Staging your Home for Sale

Staging your home for sale is about more than just decorating; it’s about turning your home into an attractive product for prospective buyers. Many homeowners choose to hire a professional to stage their home, but you don’t need to be a professional to stage your home effectively. If you’d like to give it a try yourself, follow some of the tips offered by professionals below:

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Clean, clean, and clean some more

Nothing turns buyers off faster than an unkempt home. You need to deep clean everything in the house, especially the areas that get the most traffic, before you can even start thinking about staging. Nice furniture and carefully-placed houseplants won’t make much of a difference if there’s grime on the walls. Take your time and methodically clean all surfaces one room at a time, especially areas that don’t get cleaned as often, including door jams, the top of bookshelves, behind the toilet, and underneath kitchen appliances. Cleaning your home also provides a great opportunity to inspect for any small signs of wear-and-tear, such as peeling paint or worn carpet. Make sure you take note, and touch up these areas when you’re done cleaning. If you feel pressed for time, consider hiring a professional house cleaner. Their services are often quite affordable, and their expertise can help take your home to a new level of clean.


You want your home to appeal to a wide range of buyers, not your friends or family. Help others see themselves living in your home by removing all personal and dated items, including photographs, children’s artwork and memorabilia. Collector items, pet supplies and souvenirs should also be packed away, as should small kitchen appliances, linens, shoes and toys. You don’t necessarily need to keep these items in storage — just pack them neatly in boxes and store them in a corner of the garage or tucked away in a closet.

Don’t forget the yard

Curb appeal is very important, but you don’t need to hire a landscaper to make a good impression. A few simple garden tasks and some nice potted flowers usually do the trick. Start by clearing your yard of weeds and debris, and lay down fresh mulch on your garden beds. Prune trees and shrubs, and set out a few attractive planters with blooming flowers around the entrance to your home. Make sure to also keep your lawn watered and mowed while your home is listed.

Get decorating

The fun begins when your home and yard is clean and free of clutter. As you touch everything up before your open house, consider staging your home for sale by following these tips from the pros:

  • Fill in empty spaces with houseplants planted in wicker baskets or decorative pots
  • Set the dining room table with nice dishes, linens and silverware, and finish with an attractive centerpiece
  • Use as much natural lighting as possible, lighting up dark corners with lamps if needed
  • Light your fireplace in the fall and winter to make the home feel warm and inviting
  • In summer, turn on the sprinklers for five minutes, thirty minutes before the open house begins to make your yard sparkle
  • Make a small room seem larger with a nice framed mirror on the wall