Staging Your Home to Sell Fast: A 10 Step Guide

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at a home seller’s seminar on the importance of staging before putting your home on the market. My husband and I sold our home this past spring and we were very pleased to have gotten several offers within a week. I know that following these tips made that possible.

1.    De-clutter

This is a big one. Hopefully you’ll be moving very soon. So, now is the time to purge. Get rid of all the random odds and ends that have made it into the corners of your home over the years. You don’t want to distract buyers with your Domino magazine collection. Donate, give to friends/family, or even have a yard sale. People love buying other people’s crap. I know I do. Make some cash. $$$

 2.    Clean, Clean, Clean!

Nobody wants to buy a dirty house. LOL But really, a dusty, cluttered house really does distract buyers from your home’s potential. Do a deep cleaning. Clean windows, baseboards, the top of the fridge, fan blades, all the stuff we generally ignore until spring cleaning time. You could even hire professionals to do it for you. I think it would be well worth the investment.

 3.    De-Personalize

Your babies are the most beautiful and precious creatures ever created. So, it makes sense that you have 1500 photos of them scattered around your home. However, buyers need to envision themselves living in your old/their new home and they have some beautiful creatures of their own. It’s time to take your personal feelings out of it and put the personal items away. The realtor running the seminar I spoke at said it well, “You’re not a home owner. You’re a home seller.”

 4.    Pets- Deodorize

Pets stink. I can say that because I have one. You don’t want potential buyers remembering your house as the “stinky dog/cat house”. Put away pet beds, toys, bowls, etc. for pictures and showings if you can. And invest in an essential oil diffuser. Essential oils work very well to get rid of pet stank and they set a good mood in the home in general. Try a lavender and lemon combo. (It’s my favorite.)

  5.    Space Plan

Rearrange your furniture in the best way possible. You want to maximize your space to make it spacious, but not sparse. That won’t make the room feel larger. Use the space well. You also want to remove and/or replace out of scale furniture. A too big sofa is an eyesore. Get rid of it or move it to a more suitable room, if you can.

 6.    Accessorize…but not too much.

Mindfully bring in accessory pieces. However, make sure they are no smaller than the size of your fist. Smaller items start to clutter a space.

 7.    Keep it Neutral

Avoid paint colors that are super bright and/or bold. Neutral can include grays, whites, and even calm and muted blues.

8.    Make sure your Decor is Warm, Inviting, and Updated.

If your home has tons traditional furniture it may be a good idea to introduce some contemporary elements that can lean it more towards transitional. Transitional design tends to be more neutral. Think of it as the updated version of traditional. You can achieve this look simply by changing out some pillows, art, and accessories. That can make a big difference.

 9.    Low Cost-Big Impact Updates

For a relatively reasonable investment you can make a huge impact on how your home is valued in comparison to similar properties. Paint, new carpet, updated faucets and door hardware are all updates to consider before putting your house on the market.

 10. Don’t Forget Your Curb Appeal

A buyer’s first impression is everything. So, you don’t want to overlook how your home looks from the street. Keep the landscaping tidy and interesting. Clean the front door or give it a fresh coat of paint. Replace your old mailbox. Add a potted plant. It can bring life and color to the entry. You really want to capture the buyer’s heart right away and here is where you do it.


You’re all Staged! Now what?  Turn on the lights, open the doors, and wait for the offers to come in. 😉