5 Quick Staging Tips To Help Sell Your Home

Dated: 02/29/2016

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People tend to think huge dollar signs when they hear the word "staging," but, in reality, setting the stage for buyers to see your house does help to get it sold! The five basics for staging that you can do quickly are:

  1. Depersonalize your space. Take the refrigerator art, magnets, family photos, etc and pack them away (you're going to take them with you when you move, anyway, right?) The buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in your space and many cannot see past the personal touches.

  2. Maximize the space. A crowded closet just makes the closet look small. A huge dining room table with all the leaves in just makes the dining room look small. I think you get where this is going. My recommendation is to put a good portion of everything in your house into boxes that are going to be moved when you sell the house. Or donate the items to charity and enjoy the improved flow of energy in your house.

  3. Sanitize. Clean like your Mother-in-Law is coming for a visit. (Or your Grandmother, Aunt . . . you get the picture!) No dirty dishes left in the sink or on the counters. Clean the counter tops so there isn't a grime or film on them (yes, people touch a lot of stuff when they are considering which house to buy, and a grimy countertop is a huge turn-off.) Bathrooms should sparkle. If you have pets, make sure the kitty litter is clean and fresh, dog hair has been swept up, etc. A trip to the groomer might be just the ticket, too.

  4. Modernize. It's amazing what even the small things can do to change the look and feel of a place. Replacing the dated hardware on kitchen cabinets to brushed nickel or stainless steel can make a kitchen look like it is newer than it is (I had one house where the grime was cleaned off the cabinets and the hardware changed to brushed nickel and everyone thought it was a completely new kitchen.) 

  5. Neutralize. Fuschia and orange paint (for example) may be your favorite color combo, but if the buyers coming through your house don't agree, it can cause them to look elsewhere.  Or subtract a relatively exorbitant amount of money from their offer.  Paint is an affordable way to freshen the look and feel of the house. 

Finally, doing small things to "welcome" prospective buyers to the house can help a lot. Set the table. Put out a vase with fresh flowers in it. And then you can enjoy these things when you get home, too! 

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Diane Mitchell

I am a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and work full time helping people to achieve their dreams of home ownership or their dreams of selling their home or both. I love working with buyers and s....

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