Staging a home for sale is arguably the most important phase of the selling process. Effective staging can be the difference between selling your home quickly, and it spending more time on the market. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at some stats.
According to a Home Staging Report by the National Association of Realtors, 25% of sellers’ agents reported that staging a home greatly decreased the amount of time the home was on the market. 24% of buyers’ agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1% and 5%.
The following home staging tips don’t cost much but they work when it comes to attracting interested buyers.
What are the most important rooms to stage?
The NAR report says the living room (47%) is the most important room buyers want to be staged, followed by the master bedroom (42%), and the kitchen (35%). The least important room to stage is the guest bedroom (8%).
This suggests that you don’t have to stage every room in your home for it to be effective. But you should aim to stage at least the three most important rooms; the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen.
De-personalize your home
Staging helps to de-personalize your home so prospective buyers can imagine themselves living there. The NAR report also backs this up, as 83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home for sale made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.
What can you do to de-personalize?
- Get rid of clutter – remove papers, games, books and excess furniture to help your home look larger.
- Remove personal photos – framed photos on walls and surfaces and anything that’s hanging on your fridge.
- Keep clothes and shoes out of sight – including any un-seasonal clothes like winter jackets hanging in the hallway.
- Clean off bathroom counters – remove toothbrushes, toothpaste, cosmetics, and perfumes.
If the furniture you have is old, oversized, or doesn’t match, you may decide to rent a lounge suite instead. Since a living room is one of the most important rooms to stage, this can be worth the investment if it nets you a quick sale. Talk to your REALTOR® for advice about staging your home.
Create a sense of intimacy by arranging conversation areas, so people can imagine chatting with friends and family. Adding an area rug is a good way to anchor and define the space within the room.
Highlight the best parts of the room. Pull sofas, tables and chairs away from the walls to create intimacy and a better sense of balance. For example, move the sofa away from a picture window to let in more light.
Do some deep cleaning
You may turn a blind eye to dusty skirting boards or scuff marks, but prospective buyers won’t. Therefore, one of the most important house staging tips to get your home ready to view is giving it a thorough clean so everything sparkles and shines, and is free of dust, mold, and grime. People will be expecting to see a home that looks as good as it does in the photos.
If you don’t want to don rubber gloves, then hire a professional cleaner to get the job done. The hardest part can be maintaining that level of cleanliness during showings, so get into the habit of doing a quick clean every morning to make sure it’s spotless in case an agent drops in with a buyer.
Add Finishing Touches
Flowers on the mantel, a bowl of fresh fruit on the table, and fluffy white towels folded in the bathroom can help make a great impression. Finishing touches like these show that the house is well cared for and is worth more. Buyers appreciate thoughtful details as they give a cozier feel to a sterile space.
As you can see, home staging ideas don’t have to cost a lot but do require some careful thought and planning. Many people hire professional stagers to do the job for them because they know how to show homes in their best light. At the end of the day your home is your biggest asset, so you want it to fetch the highest price it possibly can.
Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.
This article was originally published July 2020 and updated May 2021