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Guest Post: Guide to Staging Your Home Before Selling

Posted by Mani Bagga on Thursday, August 19th, 2021 at 10:11am.

Guide to staging your home before selling

A beautiful living room with a lot of light in a home that's been staged

Staging your home before selling means making it as desirable as possible in order for it to sell quicker and for a better price. The point of staging is to highlight a home's best features, impress potential buyers, and sell it as quickly as possible for the highest feasible price. Not all sellers stage their homes, especially those in lower price ranges. This means that you'll have an advantage if you go the extra mile and stage yours. Here's how to do it without a lot of fuss and stress.


Not all rooms are equally important 

When it comes to staging a home, not all rooms are equal. You should concentrate your efforts on the areas with the most significant potential to influence purchasers' selections. This, of course, means that you should spend less time on the rooms that will have little impact. The living room, master bedroom, and kitchen are the rooms buyers pay attention to the most. Rooms with less effect are guest bedrooms, children's bedrooms, and restrooms.

A living room in a spacious home

Staging your house takes quite a bit of work. Don't spend your energy on less important areas.


Realize that the space is no longer yours

One of the most important goals of home staging is for potential buyers to be able to envision themselves in the space. The quickest strategy to do this is to start with a completely blank canvas. You want the house to have flair and charm, of course. However, it shouldn't have any personal touches. They would make it seem like it belongs to the seller rather than the buyer. Depersonalizing the house you once lived in will also help you detach, sell, and move on

Start by taking down any personal images, including framed photos on walls and surfaces, as well as anything hanging on your refrigerator. Keep garments hidden and out of sight, and keep personal objects like toothbrushes and contact solutions off of bathroom counters.


Decluttering is one of the most important steps when staging your home before selling

You can't have a successful open house with all your belongings displayed all over your home. Of course, before you get to the finishing touches of staging, you need to declutter your house as much as possible. Clutter takes up valuable space, and real estate is all about square footage.

Reduce the number of items in your home to only the essentials. This includes any out-of-season clothing, the majority of your décor (a few choice pieces can be kept if they're modest or minimalistic), papers, games, and pretty much anything else you don't use daily. By decluttering your home before staging it, you'll make it appear more spacious and appealing. You don't have to get rid of everything, but you should pack it up and get it out of your house.


Renovate and fix anything that's necessary

Staging your property is a great way to fix tiny faults like blemishes, scrapes, cracks, and other flaws that buyers see as indicators of neglect. Begin by assessing any possible damage that has been done. Keep an eye out for any spots that could use some love, and then spackle and caulk as needed. If you need help, consider hiring a professional to do this for you.


Neutral colors for the win!

This staging strategy takes a little longer and is a bit pricier. Nevertheless, it can make a big difference in your sale price and time on the market. Bright colors on the walls allow homeowners to express themselves, but they can also be off-putting to potential buyers. To stage your home so that it sells quickly, paint over any bright hues with neutrals like gray, white, and taupe. Bold tones can detract from a room's assets and are bold signifiers of the home's past rather than its future. Buyers may want vibrant colors, but a neutral home allows them to choose whether or not to do so.


A spacious kitchen that's furnished with a lot of neutrals

If you're staging a home, make sure to avoid bright colors.


Plan out your relocation

Of course, aside from staging your house and selling it as fast as you can, you also need to think about the relocation that awaits you. Especially if we're talking long-distance moving, you'll need to plan everything out in great detail. In this scenario, the best thing you can do is wait until you've sold your home before getting to the long-distance relocation. A great way to make things a lot easier on yourself is to find assistance for this task. Hiring the right company that'll understand your particular needs and help you go through this process smoothly is essential.


Curb appeal is all the rage

Even though it's imperative to make the most of your space by paying attention to the interior of your home, it's just as important to focus on curb appeal when staging. Nothing can turn buyers away faster than a weed-infested front yard or a rotting porch. Read up on some tips for making your patio look and feel luxurious and use them to set the right tone for what awaits potential buyers inside the house.


Arrange your furniture

Having an open and accessible walkable area is very desirable. This helps potential buyers navigate the space and imagine specific changes they're looking to make. Put any excess furniture in storage to get it out of the way. Focus on getting rid of any big, damaged, or mismatched pieces. As you can see, although home staging is all about going the extra mile and making your home look its best, sometimes less is more.


A beautiful vase on a wooden table

Using finishing touches to enhance the appeal of your home is a really smart move in staging.


Finishing touches are desirable 

Once you've mastered the art of staging your home before selling, think about adding some finishing touches to the interior. Adding fresh flowers, displaying a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter, or placing folded towels in the bathroom are all things that people enjoy seeing. Make sure not to go overboard. Keep everything minimal, natural, and light.


Whether you're a veteran or a newbie, these tips will come in handy when it comes to staging your home before selling. Let's go through some staging 101.



Guest Author:

Beatrice White
Assistant Editor

Marketing | Moving Offices San Diego

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