If you are listing your home, you’ll most likely want to stage it so it looks appealing to buyers. But if you have never staged a home before, you may not know what you’re doing! Here are our best and easiest tips for staging your home to get it sold.
When your home is on the market, you want buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home. This can be difficult to do if there are family photos on every wall. Stash these photos in a storage space, or pack them in a box so they are ready to go for moving day. Try not to toss them in a drawer where potential buyers can find them.
Similar to family photos, if you have art or knick-knacks that are personalized to you, take them down and replace them with neutral decorating pieces. Again, you want people to feel at home in your house and so let them focus on the home, not your decorating style. Ask your Realtor if you can borrow simple pieces to stage your home with. Many real estate agents have invested in a few pieces to keep on hand for their clients to use to improve the look of the home.
One of the easiest things that can make a home look staged is to set the table. Instead of using your everyday dishes and linens, opt for nicer things like cloth napkins, and a table cloth instead of placemats. Having a dining room table set gets people excited about future dinners they could be having in the home. Set out things like a bowl of fruit or a pretty centerpiece on the table to really make it look nice.
Another simple step to staging your home is to add fresh flowers in a couple of the rooms. Especially in the spring and summer, this adds life to your home that might not be there otherwise. If you don’t want the fuss of changing water in cut flowers, opt for a house plant instead!
As always, when listing your home you’ll want to clean. This means hiding any clutter like mail, magazines or any personal items. If you have a pet in your home, try to stash the kennel or pet beds in a closet. Knowing a pet has lived in the home can drive buyers away.