It has been known that proper staging of a home can help sell your home faster and sometimes even at a higher price.  Whether you are planning to hire a pro or want to learn a few tricks to do it yourself, these tips will get you up to speed on the latest techniques in staging to sell.

Detach yourself

The process of staging a home takes the focus of your home away from you and puts it on the potential buyer.  Be sure to remove personal items before selling your home. Your goal is to have the potential buyer see the home as their own not yours.  Start with taking down any family photos or personalized items.

Focus on Curb Appeal

Not sure where to start?  Try sprucing up the exterior of your home, first impressions to potential homebuyers could be the start or end to it all.  It has been known that a homebuyer makes up their mind within the first 30 seconds as they approach the front door.  Make sure your lawn, hedges, trees and plants are well maintained and be sure to eliminate any weeds.  Believe it or not, something as simple as washing windows can brighten both the inside and outside of your home.  Purchasing new door mats and outdoor living space furniture can make your home look more inviting as well.

Bye-Bye Clutter

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter.  Make a new house rule:  for every new item that comes into your home an old item needs to come out.  Too much furniture is often a common problem when trying to sell a home, professional stagers often whisk away much of the furniture in order to make the home look bigger.

Turn on the Lights

Home lighting makes a home look welcoming and cozy; most of us have very poor lighting in the home which can turn homebuyers off.  You can prevent this by increasing the wattage in your lamps and fixtures, aim for 100 watt bulbs for every 50 feet.  There are three types of lighting to consider:  Ambient or overhead lights, task or reading lights and accent or table or wall lighting.

Get your home sparkling clean

This is the easiest way to help your home put its best foot forward.  From shining floors and clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle.  Don’t skimp on this step, this step is a key item to staging properly.

Neutral & Appealing

An easy and cheap way to make a room look updated is to add a fresh coat of neutral color paint.  The neutral color can help to tone down any outdated finishes.

Let in the Sun

Buyers want a house that is bright and airy, open the curtains and replace them with sheers.  This makes your home more appealing and cozy to a homebuyer.

Furniture groupings

Most homeowners believe that a room will feel larger and will be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the wall, but that isn’t the case.  Professional stagers prefer to furnish your space by floating furniture away from the walls, regroup them into conversational groups to make the traffic flow obvious.  This will make the room more user friendly and it will open up the room and make it seem larger.


If you are in the market to sell your home, the above tidbits are a sure way to ensure you are homebuyer ready.  If you’re buying, selling, or both – be sure to enroll in our HomeAdvantage program allowing you to earn a rebate.  And of course, when you’re ready to move into that new home, give us a call and we can help you with the financing.


Michelle Pyle | Mortgage Manager