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5 Key Staging Tips

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From exterior to interior

It’s important to show the best of what you have. Remember you only get one time for a first impression and when it comes to buyers, you have to have all your best features ready! Below are 5 key staging tips to help you sell your home fast and efficiently.

1. Exterior

  • Put yourself in the shoes of the potential buyer, do a drive by to see what they will see.
  • Landscaping, make sure your trees and bushes are trimmed.
  • Plant some flowers, show some color to the landscape.
  • Your grass is free of weeds, trash, holes, and even toys.
  • Deck, exterior home, porch, sidewalks are power washed.


2. Style your rooms

  • Make each one of your rooms stand out for what it’s used for, a nice clean family room with books and clean furniture welcome warmth.
  • Clear space to optimize your open potential, allowing buyers to see free space for their needs.
  • If you don’t have a finished basement, clean and decorate it so it can be shown as an open area for storage or gaming.
  • The clean open kitchen is crucial to most buyers. Optimize this space by having clean open countertops.

3. Open those closets!

  • Open-house visitors will peek inside your closets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage by getting rid of excess things. Again, this is really important, so even if you need to store a few boxes elsewhere, it’s worth it. You should aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.

4. Use “extra” rooms wisely

  • If you have been using a spare bedroom as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it’s time to clean up your act. Every one of your rooms should have a clearly defined purpose, so think about what potential buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Another kids’ room? Whether you buy inexpensive furnishings, rent them, or borrow some from friends, making a real room out of a junk room will have a big payoff.

5. Entice people to explore the whole house

  • You should place something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners. Suggesting can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour. A piece of artwork, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers, a hanging light or even a small, colorful rug can all work to draw the eye.


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