Home Sweet Home: Five Design Tips for Staging Your House to Sell

by Guest Author on June 24, 2013


Most real estate agents can tell you what factors will help your house sell quickly, and they will sometimes recommend a home stager to help you prepare to put your house on the market. Professional home stagers determine your home’s flow, clear clutter, rearrange furniture and may even spruce up the exterior for greater curb appeal. If you don’t want to hire a professional stager, there are many things you can do yourself to prepare your home and enhance its appeal. Try these five design tips to stage your home to sell.

Remove Clutter

This is probably the most important thing any stager will recommend. Unnecessary stuff distracts buyers and prevents them from imagining their own belongings in the home. Be ruthless about clearing clutter. Get rid of almost all accessories and keep the remaining ones in tidy groups of one, three or five items. Remove some furniture from crowded rooms to make the home appear more spacious. Get rid of old, damaged or unsightly pieces. Clear off the kitchen counter tops and remove all the magnets and photos from the refrigerator. Remove personal items from the bathroom counter tops and shower stall.

Clean Everything

After you have removed all clutter, the next step is to paint, patch and scrub. You need a clean home to work with when you create your staged space. Paint the walls, clean the carpets, and shine the kitchen and bathroom tiles, even make the windows sparkle.

Rearrange and Accessorize

Remove most of the older, more used pieces from the house and rearrange the remaining furniture. Depending on what’s left, you may need to add pieces to create pleasant room groupings. Use area rugs to define large spaces. You can also use fabric in coordinating colors and patterns to create pretty headboards, throws for sofas or beds or on chair seats.

Don’t Forget the Outdoors

The outside of your home is just as important to stage as the inside. Clean up the yard and remove all trashcans, yard waste, and clear out your Home Gutters. Remove dead plants, prune the shrubs and weed the flowerbeds. Keep the yard freshly mowed.

Create a Show

The final part of staging your home is creating an appealing atmosphere for potential buyers. Leave on all the lights or install a light timer. Try to leave all blinds and curtains open or use sheer curtains and have soft music playing. Waft in a light fragrance with a flame-less candle or other dispenser. Finally, keep fresh flowers on the tables and change them regularly.

These home selling tips and article provided by Brooke Chaplan.


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