6 Things to Keep in Mind While Staging Your Home

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

1. 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.

2. Bright & Light

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.

3. Curb Appeal

This is essentially the first impression buyers have of your home. Repaint the front door and trim; sweep all decks, walkways and porches; power-wash siding; reduce the amount of planters you have; clean gutters and landscape your gardens. If the buyer gets a positive impression from the outside, the buyer will associate that with your home throughout the entire showing.

4. Less is More

The way you live in your house is different from the way you sell it. Remove personal knick knacks, excess furniture and family photos. Remember, you are selling the space, not your things.

5. Create 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. 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.  

Create Wow, Sell it Now

  • 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.