Tips for Staging Your Home 

  • Make the right first impression
    • Buyers decide in the first 8 seconds whether or not they want to buy your home.
    • Paint the front door and trim.
    • Hang a wreath on the door.
    • Add potted flowers (flowers in front say this is a happy house).
    • Fertilize the grass to make it bright green.
    • Put fresh mulch around the bushes.
    • Fix the doorbell if it’s broken.
  • Let the sun shine in!
    • After location, light is the second most quoted reason why a buyer chooses the house.
    • Replace light bulbs with higher wattage.
    • Trim back shrubs that block window light.
    • Paint the inside walls white.
    • Put white slipcovers over all dark furniture.
    • Put up lights in each corner of the major rooms.
  • Remove clutter
    • People can’t visualize themselves living there when they can’t see past the clutter.
    • Store half your “stuff,” including knick-knacks and furniture.
    • Remove personal objects like family photos and children’s artwork.
    • Remove all objects from closet floors.
    • Put half your clothes into storage.
    • Make your linen closet meticulous; people judge hidden wiring and plumbing by how neat your linen closet is.
    • Hide all electric cords and wiring.
    • Eliminate unhealthy plants.
    • Put fresh sheets on beds with four extra pillows.
  • Send kitty to Grandma’s house
    • People buy with their eyes and their noses.
    • Remove kitty litter, dog beds and other smelly pet items.
    • Warm a few drops of vanilla inside the oven door.
    • Smoke outside; remove ashtrays.
    • Open all windows an hour before the buyer arrives.
    • Keep the trash can clean. 
  • Freshen the kitchen
    • The kitchen is everyone’s favorite room in the house.
    • Clean all countertops.
    • Replace cracked, scratched or broken appliances.
    • Re-grout the tile.
    • Wax the floors.
    • Update kitchen knobs.
    • Paint or replace cabinet fronts.
    • Put in a window; it can increase the value of your home by ten percent.
  • Clean the bathroom
    • No one wants to move into your bathroom.
    • Scrub the walls and floors.
    • Clear off all shelves and put away personal items.
    • Re-grout tiles and replace caulking.
    • Hang a new shower curtain.
    • Buy fresh hand towels and rug.
    • Replace old soap.
  • Add color
    • Touches of yellow and other warm colors say “welcome home.”
    • Buy new throw pillows for the sofa and bed.
    • Add a fresh ficus tree.
    • Define areas with colorful rugs
  • Don’t empty out the house
    • An empty house makes the seller look desperate. Buyers generally don’t pay full price for an empty house. 
    • In addition, empty rooms look smaller.  Rent or borrow furniture if you need to in order to make the home
    • look lived in and give buyer a sense of space.