• Sarah Lipkowitz

How To Stage Your Home For A Quick Sale

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

Staging is an important part of selling your home. In fact, homes that are staged sell for at least 6% more on average. That being said, staging will likely cost you $300-$600 per room and will mean storing your furniture to make room for items you can’t even use (if you’ve been to a few open houses, you’ve likely seen the “Do Not Sit” signs). If professional staging is not in the cards, then here are a few ways you can prepare your home for photos and showings.

Linens. A good rule of thumb is to put out crisp white linens. Head over to Home Goods and pick out a duvet and white towels that you can put out for showings. This way, you don’t have to worry about laundry. White is a good color because it brightens the room.

Declutter. Clutter makes a room feel small. Less is more. Halve the number of items in the closets to make them look bigger, store out-of-season items, and clear the counter tops. The goal is not to make the house look empty, but to make it inviting and allow potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. You may need to invest in a small storage space or ask a friend to store some things for you.

Neutrals. As with the white linens, neutral décor is best for showing homes. Don’t risk putting a potential buyer off because they don’t have the same taste in décor. Colors that you happen to love may be off putting to a buyer and make them uncomfortable in the space. Neutrals make the home look bigger and lighter and are the best bet when it comes to selling your home. If you have pets, the thought of white everything might make you cringe. Consider matching upholstery to fur color and keeping a set of linens that you only use for showings.

Painting. You guessed it—neutrals are the best choice, but painting also has some additional benefits. If you have pets or you are a smoker, you can bet your home smells like it. You may not think so, but it does. Fresh paint can help you overcome this obstacle. If you can’t afford new cabinets, consider painting them for an updated look. Painting is one of the simplest updates which is why it is generally one of the first items on the To-Do List when it comes to preparing a home for sale.

Plants. Curb appeal is important. If you aren’t interested in working with a landscaper and you don’t exactly have a green thumb, then aim to keep the front of the house neat. Spring for a planter and some flowers for the porch. If you are really bad with plants, go to your local nursery and ask which flowers are the hardiest. See my article on the best plants for terrible gardeners for more ideas. For those of you who are good gardeners, consider creating fresh arrangements from your garden to place around your home for showings.

Hardware. Replacing the hardware on cabinets and doors can make a big difference. If you aren’t interested in making extensive renovations, but you feel your home could benefit from a bit of a facelift, then consider replacing hardware.

Lighting. If there is one thing I’ve learned from horror movies, it’s to avoid dark basements. As is clear by now, showings are as much about feel as anything else. A dark home will elicit negative emotions from potential buyers so keep your home bright. Replace old light bulbs so they won’t burn out during showings, remove or replace heavy curtains, and use the maximum wattage for each fixture. You should seriously consider replacing old light fixtures both inside and outside your home. Old light fixtures and poor lighting will make your home appear dated and uninviting.

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