How To: Stage your Home to Make the Best Impression

86485111So you’ve decided to sell your home, a place that more than likely holds a lot of sentimental value to you. Now is the time to try to let go of that emotional attachment. View your home for exactly what it is, a “product” you’re trying to sell.

Know your Area & your Potential Buyers

A great way to start determining what you can do to your property to make it as appealing as possible is to know your audience and your neighborhood. Doing so will give you a better idea of who you can expect to walk through the door and what these potential buyers are expecting. For example, if you’re in a neighborhood that’s popular amongst young families, you’ll want to modernize. If you’re in more of an upscale neighborhood, you’ll want to make some higher end upgrades. Try to envision yourself as the potential buyers and think about what you’d like to see if you were in there shoes. If you’re struggling in this department, bring in a few friends and allow them to give you their honest opinion.

realtor-4Buyers like to feel an emotional connection with their potential home. You want them to be able to envision themselves in your home right from the start. We recommend limiting the amount of family photos you have on display and de-cluttering refrigerators or other places where you might have photos or your children’s accomplishments on display.

Clean till it Shines!

Cleaning your home effectively is an inexpensive way to make your home presentable and show well even if it’s outdated. Dust and soap scum will be an automatic turnoff to almost any buyer!213213

Reduce the amount of items you leave out in the open. You’ll be moving soon so why not get a head start on packing? Too manyBefore-and-After decorations can be distracting to someone trying to envision themselves living in your home. Make sure to neatly organize all of your closets so everything appears roomy. You don’t want buyers to see an overflowing closet or pantry leaving the impression that there is inadequate storage space.

Make Repairs

home-repair-400x266Now is a critical time to make any repairs to your home. Leaky faucets, missing kitchen cabinet handles and blown out light bulbs will be an instant turn off. Its one thing for a buyer to plan updates to their future home but no one wants to be planning repairs. Make sure all of these things are in working order before you have your first showing.

Spruce up your Space

A fresh coat of paint on your walls is another inexpensive and highly effective way to make your home show well. We recommend sticking to neutral colors such as beige or a light grey and avoiding colors such asKitchen_BA3-1024x512 white or anything too bold or dark. Neutral colors will allow buyers to envision what they can do to the space.

If you have an outdated kitchen you might want to consider replacing the hardware on the cabinets to something more modern or painting them. Both options can make a huge difference and transform any kitchen.


Children, pets and those occasional nights of eating dinner in front of the TV can wreak havoc on your furniture. Consider covering your couch with a slip cover and add new throw pillow to brighten the space. Place a runner on your dining room table and a vase of fresh flowers in the center.


If your floors have seen better days consider replacing the carpet or adding an area rug for a low cost but effective fix. Peel and stick linoleum is a great option for kitchens or entryways.

Light fixtures are often considered the jewelry of a home. Having outdated lamps or chandeliers can be a giveaway as to the last time you’ve renovated. Replacing the light fixtures will keep your home looking bright and up to date.

Don’t Forget the Outside

wood-letter-from-far-awaySpruce up your front door with a fresh coat of paint and a decorative wreath. Add a colorful welcome mat or potted plant to the front steps to make your home look even more inviting.

The look of overgrown grass can make a house go from looking fab to drab! Take out your lawn mower and gardening shears and get to work. A well landscaped front yard will give potential buyers a great first impression before they even step inside your home. And of course, don’t forget the backyard, which is often the last place a buyer will view as they leave.

Quick Tips

  • Try to stick with a color scheme in places such as your living room, kitchen and bathroom.
  • Put out potpourri, fresh towels and new shower curtains in your bathroom.N26-2_FreshAir-575x382
  • Hide any toiletries or toothbrushes to keep the space looking fresh and open.
  • Make your beds and decorate with throw pillows. A clean bed will automatically make a room look more inviting.
  • Weather permitting, open windows and blinds to allow for fresh air and natural sunlight.
  • Neutralize odors.
  • Keep pets away during showings.
  • Let your Real Estate agent do their job and leave your property during showings and open houses.

For suggestions specific to your home, always consult the Realtor you’ve retained.