Top 5 Home Staging Tips for DIY

Posted on July 19, 2010. Filed under: decorating, home staging |

I recently contributed my top  5 home staging tips for an article written for  homeowners who have been hit hard by the real estate bubble bursting and who owe significantly more than their homes are worth.  These sellers want to maximize and differentiate their homes from the hundreds of dismal bank-owned properties on the market that are priced well below their worth.  The journalist was looking for inexpensive tips on that homeowners could do themselves.

My top 5 home staging  tips for this kind of home seller would be: 

  1. Make it sparkle: Clean and deodorize every surface, remove carpet stains, polish light fixtures, touch up paint, etc. Do this on the outside of your home as well. Your front yard,  door and porch  is their first impression. Make it the right first impression. It only costs our time and every buyer will appreciate a sparkling clean home that also smells fresh. Paint over any strong colors with a warm, earth-toned, light, neutral color.

    Bedroom with strong colors before staging

    Bedroom with strong colors before staging.

    Bedroom painted in neutral color for home staging

    That same lime green bedroom, repainted and staged


  2.  Remove extra pieces of furniture: store it at a friend or family member’s house or rent a storage facility. Keep only the essential pieces. This will make every room look and feel larger.

    family room before home staging

    Family room before home staging.

    Family Room after Home Staging

    Family room with rug and cabinet removed for home staging. It looks larger and feels brighter


  3.  Open your curtains or blinds: Natural light is what buyers want. If you have heavy curtains, lots of sheers or dark-colored curtains, pack them up for your next home.
  4.  Start packing: pack your treasures, family photos and knick knacks, empty 75% of your bookcases. Having fewer things out will make your home feel fresh while also helping buyers imagine themselves living in your home. Also, remove any religious art or potentially objectionable art and décor items. You never know what may offend a buyer or just distract them.
  5. Ask a professional: Staging your home for sale does not have to cost a lot of money. If you have an awkward room or furniture layout, seek the opinion of your Realtor. If you still have doubts about what to do, ask a professional home stager. Most will offer a consultation for a flat fee. They will tell you what needs to be done and then you can execute the plan.

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Great tips, cleaning and decluttering are so important!

Not only are they important…they are free!

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