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Staging a Home for Sale: 5 Essential Tips

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 24, 2019, 10:00:00 AM

How to stage a home for sale:

  1. Clear the clutter.
  2. Go for light and bright.
  3. Rent or remove furniture.
  4. Have your tile, grout and hard surfaces professionally cleaned.
  5. Let the pros handle your floors and carpets.

Are you thinking about staging a home for sale?

It’s a great way to increase interest in your house, but you have to know what you’re doing for it to be successful.

Sticking a plant on an end table and vacuuming the carpet won’t quite cut it.

You need more to hook the right buyers – the people who will want to make your house their home.

Here are five ways to transform your space and effectively stage your home for sale

1. Clear out the clutter.

This is one of the most important steps when staging a home for sale

A clutter-free house looks bigger and more spacious.

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All of the surfaces throughout your home should be cleared off.

Ditch the knick-knacks and personal items. But don’t stash them in closets. Potential buyers are sure to look there.

Box everything up and take the boxes out of the house. 

2. Go for light and bright.

Lighting – natural or not – is an important part of staging a home for sale.

Buyers like to see bright, well-lit rooms. 

Open all your blinds and pull back curtains before a showing.

Many people don’t think about it but make sure your lampshades and light bulbs are free of dust. It doesn’t look nice, and cleaning them will make your lights shine brighter.

3. Rent or remove furniture.

Remember, you want your home to appear bigger.

A good rule of thumb is to remove about half of the furniture in your home. You may have to pay for a storage unit if you have a lot of pieces.

If your own furniture doesn’t look great or you’re already living in your new place, you can rent furniture to make the space look comfortable. 

Remember: You want to go for a spacious look, but not sparse.

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4. Create curb appeal

The outside of your home is obviously the first thing buyers will see when they pull up to your home, so it MUST look nice.

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Here’s what you need to do to make the house look appealing:

  • Powerwash your home and the sidewalks around your home.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Your house number should be clearly visible and easy to read.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Prune your plantings.
  • Put out a welcome mat and some flowers.
  • Put some attractive outdoor furniture on your porch, if you have one.

5. Have your tile, grout and hard surfaces professionally cleaned.

Potential buyers are looking to make a significant investment in your home. 

As you’re preparing to sell, call in the experts to handle the grime and grit that has built up on your hard surfaces, such as:

  • Bathrooms.
  • Kitchen.
  • Bathtubs.
  • Walls.
  • Entryways.
  • Walkways.
  • Showers, shower doors, fixtures.
  • Fireplaces.
  • Floors.
  • Countertops.

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Only professionals can give your hard surfaces the level of clean that you need to attract buyers to your home.

6. Let the pros handle your floors and carpets.

When you’re staging a home for sale, don’t forget to look down – because the potential buyers won’t.

It’s all about making a good impression. And dirty floors don’t do it.

Get the deep-down clean that only professional carpet cleaners can provide. 

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You’ll be much more likely to sell your home by showing the visitors that you’ve taken good care of it.

Effectively staging a home for sale

The point of staging a home for sale is to make it attractive to a buyer.

Make the most of the opportunity by getting rid of clutter, brightening up the space, boosting the curb appeal, and having professional cleaners take care of your tile, grout, floors and carpets. 

When all of these elements are working together, you won’t have any trouble selling your home.

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