How To Stage Your Home For A Sale

Last Updated on May 30, 2024 by SampleBoard

Home staging is a step that many people skip when selling their homes. However, it can have many advantages that make it incredibly worthwhile.

In fact, it’s often the secret ingredient to a successful sale.

This guide explains exactly what home staging is, how you can benefit from home staging, and what steps you can take to stage your home.

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What is home staging?

Home staging essentially involves making your home look more attractive for sale. Its major benefits include:

  • More viewings: Staged homes look better in pictures and can encourage more viewing.
  • Faster selling: Staged homes can sell 3 times faster than non-staged homes
  • Increased value: Staging your home could allow you to increase the price of your home by up to 10%

Staging a home is something you should do directly before putting it on the market.

While you can carry out major remodeling to make your home more attractive, home staging is typically more about dressing up your home and only making very minor renovations.

You should aim to spend no more than 1 to 2% of your home’s value on home staging. This allows you to benefit more from the added value it brings.

How to stage your home

There are professionals that you can use to help stage your home. However, you may decide it’s cheaper and easier to do it yourself.

Whether you hire professional help or not, home staging will usually involve carrying out the following steps.

Declutter

Moving home is the perfect opportunity to declutter. You’re going to have to sort through all your stuff anyway while packing, so you may as well get rid of items you don’t want.

The more clutter you get rid of, the less time and money you’ll spend on removals. Getting rid of clutter will also make your home look more attractive to potential buyers - making each room feel more spacious and clean.

Take the time to declutter well in advance. This will give you time to sell any unwanted items that could be valuable, or potentially donate any items that are not valuable but still useful.

Some people recommend decluttering room by room, while others find it easier to focus on categories of items. You could aim to pack as you declutter.

Depersonalize

On top of removing clutter from your home, you should also consider relocating personal items like photos souvenirs, and collectibles.

Depersonalizing a home makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. If there’s too much personal stuff, this may be harder to do.

But what should you do with all your personal items?

While you may be able to hide some items in cupboards or drawers, a more effective option could be to put items temporarily in self storage.

This allows you to keep onto it to move into your next home while keeping it out of your current home.

Deep clean

Once you’ve decluttered and depersonalized your home, the next stage is to deep clean it. This involves cleaning every inch of your home so that it looks fresh and sparkly during viewings.

Focus primarily on visible grime like dust, cobwebs, mold, stains, and marks. You can also create an impression of cleanliness by introducing clean fragrances to the air.

You can hire cleaners to deep clean your property, or you can clean it yourself. If you clean it yourself, consider whether it’s worth buying or hiring some specialist equipment such as anti-mold spray and carpet cleaning machines.

Repair cracks

Cracks are one of the biggest concerns buyers have when buying a home.

While most cracks pose no threat of subsidence or leaks (something a buyer can confirm if they arrange a home survey), you could still find that some buyers are put off by the sight of a crack in a wall. So consider filling these cracks in.

This is something you can easily do with caulk. Deeper cracks may require more professional treatment, and you may want to get a surveyor in to check out just how serious they are.

Repaint the walls

A step you could consider next is to repaint the walls.

This could push up your staging costs quite a bit, but could be worthwhile if your walls are looking a little worn or dirty (or if you’ve applied polarizing paint choices like lime green or pink to certain rooms).

Wallpaper removal could also be something to consider, as wallpaper is often not to everyone’s taste. Focus on the areas you think would benefit most from repainting.

You can paint these rooms yourself, or hire a decorator. Stick to neutral paint tones as these can give your home an appealing blank canvas feel.

Fix up flooring

Damaged flooring could be an eyesore and could affect how buyers feel about your home. Your next step could be to consider replacing flooring that is worn, permanently stained, or otherwise damaged.

Try to keep the cost down by considering cheap laminate and cheap carpet options. There’s no point investing in high-quality flooring as you won’t be around to enjoy it and cheaper flooring will often look just as good when new.

You can hire professionals to lay down flooring or do it yourself. With stone tiles or hardwood, refinishing may be required to spruce up your flooring - which is something best left to a professional to guarantee the best quality results.

This shouldn’t cost too much.

Redress windows

Do any windows have damaged curtains or blinds? Hanging up some new curtains or blinds could help to make windows look more attractive.

Try to spend as little as possible on new curtains and blinds. You can find many curtains and blinds that are priced low but look premium (at least, when they’re still brand new anyway).

Add houseplants

Houseplants are a small way of literally adding life to rooms. They can make rooms feel healthy and full of vitality.

Try to choose real plants and make sure that you don’t spend too much money on them.

Avoid distractingly unusual plants - simple green leafy plants are all that is necessary. Make sure you keep these watered throughout the viewing process.

Illuminate

A bright home can feel more cheerful. During viewings, you’ll want to turn on all lights and open all curtains beforehand to let in the sun.

Make sure to replace any bulbs that need replacing. If light fittings are broken, consider calling out an electrician to repair them. You could also consider buying small lamps to light up gloomy corners.

Hire props

Many people stage their homes using their own furniture and ornaments. However, it’s possible to move out all of your belongings and move in temporary hired props instead.

This may be necessary if your furniture is all worn or a bit wacky - and you don’t want to replace it. Home staging services can come into use here.

Not only do they own these props to hire, but they can arrange them around your home in a way that makes your home look more appealing.

Tidy up outdoors

You’ve now staged the inside of your home, but what about the outside?

There are all kinds of jobs you may want to consider here too such as cutting the lawn, raking leaves, cleaning the driveway, or even cleaning your roof.

As with all interior staging solutions, you should try to keep the costs low. Do as much as you can yourself.

Find temporary accommodation

It could be worth staying with family and friends while staging your home and accepting viewings. This prevents you from creating a mess and undoing your hard work.

It allows you to remove personal items like toothbrushes and kitchenware to depersonalize your home. Of course, if you don’t have any local family or friends, you may not be able to do this.

Conclusion

Staging your home may seem like a lot of extra work, but it can make a real difference to the value of your home and the speed at which you find a buyer.

A lot of it is stuff you’ll have to do anyway before the buyer moves in (such as decluttering and cleaning), so you may as well do it beforehand.

Realtors and staging companies can offer advice on how to stage your home for maximum impact. 

And don’t forget about advertising methods like custom yard signs—they're a great way to attract local buyers who might just drive by and fall in love with your home. 

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