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Let’s talk about staging tips for selling your home so it appeals to potential buyers who will pay the highest possible price.

Staging can involve rearranging furniture, eliminating items from a room, painting, and even updating and remodeling.

Prudent sellers and agents appreciate how powerful home staging is for selling a home quickly and for the best price.

In this article, you’ll learn the top 6 tips for staging a home for sale. 

Why Home Staging Is Important for Selling Your Home

Staging is designed to showcase a home to impress buyers and motivate them to offer the highest possible price.

Good staging allows the buyer to imagine themselves in the home, highlights its best features, and tries to hides its flaws.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2021 Profile of Home Staging, 82% of buyer’s agents say staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home.  

Even more interesting, according to the same report:

  • Staging the living room was found to be most important to 46% of buyers
  • Followed by the master bedroom, at 43%
  • With the kitchen in third place at 35%

6 Home Staging Tips for Selling Your Home

To help you focus and make the most of your efforts, here are the 6 top staging tips for selling your home.

1. Clean the Entire House

Our first home staging tip is about cleaning. A clean home shows potential buyers that you care and have maintained the home. Ideally, you should clean the entire house, from the floors to the ceilings — and everything in between.

Consider these basics:

  • Make sure your kitchen appliances are spotless 
  • Likewise, make sure your bathrooms sparkle, from the corners of the bathtub to the sink drain
  • Don’t forget your floors and all surfaces, too

Your goal should be to make everything look as new as possible.

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2. Declutter Every Room and Space

There are two central issues with clutter. First, it distracts buyers from seeing your home’s best features. The second is that it makes the home seem smaller.

Give these ideas a try:

  • Box up and put into storage the things you don’t need on a day-to-day basis
  • Eliminate things you no longer need — expired food in the back of the cabinets, and the clothes and toys the kids have long since outgrown 
  • Donate whatever you don’t need or love

Empty storage and space are a great thing, the more, the better.

3. Remove Personal Items

When home staging for selling, this next tip is important – buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove all the family photos, keepsakes, refrigerator art, and so on.

Think about these tips:

  • Keep clothes out of sight as much as possible
  • Make sure the kitchen and bathroom counters are empty 
  • Put away any toys and pet supplies
  • Remove anything else that is highly personal or a reminder of the home’s current owners

4. Have Adventures With Furniture

An important home staging tip is to make sure all the furniture is the right size for the room. Furniture that’s too big will make a room look small, while too small furniture can make a space feel empty.

Try out the following with the furniture in each room:

  • Experiment with placement — move the bed, try out the sofa on an angle, be creative
  • Arrange the furniture to make each room feel spacious, homey, and easy to navigate
  • Make sure the furniture is clean and without stains
  • Make all the beds, and do your best to remove wrinkles
  • Consider renting furniture to stage your home
  • Use throw pillows to add a splash of color.

Whatever you do, make sure the furniture looks tidy and inviting. 

5. Define Each Room

When staging a home for sale, make sure that each room in the house has a single, specific purpose.

Each room should follow its natural purpose:

  • The dining room is for eating and should have a table and chairs
  • The living room should look inviting and relaxing
  • A finished attic could become a home office 
  • A finished basement can become a family room
  • Even a junk room can be transformed into a guest bedroom

Buyers may want to use the room for a different purpose, just help them to see that every inch of the home is usable space. This includes corners, small alcoves, breakfast nooks, and other areas.

6. Don’t Forget the Final Touches

Ensure that all your efforts have the greatest impact with a few final touches that will make the home seem warm and inviting.

Give these some thought:

  • Put fresh flowers in vases
  • Light a few candles 
  • Put new, plush towels in the bathrooms

Often it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. 

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Here’s a Final Tip – Virtual Staging Can Save You Time and Money!

It’s easy to see why staging is such an important part of the home selling process.

However, actual home staging takes time, money, and lots of effort.

But there’s another — and some say — better way.

Consider virtual staging: 

  • Virtual staging saves you time and money. There’s no paint, no remodeling, no need to move heavy furniture 
  • The virtually staged photos create a fantastic online presence when selling your home
  • You save money — the price for virtual staging averages 97% cheaper than actual staging
  • And it only takes a few days

PhotoUp’s virtual staging experts are fast and affordable. 

Best of all, virtual staging is easy and only involves 3 steps:

  • Upload the photos of the rooms you want to be virtually staged
  • Pick from our digital design furniture library. The library is flexible and sets can be customized
  • We send you the virtually staged photos for you to approve and to download

It’s simple — and much easier than moving furniture around and painting. Even better — your buyers will love the photos.

Sign up with PhotoUp today, and learn how virtual staging can make you stand out as a real estate pro!

We hope this blog post helped you learn the top 6 tips for staging when selling your home. 

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Gregory Gronbacher

Real Estate Sales Agent / Professional Blogger

Gregory is a real estate sales agent and a state-certified instructor of real estate licensing and law. Originally from New York City, he's called Grand Rapids, Michigan home since 1995.

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