6 Simple Tips For Staging & Selling Your Home Quickly

Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 12:00pm.

1. Choose Simple Color Schemes

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to improve the look of your home. Create simple color schemes within each room, and create cohesion throughout your entire home. Try warm tans, honeys or soft grays to give it a clean and fresh look.

If re-painting a room sounds like too much work, try to add decor and furniture accents that complement the room's existing color. 

2. Aim For Bright & Light Interiors

A home that's bright looks larger. Turn on all lights and lamps and open all curtains and blinds. By setting a mood, buyers will feel more comfortable in your home.

Check for any spots that are unusually dim or light sources that are too shrouded. Interiors should be lit in an even and balanced way. 

3. Quickly Enhance Your Home's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the first impression that buyers have of your home. Many buyers make up their minds about a home within the first few seconds of seeing it.

Easy steps to boost curb appeal include:

  • Repaint the front door and trim
  • Sweep all decks, walkways, and porches
  • Power-wash siding
  • Clean gutters
  • Rake, mow, weed, and trim the yard where needed
  • Take out the trash and remove any clutter


If the buyer gets a positive impression from the outside, they will associate that with your home throughout the entire showing.

4. Start Packing

The way you live in your house is different from the way you sell it. Your property should give the impression that anyone can move in tomorrow and feel at home. 

Remove personal knick-knacks, excess furniture, and family photos. Remember, you are selling the space, not your things.

This is also a great opportunity to start packing things that will need to go anyways (when you sell your home). 

5. Arrange Furniture Into Small Vignettes

Decide what furniture should stay. Keep the basics and remove the extras. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups and place pieces purposefully to create an obvious traffic flow.

This will help each room feel more spacious and open.

6. Keep Practical Spaces Sparse & Clean

Ask most people which room is the most important room in their house and they will probably say the kitchen. Keep kitchens sparse and clean to maximize the space.

Pack up small appliances, remove magnets and photos, and leave nothing on the counters but a cookbook, a fruit bowl, or a small decorative item.  

The same goes for your bathroom. No one wants to see your collection of shampoo bottles, or half-used tubes of toothpaste.

Create Wow, Sell it Now - Why Homestaging Matters

  • Staged homes sell an average of 88% faster than non-staged homes.
  • On average, staged homes will sell for 17% more than non-staged homes.

Let us stage your home for you

At Northrop Realty of Long & Foster Real Estate, we understand the importance of staging a home. We want your home to look as beautiful as possible so that when the right buyer comes in, they immediately fall in love with your house. Since our goal is to help you sell your home, we provide home staging at no extra cost. To find out more about how we can help you sell your house, please visit our Selling guide.

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