9 Tips for Staging your Home

Posted on Jun 9 2017 - 4:41pm by Isabella

Living room after staging

Staging your home is a great way to help your home sell faster. Hiring someone to stage your home can cost upwards of $12,000, but there are tons of easy ways you can stage your home yourself, so check out our 9 tips below to get you started!

1) Declutter and Organize

Clean and organized closet after staging

The single most important thing you can do when getting your home ready to sell is to declutter it. Clear and organize drawers, closets and storage spaces, as well as bookshelves, tables and counters. This is the time to clear out that junk drawer and re-organize the closets (which will help with your move anyway!). Expect potential buyers to look everywhere, and this includes medicine cabinets and linen closets. Clear out any extra clutter, and consider buying some wicker baskets and lined containers to tidy-up storage spaces.

2) Clean-up the Bathrooms

The cleaner the bathroom, the higher the perceived value of your home. Peeling grout and lime stains suggest future repair projects to buyers, and can be a very fast turn-off. You should scrub grout, tiles, baseboards, toilets and shower. Don’t forget to clean all the hardware, including spigots and handles.

3) Include Bright, Warm-Lighting 

Lighting is very important in making your home look beautiful. Aim for a total of 100 watts for every  50 square feet of space, and try to use 3 different light sources in each room. The combination of different light sources will give the home a cozy, elegant feel.

4) Re-purpose Rooms

A home office

If you have a room or space that is currently just used for storage or junk, consider re-purposing it to showcase its potential. Do you have a small space at the top of the stairs that is filled with boxes? Consider placing a desk and a chair, and voila, you’ve got an office! Other options include creating a small home gym area, a meditation room, or a study.

5) Smell Matters

Got pets? Pets can leave undesirable scents around the house, particularly if you have litter boxes or cages so be sure to move these items to the laundry room or garage, and consider using essential oil diffusers or plug-in scents to make your home smell clean and inviting.

6) Consider Curb Appeal

Power washing a porch for staging

First impressions matter, and home selling is no exception. Be sure to clean-up outside your home: trim bushes, mow the lawn, and freshen up the paint. For example, a power washer is a simple way to give driveways, porches and decks a quick face-lift.

7) Showcase Your Tech

Does your home have a built-in security system? Motion sensors, cameras or remote thermostat control? It’s important to make sure that your realtor knows all the smart home features that are integrated into the home and that they are clean and and finger-print free.

8) Fill Your Home with Flowers, Herbs, and Plants

Herbs and plants on a kitchen sink

Fresh plants, flowers and herbs are a great way to make a home feel fresh, clean and vibrant. Cut flowers can get expensive over time, so consider potted plants or herbs to add some green to kitchen counters and side tables. Orchids and succulents look great on shelves and tables, and basil, sage, rosemary or chives all complement a kitchen window well.

9) Consider Virtual Staging 

Feel like your home needs too much work to make it presentable? Consider virtual staging for empty rooms, rooms that require extensive renovation, or spaces you simply aren’t sure what to do with. VHT Studios will place furniture and decorations in a room to make it look more appealing, but all the furnishings are computer-generated. It costs around $199 per picture but can be a great money-saver for rooms that need more of an overhaul.

5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Grecy Garcia June 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Flowers will surely eliminate bad odors that comes from litters and waste at home. It is important to have one and new every week. I never thought that there are lots to consider if you are selling your home. These are all great tips/

  2. Rina June 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Personally, I think the hardest thing to do is to declutter and organize. I take a lot of time to sort stuff!

  3. Kevin M. June 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I am staying with a cousin for now and his house definitely has everything on this list done. I just think he went overboard with the showcasing his tech thing. His living room looks more like an electronics depot showroom than what it is supposed to be.

  4. Maury Cheskes June 27, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Very informative article. Why hire someone to stage your home when you can do it yourself! Making sure the ventilation and water pressure throughout the house are up to scale is important too.

  5. Rain Santos-Ocampo June 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    These are really great tips and I swear by 1, 2, 3 and 6.

    Most people don’t really pay attention to these things sometimes when they actually make the home.

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