Category: How To Stage A House

5 Best Home Staging Tips To Stage Your Own House

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When getting your home ready to sell, there are plenty of home staging tips and tricks you can use to sell your house in a shorter amount of time.

You can spend a couple of weekends doing these easy little projects, and the rewards will be great when you’re able to sell for thousands more.

Here are some of my easiest home staging tips to help you stage your own house.

Curb Appeal

Focus on curb appeal to get buyers to stop and look โ€” you don’t want your house to be a drive-by!

Tidy up the yard, make sure the grass in nice and green and neatly mowed, and add some seasonal bedding plants in beds or pots by the entryway.

Get a nice new doormat with an updated, colorful design.

Clean up the porch or entry, polish up the house numbers, re-paint the front door if it needs it.

Declutter

Put away the day-to-day life stuff that gets in the way of showing off your house. Mail, leashes, shoes by the door, coasts and hats, and anything that tends to accumulate on tables and kitchen counters.

Next, take away any excess furniture that gives you home a crowded feel or an awkward traffic pattern. Sometimes we get used to having to walk around dad’s favorite chair, but would the space be improved without it?

Make space in closets and cabinets, too, since buyers will open doors to check out the storage situation. You can pack away seasonal items or pare down your wardrobe while the home is listed.

Closet space matters, so it you show the home with a stuffed closet buyers will assume the space is just not big enough, and it may become a deal-breaker.

Clean

Give the house a good thorough cleaning. Everything from baseboards to crown moulding, windows, floors, and all surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms. Everything should be bright and sparkly.

Freshly-cleaned homes feel great to walk into and they also make your home look its best.

Depersonalize

This part is a little sad for many sellers, but trust me it’s for the best.

You have to put away all of the personal touches like family photos, mementos, doll collections, monogrammed items, and anything else that gives your home a personal look โ€” you want it to look comfortable and appealing, and like people enjoy living here, but you don’t want it to look like *specific* people live here.

Does that make sense? It needs to look happy and beautiful but generic at the same time. That way it’s easier for buyers to imagine living there. Here’s an example.

A couple with a one-year-old daughter is looking for a place to raise their new family. When they look at the bedrooms, it’s harder to picture their life their when there are pictures of other kids, names of other kids, and a master bedroom that says someone else’s initials on the walls.

Yes, people can work around all that in their minds, but why not make it easier for them to get attached by giving them more of a blank canvas?

Decorate

The fun part. Don’t go crazy here, just add some nice little touches and splashes of color to liven up the room. Flowers, bowls of fruit, candles, healthy-looking plants, pretty throw pillows, and decorative mirrors all work well here.

Use these tips and see your home attract lots of buyer attention!

How to Stage a House

As a long-time staging consultant and home staging teacher, I pretty much talk about home staging all the time. I love teaching homeowners how to stage a house for sale.

One of the things that helps people new to the idea of staging understand the process is to just lay it out in a step-by-step format like a recipe.

It basically is the same thing as following directions โ€” just like a recipe.

So here are the steps in a simplified format.

How to Stage a House
how to stage a house

Declutter

This is pretty clear, and it includes everything from removing pieces of furniture that make rooms feel crowded to getting rid of that pile of mail and papers on the kitchen counter.

Once you have done a thorough job of de-cluttering, you can move on to the next step in staging your house.

Clean

Spring cleaning time! Clean everything. Cleaning is one of the most important keys to how to stage a house successfully. Windows, baseboards, light fixtures, everything you can think of.

Don’t overlook the carpets. Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a carpet cleaning service. You can find good deals if you shop around a little.

Do the same with your yard. Make sure all trees and hedges look tidy, keep the lawn mowed and watered, and pick up after your dog. Also, if you have kids’ toys or pet toys around the yard, keep them neatly in a basket or bin.

Depersonalize

This is the time to remove your family photos and mementos, decor and artwork that are very taste-specific, along with your collections, personalized items like signs with you family member’s names, etc.

Remove anything that makes your house look different from what you’d see in a home decor catalog. Meaning, make it look like people live here quite comfortably… but not specific people. ย This makes it easier for buyers to imagine living there.

This is a huge, very important part of the home staging process, so make sure to be thorough!

Quick Updates

Without spending much money (if you don’t want to), look at your house with fresh eyes.

Try to imagine seeing everything for the first time. Should you replace that shower curtain? Does the kitchen rug look a little worn? Are the throw pillows dated? Inexpensive updates that add color and new life to the house can add a lot of appeal.

Look around for easy targets that you can switch out to give your home some easy, inexpensive updates.

Lighten and Brighten

Buyers love light, bright houses!

When the home is being photographed, make sure to let is as much light as possible. Do the same for showings.

If you are selling in the fall and winter when it may be dark when buyers visit, add some new, brighter light bulbs in some of the fixtures (pay attention to the maximum wattage allowed for each fixture!) so the space looks bright and airy and cheerful.

Add Color

I like adding some pops of color to go along with the updates you may have made in step 4. A bowl of apples or oranges in the kitchen, some fresh flowers in the dining room or by the bed, a pretty scented candle in the bathroom… those are all good examples.

I hope this home staging to-do list has helped you learn how to stage a house.

Staging your house is really easy if you just go step by step ๐Ÿ™‚