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8 Tips and Advice for Staging a Home to Sell

8 Tips and Advice for Staging a Home to Sell

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Selling a home can get overwhelming. From buyers walking through your personal space to negotiating a price, there is a lot that happens during the sale of your home. That being said, the quicker you can get it sold, the better. 

One thing that helps sell your home faster is staging. Staging is the process of making your home more attractive to buyers through rearranging furniture, small renovations, cleaning, decorating, and more. 

Though there are a lot of professional staging companies, with just a few tips recommended by realtors, you can do it yourself! Here are the best tips and advice for staging a home to sell.   

1. Give the Interior a Facelift

There are several small renovation projects you can do to give the interior of your home an updated appearance. 

Firstly, remove any dated wallpaper. Dated wallpaper will turn off a lot of buyers. However, make sure you know how to repair drywall after removing wallpaper because no one wants to see the aftermath under the new paint. 

Other facelift projects include updating light and plumbing fixtures, switching out old doorknobs and cabinet pulls, fresh paint in modern colors, and fixing any small damages. 

2. Professional Cleaning

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Though it may seem like a no-brainer, cleaning your home is important for staging. However, cleaning for potential buyers is a lot more involved than how you may typically clean your home. A big portion of the cleaning you do should be decluttering. Clutter keeps the buyer from picturing their own life in the home and distracts them from what your home has to offer. Store away or donate any unnecessary items before you begin the cleaning process. 

After decluttering, we recommended getting a professional cleaning. Professional cleaning companies will target the areas you may never think of like the baseboards, above cabinets, and fixtures. 

If you do decide to do it yourself, focus on deep cleaning and don’t forget about areas that you don’t look in. Just because you don’t open that one closet very often, doesn’t mean that your buyers won’t look in there!

3. Focus on Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal refers to how your home looks from the road. Many buyers drive by a home before deciding whether it is worth walking through. Put some effort into sourcing up your curb appeal. You want your home to look welcoming and well-maintained. Take care of the landscaping, ensure there is a clear path to the front door, and place some welcoming accents like a mat. 

4. Consider the Window Treatments

The window treatments can be vital for staging in three ways. Firstly, nice window treatments can bring the interior design of your home together and help with the “facelift” discussed above. If you already have window treatments, you may want to open them up to let in natural light which will make your space feel bigger. 

However, keeping the curtains mostly closed in some situations can be helpful. For instance, if your home is near a major roadway, utilizing sound dampening curtains will help minimize the road noise since road noise can be a major problem for some buyers. 

5. Give the Appearance of Spaciousness

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No matter the size of your home, buyers want to see that it is spacious. There are a few ways to give the appearance of spaciousness even if you are working with limited square feet. First, decluttering as we mentioned before will help. 

If you are going to store those things away, be sure you do not overpack closets and storage areas. Having fewer items in those spaces is one of the keys to appearing spacious. That being said, if you need to store a lot away, consider asking a friend or family member to hold onto it until you get into your new home. 

Mirrors can also give the appearance of a bigger space as well as natural light as we mentioned above. 

6. Utilize Accents Wisely

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Accents are a great way to show off features around the home. For instance, in the bathroom, if you are trying to show off the black bathroom faucets, you will want to place an accent next to them like a small plant to draw the buyer’s eye. 

You should also use accents to curate a welcoming, comforting feel. A throw blanket or two, fresh flowers, a fruit bowl in the kitchen, a cute coffee table book, or a few plants can help the space feel lived-in without clutter or being too personal. 

Speaking of personal items, you should refrain from using too many personal accents like family photos so that the buyer can picture their own family in the space. 

7. Address the Floors

The flooring in your home will be looked at more than you might think when a buyer does a walkthrough. If you have hardwood floors that are all scratched up, you may want to consider refinishing them. Refinishing them will also allow you to pick the best interior wood stain for your space. When it comes to carpet and tile, you’ll want to make sure it’s in good condition as well and make any repairs or replacements as needed.  

8. Eliminate Odors

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Odors are a big turn-off for a lot of buyers. Oftentimes as homeowners, we don’t notice the smells around our home because we are “nose-blind”. However, strangers who have never been there will immediately notice any scents. Pick a nice clean neutral smell and utilize candles or scent products to place around your home. Be extra aware of odors if you have pets!

Staging Your Home Will Help it Sell Fast

Whether your home is big or small, old or new, staging is a must during a sale. With just these tips and advice you can sell your home fast. Even just implementing a few of these things will make your home more attractive to buyers. Sell your home fast with less stress just by staging!

Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.

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