How to Stage Your Home to Sell 

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, how you stage it can have a big impact on the impression it makes on any potential buyers. In most cases, the first impression is what will hook—or turn off—a potential buyer. But if you’re not an interior design expert, knowing how to stage your home can be challenging, especially if you don’t want to commit to spending tons of money or time on the process. Here is some basic advice for home staging that can go a long way in terms of having the right impact—

Clean Things Up

If you have time for nothing else, the number one thing that you should do is to make sure your home is clean. If you don’t have time to clean yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaning crew. No one will want to live in a dirty house, and dirt and grime can be a huge turn off for buyers, no matter how great your home is otherwise. 

Remove Personal Items

If you can, removing personal items—such as pictures of your family—can help a homebuyer picture themselves in your home. This is also a step towards removing clutter. It’s also important to keep your clothes and shoes hidden (and organized!) to the extent possible, and to remove or hide personal bathroom items. 

Declutter As Much As Possible

Just like cleaning, decluttering can go a long way toward having the right effect on potential buyers. If your home is cluttered, take the time to remove as much as possible so that it looks as though a minimalist is living in your home. Remember, buyers need to be able to walk through your home and feel at ease, not as though they’re trying to avoid piles and get a peak at something that’s hidden behind clutter. 

Fix the Basics

If you’re only going to do minor repairs and touch-ups in preparation for an open house and showings, there are a few basics you can focus on:

  • Lighting—upgrade lighting so that it’s modern. Make sure light fixtures are clean.
  • Wallpaper/paint—a fresh coat of paint will go a long way in making a home seem newer and well taken care of.
  • Flooring—no one wants to live in a home with stained carpet or floors that are badly damaged. 

Consider the Exterior

Finally, remember that the curb appeal of your home has a lot to do with who will want to see it, too! Consider mowing the grass, removing weeds, and planting some flowers before you list your home. 

Get Help from a Professional

At The Jana Caudill Team, we offer home staging as part of our professional services for sellers. To learn more about how we can help you get your home ready, call us today. We are one of the top-selling firms in NWI! 


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