[Estimated read time: 6 minutes] - Originally posted May 23rd, 2017
What is Staging a house?
Staging a house is when you carefully, and strategically prepare the interior of the home so it is ready for the market and exposure. Transforming the house so it is appealing to a larger group of buyers and not one's specific taste. There are many different tips, tricks, and techniques for staging a house. Below we will go through some easy, how to stage a house tips to help you get your home ready to sell.
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How-to Stage a House
When selling your house it is important to have the house absolutely perfect for the photographer. Because of the 90% of home shoppers looking online - this is likely the 'first' showing. Statistics also show that a staged home makes it easier for a Buyer to visualize the home. Below are easy to follow tips to staging a house to sell quick - even if you are on a staging budget.
Tips to Staging a Living Room
- Go through your house and remove any unnecessary furniture to help open up each room.
- Pull furniture away from the wall in certain rooms such as the living room to help create more space.
- Consider replacing old dark curtains with newer, lighter colors to bring more light into the room.
- When hanging pictures, group smaller, like kind art together.
- If you have cords and wires showing from TV’s, receivers, lamps or any other electronics. Consider tucking cord's away so they are not visible.
- When staging a home, you likely hear the word de-personalize. One way to do this is to pack away any family portraits you have around the house.
- A lot of households have magazine racks that are packed with old editions that never get looked at. Pack them away!
- When looking for ideas to staging a living room, you will notice that walkways don't usually look bare. Consider adding a long narrow rug to fill in the empty space.
- When hanging art throughout the house, hang the largest artwork on the largest wall.
- After removing your old magazines, add a nice coffee table book in its place.
Staging Your Dining Room
- Remove any extra table leaves and store them away to help make the dining room feel larger.
- Properly set the dinner table as if you are having guest over for a special occasion.
- To give the perception of taller ceilings, consider hanging light-colored curtains from the ceiling down to the floor instead of just fitting the window.
- Clean and open blinds to let in more natural light.
- For the time being, replace low wattage light bulbs with 100 watt light bulbs to brighten up darker rooms.
- Add more life and color by bringing in different kinds of plants into the house.
- Add an extra lamp or two to bring in more light in dark areas that are hard to light.
- Add mirrors for more light and to help give the perception of an open area.
- Don’t hang art and pictures on every wall. Consider leaving one wall bare.
- When home staging, wall art should be hung at eye level.
Ways to Stage Your Kitchen
- Clean and pack away most of the items that are usually stored on your counters.
- One old staging tip is to add a bowl of fruit to bring in more color.
- Staining or painting dated cabinets can be a time-consuming task but the transformation can be well worth the effort.
- After updating your dated cabinets, also consider replacing the old knobs and hardware.
- Another way to de-personalize when staging a house is to remove all of the items from the refrigerator.
- There are many quick and easy ways now so any homeowner can add a new backsplash to their kitchen to add more personality.
- Consider replacing that old, dated faucet with a brand new faucet.
- Loud and bold colors can be a quick turn off for homebuyers. Consider repainting any rooms a more neutral color.
- One easy way to add more natural light is by simply cleaning all of your windows inside and out.
- Fix any leaking faucets, contact a local, licensed plumber referred plumbing issues. These are things buyers look for when looking at houses.
Staging Tips for a Bedroom
- Organize your closet by hanging clothes in groups and have them facing the same direction.
- One way to make a room feel more relaxing is to remove TV’s or any other entertainment items.
- Replace old bedsheets with new, white textured linens.
- Make a bedroom feel more inviting by properly making the bed and adding new pillows and throw pillows.
- In smaller bedrooms, it’s hard not to have the bed pushed into the corner. Consider pulling the bed away from the wall to help balance the room.
- Bookshelves tend to collect more than just dust over the years. Clear out all bookshelves and built-ins.
- Clean out and pack away half of the stuff in the closet. Homebuyers almost always look into the closets when looking at homes for sale.
- When cleaning out the closet, replace any un-matching hangers so they all match.
- Some homeowners have complete sports or princess themed bedrooms. It’s a good idea to transform these rooms into a more neutral bedroom.
- When transforming a playroom over to a neutral bedroom. Clean up and store away most of the toys. This will help when its time for moving.
Bathrooms need Staging too!
- Put away toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and any other toiletry items.
- Add new, white towels to the bathroom. Consider folding towels into thirds to take up less wall space.
- Remove old, moldy caulk and apply new white caulking around the bathroom.
- Hide or store away wastebaskets.
- Add one new bottle of nice hand soap on the bathroom counter.
- Roll small, light-colored hand towels and place in a basket on the counter.
- Make sure you thoroughly clean around the bathroom. Including the bathtub and even behind the toilet.
- Hang new, white shower curtain or completely clean old one to make it look new again.
- This is a pet peeve for not only most real estate agents but for some homebuyers. Always keep the toilet seat/lid down.
- Quiet doors will go un-noticed but a squeaky door will stand out to a homebuyer. Fix any squeaky doors throughout the home.
Preparing the Entryway
- Give the entrance of a home a new look by cleaning and painting the front door.
- One creative way to add personality to the entrance of a home is by getting creative with new, attractive house numbers.
- Pack away any shoes or coats by that are usually kept at the front door.
- Replace that old, worn out Welcome mat with a new one.
- Make sure all doors not only open and close easy but that they are also easy to lock and unlock as well.
- If you have pets or if you wear shoes in the house -- chances are that your carpet may need to come extra attention. Give your carpet a deep cleaning.
- When packing away items don’t just stick them in closets or in corners behind furniture. Get started early and be creative when decluttering your home.
- Make sure any signs of pets are taken care of so it is not easily noticed by any visitors.
- Sometimes homebuyers like to randomly check windows. Make sure all windows open and close easily.
- When cleaning the house before a showing – make sure you clean and dust ceiling fans too.
* 2015 Profile of Home Staging." www.nar.realtor. N.p., 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 23 May 2017.
Nathan Garrett is a local real estate agent in Louisville KY. Creator of the GarrettsRealty.com website. He specializes in Real Estate in Louisville and Oldham County. Questions about buying a home? Send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org