Staging Your Home before putting it on the Market

There are many things you can do to make your home look in tip top shape before you put it up for sale.  Staging is a huge part of selling a home these days.  While there are so many homes for sale and prices are down, you want to do everything you can to get top dollar for your home.  Believe it or not there are quite a few people other than investors looking to purchase, many of which are young couples that are not experienced in home improvement and looking for a move in ready home.

Some things to consider

  1. Clutter – The biggest thing is having clutter all over your house.  No one wants to see your bills laying out on the kitchen counter tops, trinkets you have collected over the years from vacations.  Pictures and magnets all over your refrigerator.  Remember they want to picture themselves living in the house, not you.
  2. Wall Color – While you may like certain colors in your house the next person may not have the same taste as you.  When selling your home picking light neutral colors are the best bet to make the home have a fresh clean look.  Light colors also help make the home look bigger.  No one wants to see huge green wall and orange wall in one room.  This just means more work for the buyer before they move in and could be perceived as a hassle. One big mistake is to choose a cheap neutral either or one that is on clearance to save money.  I have seen  this many times and it doesn’t help other then you putting a nice base coat on the walls.  Take my advise spend the extra couple bucks on a nice paint and color.
  3. Keep it Clean – Clean like the President is coming over for dinner.  A clean house means a home that is well kept.  When there is dust all over your picture frames, your windows are cloudy this gives the appearance of laziness and people may thing that other more important items were not well maintained.  This is essential to selling your home.  The last thing you want is for someone to feel dirty after they left your house.   Also, put out some air fresheners.  Every home has a unique smell, so if you have a nice scent this will make the visit more pleasant.
  4. Fix those little things that you were avoiding – The leaky faucet, or light switch that is broken or the screen door your dog broke though.   The little things can mean a lot when it comes to selling your home.  These things are not huge expenses and can give your home the appearance people are looking for.  If you leave loose ends untied this may turn away prospective buyers.
  5. Outdoor Space – What is the first thing people look at when they are buying a house?  The picture of the outside online or when driving buy.  Curb Appeal is HUGE.  That bush that is so big now it is blocking your front window, now is the time to trim it.  Any weeds or plants that are look like they have had better years need to go!!  Clean it up.  Sweep up any debris or leaving on your driveway or patio.  Again people want to see that you kept a well maintained home.

There are many other things that can be done to keep the home looking its best but here are some huge low cost things you can do to spruce up your home and get top dollar.

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  1. I am a real estate photographer and as a photographer you learn to move stuff around. I see plenty of real estate photos with easy fixes that would make a world of difference as you described above.
    Tip for Realtor:
    Send Tiffany’s staging tips to your clients and your Photographer.
    Here is some stuff if shot. We used a Professional Stager on these Luxury Propertied

  2. I often hear these kinds of tips, particularly about the pictures. I guess I am the exception. When I’m in the market to buy for myself, I’m looking for a place that needs a little fixing up. I figure it’ll depress the price a bit.

  3. Useful tips! I no broker but I want to sell our old flat in the province. I really don’t have any idea how much it will sell.

  4. @ John , I think you’re making Tiffany’s point. She’s saying that staging the house, from a seller’s perspective, is money in the bank.

  5. Hi Tiffany,
    I like the tips to stage our home.These tips are simple and can easily be followed.It is a low cost list so there is no excuse.

  6. True, who would want to buy a messy house? I’m sure I don’t! :D

  7. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks.. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar.

  8. Charmaine says:

    Make sure every room is staged in such a way that it’s purpose is defined. If it’s a bedroom, make it a bedroom. If it’s a home office, make it that. If you have a small simmering crock pot, try putting in a few sliced apples, some butter and brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and let that simmer inconspiculously during open houses and showings.

  9. Excellent post! I’ll definitely be pinning this !

  10. Very useful tips for owners who want to upraise their flats to sell. Will share to my network. Thanks!

  11. I completely agree with your tips that are much useful for every home owner. Yes!! Every home buyer need tip top homes so it’s our responsibility to renovate and proper decorate homes before selling. I really enjoyed your tips. Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Home staging is one of the vital things you could deal with when you decided to sell your property fast. It can give possible overviews such as it helps market your property fast and that means swift selling ability for the best possible time. But still it requires doing things such as making your personal stuffs uncluttered by organizing them. And all those mentioned tips on this post!

  13. Thank you for sharing your useful tips! Being a seller, you must be able to set a good impression to your customers.

  14. Making sure that all things are in great condition and updated should be the first priority of all home sellers. Home buyers nowadays are more demanding. Thanks for all this great tips!

  15. Great Tips!! There is no doubt that home staging is an essential step to make your property look presentable especially when you have decided to sell your property. There are crucial things that need to be taken into account. Certainly you need to organize your property in order to sell it fast. In this regard, some of the tips that you have pointed out in your blog would definitely be useful for the sellers.

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