Staging Your Home for Success


Getting ready to sell your home? Appearance is everything. That’s where home staging comes in. Hiring a professional “stager” to prepare your home can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour. Here are some tried and true trips to get your home ready to sell!

Always be ready to show.  Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door.  Don’t leave dishes in the sink, make the bed, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling, and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners.

Curb appeal is vital to attracting buyers. This first view of your home that a buyer has is the most important. Studies show that a majority of buyers will not get out their car if they do not find your home’s curb appeal visually attractive. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers, update outside fixtures, and make sure the paint and siding are in tip-top shape. See my previous blog for curb appeal tips.

Stage rooms with one purpose so buyers will know what it is. Paint the walls a neutral tone and then furnish the room with a theme – spare bedroom, office, etc.

Bathrooms that sell. Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a home to prospective buyers.  A low-cost alternative to replacing dated tile is ceramic epoxy paint. Thoroughly clean the walls or, even better, repaint for a bright, fresh look. Pedestal sinks show off square footage in small bathrooms beautifully.

Fireplace facelift. Give your fireplace a thorough cleaning, scrubbing it with soap and water. Then, using a stone color enhancer, polish the bricks to make them shine. A centerpiece worthy fireplace is undeniably inviting.

Kitchen, kitchen, kitchen. Studies consistently show that the kitchen is the most important room in regards to selling your home AND the best return for your money in upgrades and updates. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint. Instead of replacing dated cabinets, stain them. Add new, complimentary hardware and you have an updated kitchen for a few hundred bucks.

Built-in bookshelves. Like a lot of the other tips here, you are going to have to take yourself out of the picture. Remove personal affects and replace with a sparse array of neutral objects.

Let the sun shine in. Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, add more interior lamps, and trim any outside greenery that may hinder sunlight from streaming in.

Less is more.  Cluttered rooms indicate to a buyer that your home lacks storage space. Pack up unnecessary items and furniture, and move items to your garage or a nearby storage facility. See my previous blog about how to de-clutter your home.

But more storage space is more! Ample storage space is a huge selling point for a home. Organize and clear out closets and your cabinets to visually enhance the storage you really have.

Incorporate some of these tips to get the most for your home. Taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price a seller might get for it, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Profile of Home Staging.

Have some home staging tips of your own?

I look forward to hearing from you!


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