Staging Homes is a fun side gig, where a Realtor calls me to work in empty homes and bring in needed decorative pieces to boost the homes’ appeal. The staging consistently makes a huge difference in client interest, time required to sell, and–here’s the good part–THE SELLING PRICE!
What’s the takeaway for you if you’re prepping your house to sell? Although you’re probably NOT working in an empty space and starting from scratch to create an inviting interior, allow me to use these staged homes to demonstrate some tips for showing YOUR home in the best light!
Potential buyers will never notice your amazing home features (the 6-burner chef range, the voice-activated makeup mirror) if they have to look past dirt and pet hair to see them. Clean as if your mother-in-law is coming (with her white gloves on.) Clean the windows. Take out that kitty litter and put up the dog dishes. Use a wax warmer during showings to freshen the air–or bake some cinnamon rolls (and invite me over–LOL).
Moving is a great time to clean out and pare down your stuff, so go ahead and get rid of things you don’t love and don’t use and don’t want to move. Afterward, if needed, rent a storage unit and take 1/3 to 1/2 of your remaining belongings there while your home is on the market. Too much stuff in your closets, cupboards and on your shelves gives the impression that your home lacks storage space. In the kitchen, limit yourself to 2 or 3 items max on your counters.
Fill nail holes, touch up paint and complete any repairs that you’ve been meaning to get to. YOU’VE grown accustomed to seeing that missing piece of baseboard, but it will stick out like a sore thumb to potential buyers. A well-maintained home sells faster! And remember that neutral paint colors please the majority of buyers. Let THEM paint the bedroom purple if THEY want to.
When you’re prepping your home to sell, you want the families coming through to imagine THEMSELVES in your home, so remove photos of your family and specialized collections (they may not have a thing for lighthouses, you know?) Just leave the very essential toiletries in the shower. Stow cosmetics in drawers, not on the vanity–no one wants to know what brand of depilatory wax you use.
You thought I’d start here, didn’t you? Oh, no, no, no. Only after you’ve done 1-4 are you ready to decorate. NOW you have a lovely clean space and not too much stuff to deal with. NOW you can do things like:
-Move furniture out from walls. Create a traffic pattern that makes sense and maximizes the size of the rooms. Take down heavy curtains and let the light in!
Courtney is an an award-winning interior designer in Dallas who specializes in decorating, renovation & home staging to help stuck people adore their home. She loves her historic cottage and has been published in Better Homes and Gardens, Kid’s Room, Best of Flea Market Style, Cottage and Bungalows, American Farmhouse and Dallas Morning News.Follow her daily projects on Instagram at @courtneywarrenhome & on Facebook at Courtney Warren Home. See her complete portfolio of house tours at courtneywarren.com.This blog post originally appeared on Summer Home Sales are Heating Up: 6 Professional Styling Tips That Will Sell Any Home! and was republished with permission of Courtney Warren Home.