Home Staging Tips

Home Staging Tips

Household clutter, outdated decor and unpleasant odors are just a few homebuyer turnoffs. When home staging is done right, it reduces a home’s flaws and maximizes its features.

DeClutter. It makes the rooms look bigger, creates a sense of calm and order, and helps potential buyers envision the home filled with their own belongings. Banishing clutter means getting rid of both the big things (awkward pieces of furniture) and small things (clothes, toys). Remember, viewers will be opening every door and touring your entire house, so don’t just move the clutter into the garage or a spare bedroom.

Fill an empty house. Potential buyers sometimes have trouble envisioning the home with furniture, so it is best to have some furniture in place. This helps the house actually feel like a home.

Think small. Small changes go a long way. Consider these easy upgrades to give rooms a refreshed look:

  • Switch out old lampshades with modern ones
  • Get rid of dark drapes and install simple wood blinds—they’ll let in more light
  • Add a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color
  • Replace old or dated light fixtures, light switch plates, and outlet covers
  • Buy new decorative pillow covers—or sew them yourself
  • Hang new artwork
  • Buy new ceiling fans—or spray paint the housing and/or replace the blades of the current ones
  • Fix running toilets, pipe leaks and door squeaks
  • Touch up chipped or smudged paint

Clean thoroughly. The details matter. Dust the blinds and furniture; clean the counters, sinks and windows; sweep and mop the floors; remove ceiling fan cobwebs.

Don’t over think it. You don’t have to be particularly creative to add special touches to a room. Put out large bowls of colorful fruit like oranges, apples and bananas. Arrange hardcover books on coffee tables and cookbooks on the kitchen counter. Fill baskets with decorative towels, scented soaps and moisturizers, and place them in the bathrooms. Keep decorative objects restricted to groups of one, three, or five. The idea is that items arranged in odd numbers are more pleasing and memorable than pairings of even numbers.

Be scent-conscious. The house should smell fresh—not like air freshener. The key is not to add aroma, but to get rid of offensive or stale odors. This may mean cleaning out the fridge, taking out the trash, doing the laundry, cleaning the garbage disposal, or changing the kitty litter. Opening windows and vents can help.