Get Started with Home Staging

Home staging is more than just preparing a property for the market – it helps buyers imagine themselves living in the space. It can be seen as the emotional core of selling, where buyers see not just a new home, but a new life. If you’re wondering how to get started, here are the five most important tips to consider when staging a home:

Stage 1: Keep it clean

The best and easiest way to make a good impression: make sure that the house is clean and tidy. Air out the house to be sure there aren’t any lingering smells, and have the floors cleaned – a new rug in a strategic place can go a long way! Then, remove any personal items in the home.

Stage 2: But don’t empty it out

Clearing everything out can actually make a room look smaller. What’s more, most buyers have trouble picturing furniture in an empty room and may think their furniture won’t fit in the space. An empty house can feel cold, uninviting or even boring to buyers, and as a result, vacant properties tend to take much longer to sell. So, keep some furnishing in the home, and use flowers or a basket of fruit to make the space seem lived in and appealing.

Stage 3: Rearrange the furniture

When it comes to furniture: Less is more. Fewer pieces of furniture in each room will make the home look more spacious and grouping furniture into cozy conversational groups will not only look more inviting, but can turn an awkward area into a selling point. Set up different kinds of spaces in the home, such as offices or entertaining areas, and don’t forget to stage the outdoor areas!

Stage 4: Neutralize the style

The ultimate goal of staging is to make a home attractive to the highest number of potential buyers, and what looks good to the seller may not be stylish for the buyer. So keep the home’s style simple and classic – now is not the time to experiment – and make sure the master bedroom can appeal to everyone by keeping it gender-neutral.

Stage 5: Lighten up

Light gives life to a room and builds atmosphere in the space. Good lighting helps to draw attention to the positive features of the home and can also create the illusion of larger, higher or wider rooms. So open the blinds or curtains, and replace faded or unfashionable lampshades. Use multiple types of light sources in each room to add interest and highlight the room’s versatility.

Should you hire a professional?

A lot of these steps can be done by the seller with your help, but hiring a professional home stager can make your job much easier and give you better results. Most sellers have lived in a space so long, they may not be able to see it any other way and can overlook a room’s true possibilities. But a professional home stager will take an objective look at the space and know how to present the house to its fullest potential.