How to Stage a Home Before Selling

How to Stage a Home Before Selling

Staging your home can help your home sell faster and for more money. When it comes to selling a home, it is all about appearance. This is what staging is about, making your home appear perfect for home buyers. You will want to stage your home before taking any photos for the listing.

Cleaning

The first thing you’ll want to do is to get rid of the clutter. A cluttered home looks smaller, and you want it to appear bigger. Box up all knick-knacks, out-of-season clothing, and personal items and store them. Don’t store them in closets. Potential home buyers will look in the closets, and you want the closets to look big.

The next step to staging your home is cleaning. Not just a normal spring cleaning, but a thorough deep cleaning from the floors to the ceiling. If possible, hire a cleaning crew to clean your home.

Stage the Living Room

According to a 2017 National Association of Realtors survey, 55% of the agents believe that the living room is the most important room to stage. Next are the master bedroom and the kitchen.

You can store your old furniture and rent new furniture for the living room. If this sounds like a lot of money, it could be worth it. Staging your home can add 1-5% to the offer price.

Make it Bright

You want your home to be bright. Before a showing, open up the curtains and blinds. If your lampshades are old and dull, or the fixtures are outdated, consider replacing them.

Even dusty light bulbs can limit the amount of light. Install new LED bulbs and play with different color temperatures that range from soft to daylight. Check the Kelvin ratings to choose the perfect lighting for your home.

Stage the Outdoors

Curb appeal is important since it will be the first thing home buyers will see. Staging the outside of your home should include:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Trim the shrubs
  • Power wash your home, sidewalks, and driveway
  • Clean the windows
  • Plant flowers
  • Add some potted plants on the front porch and have a welcome mat
  • Add some outdoor furniture to the front porch
  • Make sure the house number is easy to read