home staging

Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Stage Your Home

By now you’ve already read up on my tips to avoid scaring away buyers, so I’ll spare you yet another blog post in which I start off by saying, “DE-CLUTTER NOW!” Wait. I just did. Again. Sorry. Tally up another one.

If you’ve ever seen those shows centered on flips or rehab homes, then odds are you’ve seen the trucks pulling up packed to the brim with items for home staging. By no means am I saying you need to do the same. In fact, the whole point of this post is to suggest working with what you have on hand already to make your home presentable to any buyer.

To pair up with the de-cluttering initiative, go ahead and also make sure everything is clean as it’s ever been. If you want to tackle this on your own, then make sure you get into those corners and scoop up the dust bunnies and pet hair. Given how much work you’ll need to do elsewhere in your home, you may even want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service to knock this out for you.

Assuming by now you’re 100% committed to getting your home sold, let’s consider those paint choices. For as many times as I tell potential buyers to look past any vibrant paint colors, it’s almost always the first thing they comment on when walking into a home. So, if your colors aren’t already neutral, consider taking that step before you list. After all, you want the home and the rooms within to catch their eye. Not the distracting paint color on your walls.

If you’re anything like me, then things just sort of accumulate by the front door. Shoes, jackets, hats, gloves, etc. Tuck those items away, preferably in the nearest closet, so as not to overwhelm the buyer the second they walk in through the door. The goal isn’t necessarily to make your home look vacant, but simply clean and clear of all distractions.

On a final note, if you’ve already ditched furniture you don’t plan to take with you on your next move, do what you can with the pieces you still have to make each and every room look presentable. For as much as I preach about de-cluttering, a room staged nicely with signs of life can have a much bigger impact than vacant, empty rooms.