Five (5) SIMPLE Must Do's When Preparing to Sell Your Home!!

Home Stager with ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey

I have always said this in the past and it still holds true today. The worst thing a client can do when selling their home is NOTHING!! Even a little preparation can go a long way. Over the past several weeks we have had the opportunity to work with many sellers in the preparation and staging of their homes for sale. I want to take this time to share the TOP FIVE AREAS TO ADDRESS.


MUST DO # 1: DECLUTTER...Remember buyers are there to buy your home and they will get distracted by your items that may be blocking the selling features of your home. DECLUTTER, PACK, DISCARD and STORE. Make your HOME be THE STAR!!

LIVING ROOM BEFORE..Buyers cannot see the true size of the room and the large window and fireplace are being blocked by owners items



LIVING ROOM AFTER...Pack it, store it and discard it. Simple staging and painting the walls a warm color to compliment the fireplace now shows this room's true potential

MUST DO # 2: PANELING...PAINT OR NOT TO PAINT...that is the question!! This is the one simple way of updating the look of your home. Simple primer and paint can immediately take your room from the 70's to current times. Here are a few examples of homes we have worked on for your review. I think you will see that the transformation is well worth the investment in painting

BEDROOM BEFORE....Small, dark and dated

BEDROOM AFTER...Paint, decluttering and proper furniture arrangement completely transformed this room


MUST DO # 3 MASTER BEDROOMS SHOULD BECOME MASTER RETREATS, enticing Buyers to relax and unwind at the end of their long day!! 

Master Bedroom Before...Too many items and personal photos create distractions to buyers

MASTER BEDROOM AFTER...By removing some heavier pieces of furniture and artwork and painting with a warmer color on walls the room becomes more inviting.


MASTER BEDROOM AFTER..By adding a decorative element over the bed we created a headboard which adds presence to the space. We also swapped out the smaller scaled tables with larger bureaus from another room

MUST DO # 4..REMOVE RUGS AND EXPOSE THE BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORING. This is one recommendation that I ALWAYS make to sellers. It is silly to keep old, worn carpeting and tell clients that you have hardwood flooring. TEAR IT OUT AND SHOW THEM THE FLOORS. If floors are worn, then I advise clients to have them refinished or AT LEAST get an estimate for same. This way you are equipped for any credits the buyers may ask for.

Which floors would you rather have?? Bedroom Before (again, dark paneling)

BEDROOM AFTER..rugs are removed and with simple furniture arrangement as well as the paneling painted, a buyer will choose this space over the before ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!


MUST DO # 5...Update Kitchens and Bathrooms: Don't let this be a scary item as in most cases these rooms can be updated for a reasonable cost to seller.

Painting cabinetry and installing new countertops is a quick fix for most kitchens. Removing floral patterns in the bathroom and cleaning as well as painting can spruce bathrooms up as well. Here are some examples you can follow:


BATHROOM simply adding warmer accessories you can completely update the look of your bathrooms

KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER...a new countertop, darker paint, and painting cabinets gave this room an updated look and brought in THREE FULL PRICE OFFERS within 24 hours!!

When staging your home to sell it is ALWAYS important to remember that with SIMPLE CHANGES and hard work you can transform your home from a home that sits on the market to a home that has buyers making offers in record time!!

The Team of ReStyled to Sell Home Staging Experts in NJ has been helping sellers pick and choose their battles as to where they need to make the investment into their home. Do not let the process of preparing your home for the real estate market overwhelm you to the point where you DO NOTHING! ReStyled to Sell Home Staging Experts DO THIS EVERYDAY and ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL!

Before you list your home, contact us at 732-995-3425 to schedule your in home staging consultation.

TOGETHER we are changing the way buyers view homes!



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Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Beautiful work Phyllis!!  Paint is an amazing tool, and so many people are afraid to use it!  Such an inexpensive transformation.  Thanks for sharing these tips and pics.

Nov 14, 2009 04:22 AM #1
Randy Larson
East Coast Staging & Re-design - Leland, NC

Very well done Phyllis!!!!  Thank you for sharing!

Nov 14, 2009 11:30 PM #2
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Phyllis, you've shown in the most vivid way why a professional stager can make a difference to a home selling. Nothing else needs to be said. Your photos speak volumes. Kudos to you for a job well done.

Nov 15, 2009 11:16 PM #3
Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN

Phyllis - Great list of Top 5 and fabulous photo examples!

Nov 16, 2009 10:29 AM #4
Andrew Mayon
Triad Real Estate Photography - Greensboro, NC

Phyllis, really nice work.

Nov 19, 2009 09:39 AM #5
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Amazing w hat uncovering those windows did for your rooms.  I enjoyed your before and after photos.

Nov 20, 2009 03:59 AM #6
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ

Hi Phyllis, I am going to show all my sellers this blog after I have the signed listing agreement.

Dec 24, 2009 10:18 AM #7
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