Top Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

A few simple staging tips can go a long way in helping a home sell faster

When selling a home, appearances really matter. How you present your home to potential buyers can have an even bigger impact than you think. According to the National Association of REALTORS, 71% of sellers’ agents say a well-staged environment increases your sale price. Staging a home helps buyers imagine what the home could be, while an empty space can be uninspiring. Good staging creates an inviting, clean environment that people can picture themselves living in. Some sellers choose to hire professional stagers, while others prefer to stage their home themselves. Either way, it doesn’t have to be expensive to stage a home, and with the potential for faster sales and higher offers, it’s usually worth it. Here are some basic staging tips that make a big difference in increasing the perceived value of your home.

Start With the Front Door

First impressions are everything, so make sure your yard is neatly trimmed and the exterior of your house is in good shape. Pay extra attention to the front door. In one example on This Old House, the front door of a home for sale was a dull color trimmed with out-of-season holiday lights. Stager Debra Gould, of Staging Diva, got rid of the lights, added a fresh coat of white paint and some black trim, and finished with some new sconces that matched the door and added warm, inviting light. The house sold quickly for 96% of the listing price. People like feeling welcomed into what could be their new home, so make the entrance inviting.

Clear Away Clutter

This could be the single most important thing sellers can do to prepare their home for sale. The home should be clean and without any clutter on counters or tabletops, including family photos and all non-essential furniture. Less clutter makes a home look more spacious and removes the mental block for sellers that they’re in a home that isn’t theirs. Lori Matzke, of Home Staging Expert, says professional stagers usually pack away as much as half of the owner’s furnishings. She suggests boxing up and stowing away anything smaller than a football, and everything that isn’t needed on a daily basis. “Leaving just the bare minimum will create the feeling of more space,” she told Realtor.com.

Embrace Natural Light

Lighting plays a huge role in how welcoming a home looks and feels. Professionally staged homes are bright, and for many sun exposure is a selling point, so play up your home’s natural light. The Realtors at ATM Team suggest aiming for 100 watts of light for every 50 square feet, achieved with a combination of natural, accent and task lighting. If your home has fewer windows or less exposure than recommended, there are a few simple fixes that can create the illusion of natural light. In one recent staging, the ATM Team used wooden window boxes to make windows seem taller and larger than they were. This, combined with some living room furniture, increased the home value by 4%.

Go Neutral

Painting is one of the most basic—and most effective—things you can do to transform a home you are staging. Use one, neutral color for the entire home. It may seem unoriginal, but it creates a continuous feel and helps potential buyers envision it as a blank slate that they can make their own. If possible, apply this concept to decor as well. Justin Riordan, of Spade and Archer Design Agency, told Realtor.com that rooms full of similar tones are perceived as larger.

These are just a few simple staging tips to help you create a home that buyers can’t resist. That’s just one tool to help you increase your potential sale price, but experienced brokers and real estate attorneys have many more at their disposal. At Anselmo Lindberg and Associates, our real estate attorneys understand that there’s so much more to selling a home than paperwork. Contact us today to learn more.

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