When preparing to sell your home, staging is a critical part of the process. To stage your house means to dress your house to the nines. Your goal is to woo buyers, to make them swoon over the property, to have them fall in love with the idea of living and making memories in the home. You can stage the house yourself, or you can outsource the task to a professional with experience in making houses look polished and move-in-ready for the best success in selling your home.

Curb Appeal

Stucco home landscaped for curb appeal

The outside of your home, your yard, and the structure’s exterior are the first thing potential buyers see; it’s their first impression. That first impression will stick with the people as they tour your home. Give your house the best chance of winning people over with charm. Mow the lawn. Trim the hedges. Pull the weeds. Power wash the exterior. Add colorful flowers. Then, stand on the outside looking at your house as if for the first time. What strikes your fancy and what needs a little more attention?



De-cluttering the inside of the home comes next. This de-cluttering process is your opportunity to sort through your belongings in preparation not only to sell your current house but for the move to your new home. Categorize your possessions. Do you need the item now, before you move? Do you want to keep the belonging but won’t likely need it until after you relocate? Or has the item served its purpose and is ready to be discarded or donated? Touch every single thing in your home to determine its future and eliminate clutter in your environment before showing the home to potential buyers.

Large pieces of furniture can make rooms look cramped, stuffy, and smaller than they are. Keep only what you need, store what you can, and arrange what’s left into open conversation areas away from the walls.


Depersonalizing is the hard part. You face the task of taking down and storing away the very things that made your house feel like a home. Personal photographs, collectible items, religious decor, political paraphernalia – it all needs taken down and stored away for safe keeping. Your desire is that potential buyers will envision their belongings in the house, not influenced by yours.


Modern Staged Living Room

Cleanliness sells. When an environment is clean, it looks and smells fresh. Dirt, grime, and unpleasant odors can negatively influence the perception of people touring your home. When a potential buyer sees stains or smells mildew or trash, they may begin to wonder if the property was well maintained, or what unwelcome surprises are waiting to be discovered.

If you’re not a neat freak, hate cleaning, and don’t want to take on extra chores, hire a cleaning professional to do the dirty work for you. Sweep the air vents. Bleach the bathtubs. Wash the windows. Scrub the baseboards.  Everything should be as fresh and clean as possible.

Repair & Replace

Once the environment is de-cluttered and clean, you can better see what items need further attention. Do the walls need paint? Do the light switch and electrical socket covers need to be replaced? Is the carpet damaged beyond repair? This process is your chance to increase the value of your home by tending to the details. Do you have torn window screens? How about rusty doorknobs or squeaky doors? Are your cabinet handles and drawer pulls dated? Take the time to explore your home’s interior with the objective of making everything you see just a little (or a lot!) more attractive.

Thoughtful Touches

Modern bath with stand alone tub staged with towels

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms to stage when preparing a home for sale. In the kitchen, consider adding fresh plants, bowls of fruit, fresh baked goods, and other vivid items that add comforting elements to the environment. Add candles to the bathroom, or crisp white linens.

Open window dressings to allow in the most natural light.


Staging your home for sale can help it sell more quickly, and for more money. Perception is everything, and when a potential buyer perceives your home as valuable, they’re more inclined to make substantial offers. Take the time to de-clutter, depersonalize, clean, and arrange your property from the outside in to get it into the best shape possible.

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