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  • Alexander Wissel

Sell Your Home Like a Pro with These Staging Secrets!

Sell Your Home Fast

  • Learn how to enhance curb appeal and create a welcoming entrance to attract more buyers.

  • Understand the importance of decluttering and depersonalizing to help potential buyers envision themselves in the space.

  • Discover the significance of neutralizing colors, optimizing furniture arrangement, and prioritizing lighting to create an appealing and spacious atmosphere.

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Staging Secrets Sell Your Home Like a Pro

When it comes to selling your home, presentation and staging your home is key. First – and subsequent – impressions matter. The process of staging your home can significantly impact potential buyers’ first experience. The real staging secrets are that homes sell faster and for more money.

By showcasing your home's best features and creating an inviting atmosphere, you can attract more buyers… More online eyeballs, equals more showings, which can lead to more offers, and potentially more money and better terms.

That’s the goal. In this article, we'll provide you with practical tips and insights on how to stage your home for a successful sale.

To get your home ready to sell, enhance curb appeal by maintaining the front yard, adding a fresh coat of paint, and incorporating inviting elements. Declutter and depersonalize by removing personal items and excessive decorations. Neutralize colors, repaint with neutral tones, and rearrange furniture for better flow. Optimize lighting with bright LED bulbs and pay attention to details by cleaning windows, adding fresh flowers, and staging with minimal decor.

Enhance Curb Appeal

First impressions matter, and the exterior of your home sets the stage for what's inside. I have experienced buyers who have gotten to a home they wanted to see and – yet when presented with a sub-par exterior – wouldn’t even go into the property. We couldn’t get them out of the car. So don’t think it doesn’t matter.

Your curb appeal isn’t just appealing to buyers, it’s appealing to buyers dreams of what their lives are going to be like living there. They want to be proud of the home they are buying. If your home looks ugly or doesn’t convey a good sense of place, then you need to work on your curb appeal.

You can boost your curb appeal by:

  • Ensuring the front yard is well-maintained.

  • Trim lawns and pruned shrubs.

  • Mow your lawn - more often then you think while it’s active on the market.

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door and repair any visible damages.

  • Paint your shutters black, navy blue or dark hunter green. – dark shutters sell.

  • Add potted plants or flowers to create an inviting entrance.

  • Water your plants - no one cares about your plants if they’re all dead.

Declutter and Depersonalize

Creating a clean and clutter-free environment allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home. When we declutter and stage a home, the word we like to use is ‘authentic’. Make sure your space reads as authentic vs fake and staged.

That means sometimes keeping unique statement pieces or focal points. Sometimes that means we leave treasured pots on kitchen counters. A home that has been decluttered to the point it looks empty can also read as inhospitable. We don’t wan’t that, so use a weather eye to make good decisions.

Here's how to declutter & declutter quickly

  • Remove personal items such as family photos, memorabilia, and tchotchkes.

  • Cut back on excessive decorations or items that will offend.

  • Clear countertops, shelves, and closets of unnecessary items to create a sense of space.

  • Organize storage areas to showcase their full potential.

  • Replace personal photos with travel ones.

  • Remove wall stickers.

  • Get rid of overly trendy statement pieces – we’re looking at you Live~Laugh~Love sign.

Neutralize Colors and Paint

Neutral colors provide a blank canvas for buyers to imagine their own style and preferences. If I ask around I could find that almost every color and shade offends someone somewhere. So our mission is to find colors that will appeal to the widest audience.

If your kitchen is bright yellow – vs a soft buttery one, or if you have a bright red or maroon kitchen you need to repaint it. Like now. In our experience, these colors in the kitchen make a home hard to sell.

Consider the following paining tips

  • Repaint walls with neutral tones, such as whites, beiges, or light grays.

  • ‘Griege’ – a combination of grey and beige is popular because of how versatile it is.

  • Repaint as many different rooms the same color – it unifies the space.

  • Touch up any scuffed or damaged areas.

  • Patch and fill any holes. This includes from old pictures.

  • Remove all nails or staples used to hold up pictures.

  • Remove wallpaper and opt for a fresh coat of paint.

  • Consider large rugs or carpeting and how they relate to the wall color.

Optimize Furniture Arrangement

Furniture movement is something that many sellers overlook. They think ‘I lived with it that way… it’s fine.’ But it isn’t. You need to think about a real estate agent, and a couple with potentially a fourth person moving through the space. You need to align your furniture for traffic, not comfort.

Proper furniture placement can help create a sense of flow and maximize the perceived space in each room. Here's some easy ways to achieve that.

  • Remove excessive and oversized furniture.

  • Consider moving in porch furniture and moving larger pieces to the garage or storage

  • Focus on creating an open and spacious atmosphere.

  • Rearrange furniture to highlight the focal points

  • Maximize attention towards a fireplace or a large window.

  • Remove old tv’s or computers that look dated.

  • Consider furniture rental if your existing pieces are outdated.

Let There Be Light

A bright and well-lit home feels welcoming and more appealing to potential buyers. One of my personal pet peeves is when a home is filled with energy efficient – but not LED – bulbs. They can take a few minutes to fully ‘warm up” to their brightest. If I had to choose a singular on of my staging secrets I'd tell you to focus on light bulbs.

By that time the damage is done – buyers feel like the space is dark and uninviting. So replace all your lightbulbs with energy efficient bright LEDs. Use soft white instead of daylight type light. Buyers read the softer light better and less jarring than the daylight bulbs.

If your home can’t be lit all the time, make sure visitors can quickly make the room bright. Use lights on timers if needs be to create a welcoming space even when its dark.

Follow these lighting tips

  • Open curtains and blinds to maximize natural light.

  • Replace all incandescent and low light bulbs.

  • Use LED lighting – warm light vs daylight.

  • Ensure all light fixtures are clean and in working condition.

  • Add extra lighting in dim areas to create a warm ambiance.

  • Use timers on lighting.

Pay Attention to Details

The little details can make a big difference. Here are some final touches to consider:

  • Clean all windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces for a sparkling appearance.

  • Have you home professionally cleaned before listing.

  • Don’t forget to clean out vents of hair and cobwebs – hairy vents are such a turn off.

  • Place fresh flowers or bowls of fruits to add a pop of color and freshness.

  • Opt for real flowers and real fruit when you can.

  • Consider staging rooms with tasteful and minimal decorative items.

  • Strive for authenticity.

Staging Secrets Aren't Real Secrets... But they Work

Staging your home is a strategic process that aims to create an irresistible first impression for potential buyers. It's no secret. Staged homes sell faster and for more money.

By enhancing curb appeal, decluttering, neutralizing colors, optimizing furniture arrangement, prioritizing lighting, and paying attention to detail, you can create an environment that entices buyers and increases your chances of a quick successful sale.

Remember, staging is about highlighting your home's best features while allowing potential buyers to envision themselves living there. Good luck with the sale of your home!


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