Top 15 Home Staging Tips

Do you want to place your home on the market, but don’t know how to present your home to prospective buyers? If you don’t have the budget for hiring a professional home stager, you can do the home staging yourself. These top home staging tips will help you sell your home in no time!

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Home Staging Tips

This is a quick reference of my process on how to stage your home for sale. I will also explain why this works to sell your home for top dollar and feel organized and in control of your new chapter in your life.  Yes, this process comes with a splash of therapy so get ready!

Many sellers want to know how to prepare their homes for sale quickly and profitably. If you want to learn how to stage your home for sale, follow these steps to make your home interior look more appealing to potential buyers. These are the best ways to maximize space, so you get top dollar when selling your home.

Define Spaces

When a potential homebuyer walks into your home, they are wondering if all their things will fit in your home. They go into vision mode picturing their couches, coffee tables, dining room tables, bookshelves, beds, linens, clothing, kid’s toys, and bicycles in your home.

Do you know one of the fastest ways to get your home sold? Make it look spacious.  Do this before your first open house or take pictures to put online and remove one of the most significant barriers to potential buyers making an offer.

How your furniture is arranged in your home can keep buyers from making an offer. They could love the neighborhood, school district, and the exterior of your home but get confused when they walk in.  Confused people don’t buy. 

OPEN CONCEPT

If your home has an open-concept floor plan, it’s really important to use furniture and decor to define the purpose of every space. This is especially crucial if you have an open concept space. I think of kindergarten, where it’s a large room, but the teacher creates zones for everything.

Add an area rug in the living room, place the coffee table on it, and arrange the sofas around that.  A beautiful chandelier over the table creates a defined area for your dining area. The time you take to define each space allows your potential homebuyer to see how they can arrange their furniture and make the space their own.

DOUBLE DUTY ROOMS

Have you been using the dining room as your office? Is that extra bedroom a catch-all? If so, you’re telling potential buyers the house doesn’t have enough space.   Decide on a function for each room, remove anything that doesn’t fit, and arrange the room to look as spacious as possible.  Get yourself some totes or boxes and get those items out of there.

Declutter

Maximize your space by minimizing the clutter. Do this before your open house or make appointments for potential buyers to tour your home. Homebuyers will open cabinets, closets, pantries, and storage areas because they need to know if they have room for their stuff.

Start at your entryway and walk through your hallways, kitchen, closets, and junk drawers, looking at them differently. This walkthrough will give you the perspective of someone seeing your home for the first time.

Make a list of surfaces you need to clear off to make your home look more spacious. Get bins or boxes you label and stack neatly in the garage or storage unit. Have garage sales, donate, throw away, or give away items in the way of selling your home fast.

Use a Minimalist Approach

Maximize your space by minimizing the clutter. Do this before your open house or make appointments for potential buyers to tour your home. Homebuyers will open cabinets, closets, pantries, and storage areas because they need to know if they have room for their stuff.

Start at your entryway and walk through your hallways, kitchen counters, coat closets, and junk drawers, looking at it from a different perspective. This walkthrough will give you the perspective of someone seeing your home for the first time.

Make a list of surfaces you need to clear off to make your home look more spacious. Get bins or boxes you label and stack neatly in the garage or storage unit. Have garage sales, donate, throw away, or give away items in the way of selling your home fast.

Fresh Coat of Paint

If it’s within your budget, painting the walls in every room of the home can help freshen them up and cover up any holes and dirty spots on the walls. Paint with neutral colors so you can attract the most amount of buyers.

Accent Wall

Want instant drama that will stop homebuyers in their tracks? Add an accent wall. Choose a stunning paint color, add shiplap, wood slats, or wallpaper to create drama without adding more furniture. This action will instantly level up your home and give it that designer touch.

Floating Shelves

In the bathroom, where storage can be a premium, instead of hanging a cabinet with a heavy look, install floating shelves that can bring a light and airy look to your space. You can carry this feeling of open space throughout your home by using floating shelves in the kitchen, above the sofa in the living room.

From glass to wood, you have both functional and beautiful options while also adding a designer’s touch.  Then remember to go minimalist when adding decorative or functional items to the shelves. Less is more.

Pantries

Purge old items and make packing easy.  This is also an area home buyers look at.  Kitchens are important and the storage space within that kitchen is as well.

Remove Clutter From Closets

Purge items that you know you will not use again. Items in excellent condition good can be sold online, or you could host a garage sale.

Garage sales make a profit, but it is also a perfect opportunity for potential buyers to get the word out a new home is coming soon to the market. It also allows you to give away to Goodwill or your favorite charity in need of items.

Organize the Under Cabinets

Most of your cabinets and drawers need some storage organizers, which are just an Amazon order away!

Organize the Garage

Follow the same process for your garage. It’s a great way to organize, purge and donate.

Decorate with Mirrors

Strategically placing mirrors in suitable spaces help make a room feel bigger.  Once you’ve removed the clutter, use them to brighten up a home that doesn’t have enough natural light. 

Try replacing that gallery of family photos on the wall with a large mirror or prop a floor-length mirror against a wall to make your space feel taller. Have a wall at the end of the hallway? Add a floor-to-ceiling mirror to brighten and add the illusion of space. 

Update Window Treatments

It’s time to update your window treatments in a way that will allow light into your home. Ditch the heavy draperies and install a set of light and airy curtains. Open the windows and let the outdoor light into your space.

And those mirrors we just talked about, since natural and artificial light bounces off, also come in handy when showing your home after the sun goes down or on a cloudy day.

Install New Light Fixtures

Then look at your indoor lighting.  It can make your room look bigger, cleaner, and more spacious when used well. Like your furniture, strategically placing a vertical floor lamp in the corner or a lamp on the side table can make your home look spacious.

There you have it. Whether you’re selling a condo, townhome, or single-family home, use these tips to maximize the square footage and increase the look of space in your home. 

Not sure where to start? Give me a call.  I’ll show up, clipboard in hand, to ensure you get the asking price for your home by helping you transform your home into a bright, airy, spacious home buyers will feel right at home.  That’s what will help your house sell fast. 

Add Some Landscaping

Planting some flowers and shrubs can add to the home’s curb appeal.

Bottom Line

These home staging tips seem simple but will keep you busy for hours and make your move an easier transition. More importantly, it will add more money to your bottom line.

Most people do not have the ability to see beyond the clutter.  Allowing them to see minimal amounts of stuff increases your chances they want to make it their home.

If you’re looking for a listing agent to help you place your home on the real estate market, you can learn more about how I can help you sell your home here.