How to Stage Your Home Like a Pro

Second only to pricing your home right, home staging is the most important part of preparing your home for the market. Buyers make snap decisions about a home based on how it looks — if the lawn looks immaculate and the inside looks like something out of an interior decorating magazine, buyers can't help but take notice!

Luckily, you don't have to spend a fortune to boost your home's value. You don't even have to gut your kitchen or give your bathrooms a makeover (though we're more than happy to talk with you about these improvements and recommend a trusted contractor). Instead, focus on the areas that will make the biggest difference at the closing table. Here are a few home staging tips to help you get started.

The Exterior

luxury home with manicured lawn

Show Off Your Green Thumb

  • Mow the lawn
  • Edge the grass around walkways and driveway
  • Spread a new layer of mulch in the garden or natural areas
  • Trim the bushes, especially if they block your windows

Add a Splash of Color

  • Stick a pot of flowers (or an evergreen tree) on your front porch
  • Hang a seasonal wreath on your front door
  • Paint your door a cheery, eye-catching color

Welcome Potential Buyers in Style

  • Polish or replace your house numbers — make it easy for people to find you!
  • Upgrade your outdoor lighting for drama and nighttime visibility
  • Power wash your driveway, walkways, and exterior siding or stone
  • Purchase a new doormat

The Interior

kitchen and living room in a staged home

Clear Out Any Clutter

  • Donate, discard, or store furniture that isn't absolutely necessary in each room
  • Clear your kitchen and bathroom counters of all but the essentials
  • Store kids' or pets' toys and litter boxes out of sight for showings

Turn Your Home Into a Model

  • Replace tarnished or worn door knobs, light switch covers, and other hardware
  • Open the blinds or curtains to let the light in (and maximize space)
  • Paint your walls — neutral colors appeal to the most buyers
  • Remove family photos or heirlooms to depersonalize your home

Try Seasonal Décor

  • Spring staging tips: open the windows, add spring blooms to your interior décor, and freshen up your furniture arrangements
  • Summer staging tips: add small splashes of color, swap out dark furniture with white, and brighten your home with flowers
  • Fall staging tips: place a fresh pumpkin on your porch, fill your home with sweet spices, and hang an autumn wreath from the door
  • Winter staging tips: brighten your home with colorful winter palettes, light a fire in the fireplace, and let the sunshine in
  • Holiday staging tips: add a festive centerpiece to your table, fill your home with cozy scents, or hang snowflakes from your windows

I've Staged My Home — Now What?

Small home improvements, like the ones we mentioned above, can have a big payoff when selling your home. Why not see what your home is worth now? If you haven't already, ask for a Comparative Market Analysis to learn how much you could sell your home for in today's market. Give us a call at 704-400-4578 if you'd like to learn more about selling your home!

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