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5 Low-Cost, High-Impact Tips for Staging Your Home

If staging your home to sell sounds like getting all dressed up to attend your high-school prom, you’re on the right track. Properly staging your home will give potential buyers the best first impression, and you plenty of chances to put your home on display with pride. However, it doesn’t have to cost a ton to stage it yourself.
Home Staging

Staging your home is just that. Making a stage of your home as if it was show time and it’s in the spotlight. Now is the time you need your home to shine worthy of the red carpet. Yes, the idea is to present the best features of your home and help buyers imagine themselves living in their new environment.

What is Home Staging and Does it Make a Difference?

The benefits of properly staging your home start with making it easier to sell. Home staging is a method of decorating your home to highlight a few of it’s most impressive features. This also increases the perceived value which leads to an increase in solid offers.

A report by the National Association of Realtors shows that 49% of buyers’ agents feel that home staging had a positive effect on how potential buyers view the home. And 77% said it makes it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their own. From the sellers’ perspective, 39% said it decreases the time the home spent on the market, while 21% believed home staging increased the value of a home from between 6% and 10%.

Staging your home is not as challenging as it sounds. Regardless of the size of your property, we suggest creating a checklist and focus only on the three most commonly staged rooms. The living room, the kitchen, and the master bedroom. There is no need to concern yourself with rooms that have less influence, like the guest bedroom, bathrooms, and children’s bedrooms.

Top 5 Low-Cost Tips for Staging Your Home

  • Remove & Reduce
    • Get rid of the clutter. Since you’re moving anyway, this can be a great motivator for packing up and getting things out of the house. For most people, storage space sells. Make your rooms more attractive by editing them down to just the basics, this helps make the rooms look bigger. No need to crowd the coat closet with winter coats in the summer. If your home feels too personal, it may be difficult for the buyer to see themselves living there. Remove family photos, keep personal items out of sight, and anything overtly religious.
  • Deep Clean
    • The deep clean we’re speaking of here is more than the typical Spring cleaning. Cleaning to stage your home is taking your cleaning efforts to the next level. Like, if you’ve neglected to keep the fridge clean, now is the time to tackle it. Window seals don’t get cleaned on a normal basis, so be sure to check them.
  • Rearrange the furniture
    • Although facing chairs and the sofa toward the television is ideal for watching the big game, by facing them toward each other creates a cozy space for conversations and family time. And it increases the space in the room.
  • Increase the lighting
    • The mood lighting you set up in the family room was great for a date night, however, a brighter room feels bigger. And adding a mirror enhances that feeling because of the expansiveness it creates. Also replace any burned out bulbs to keep the move-in to-do list as short as possible for the new homeowner.
  • Remember your home’s curb appeal
    • A good first impression can make a difference in excitement level as potential buyers enter the home. The overgrowth and annoying weeds may have been there so long, you hardly notice them anymore. But they’re noticeable to everyone else. So keep your lawn mowed and trimmed, pressure wash the siding, and perhaps add a few flowers to help make your home stand out in the neighborhood.

3 Mistakes to Avoid While Staging Your Home

  1. Don’t remove too much furniture: Yes you want to declutter, however, if the room is too empty it can leave the house feeling cold. This takes away from the inviting atmosphere you want to create.
  2. Don’t spend money on expensive repairs: Replacing the floor may seem like a great idea, however, it slows down the selling process. Just by applying a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets, making simple repairs such as, patching holes, or new hardware can go a long way.
  3. Not working with a real estate agent: We agree, no one knows your home like you do. However, real estate agents pride themselves on understanding what appeals to home buyers and the latest trends in the industry. The idea is to help the buyer see themselves living in your home, that can be a challenge if the home is filled with personal-style choices and memories. Not allowing an agent to assist you to stage your home is a critical mistake and one we can help you avoid.

An experienced real estate agent is a great resource to help you expedite the sale of your home. Clever connects you with local agents who will give you the inside scoop on staging practices that work best in the area. And they’ll offer their help with a flat fee commission that will save you thousands. Connect with us today and have all your questions answered.


Andrew Schmeerbauch
Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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