home can have a serious impact on buyers – and we have the top staging tips.

Getting ready to sell your home? The overwhelming majority of homebuyers find that a well-staged house helps them visualize themselves living it in and making their own – 83%, to be exact.

Take a look at these tips for staging your house like a pro.

De-Clutter your Entryway

Your entryway is the first impression potential buyers will get when they enter your home. Make sure it’s clutter-free and looking spacious. This is where the new owners will envision themselves unloading after coming home, so make sure you have storage options or hooks on display.

Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More

Doing a deep clean can go a long way! Make sure your home is as spotless as it ever has been before showing it off to potential buyers. If you have visible clutter or imperfections (mildew, hard water spots, stains, etc.) buyers will likely associate them with problems with the house.

Keeping things squeaky clean also shows buyers you take care of the house, which is a major perk when you’re looking to move into a new home.

Avoid Personal Touches

Staging is all about striking a balance between helping buyers picture themselves in the space and providing a blank canvas that they can see themselves customizing.

Personal touches – like family photos, birthday calendars, or custom signs – are beautiful and can help make your house a home. They can also make it more difficult for potential buyers to visualize themselves in the house, so make sure you put personal items away during tours. This includes things like clothes laying out and personal items on bathroom counters, too. 

If you want to jazz it up a little bit, opt for a house plant or fresh flowers. This will add a nice touch without making it too personal.

Keep Things Light and Clutter-Free

As mentioned above, you’ll want your house to be just enough of a blank canvas that the potential new owners can see themselves turning the space into their home. Keeping things light, bright, and tidy can help you accomplish this.

Try to stick to neutral colors throughout the house. Again, it’ll provide a nice base for homebuyers to see themselves in. Plus, neutral tones tend to make the rooms feel more welcoming.

Focus on High-Impact Rooms

Certain rooms are more important to stage than others. Think of the most important rooms you want to see when you buy a house – living room, kitchen, master bedroom – and focus your energy there. Of course, you don’t want to ignore all the other rooms, but make sure you pay extra attention to the crowd-pleasers.

If you’re looking to sell your home and make a big move, contact a local mortgage professional in your area to learn about your financing options.