Laura's Thoughts: 5 Staging Tips

Real Estate Agent with Amerivest Realty


As a recent buyer (and seller) and the assistant to a Realtor that makes staging a BIG priority - here are my thoughts on the topic...

When people hear "Staging to Sell' they often think of those HGTV shows and the dollar signs associated with all those upgrades.  Staging your home doesn't have to be a big monetary investment.  (Tara's an advocate of not spending any more money than you absolutely have to to sell your house...) There are several key (and inexpensive) things ANYONE can do to help assure a great showing appointment:


1.  Think Clean  When your house is on the market, everything needs to be clean - leave no surface untouched. (Tara says, "You can never be too clean!")  I think Magic Erasers* are a sellers best friend - they work wonders on doors, baseboards, and trim!  Marks you thought were permanent will rub right away with those magical sponges!

2.  De-Clutter  Your home itself should be easily visible.  Buyers need to be able to look past your belongings and envision themselves in your space.  That being said, don't over-do it!  Buyers also want your house to look livable.  A neat trick to achieve the right balance is to photograph your rooms.  If, in a picture, your belongings appear to take over the space, buyers will likely feel the same way.

3. Don't Cram the Closets  Some sellers may be inclined to put all that “extra clutter” in the closets.  Potential buyers WILL open your closets - and they want to be assured that your home will provide an abundance of space.  Even if you feel you are running out of space, it's important not to show that to be the case.  Clothes should be hung orderly, with enough space to actually slide apart and see the individual clothing items.  Having matching hangers also makes a big impact at a low cost.  Shoes and accessories should be stored neatly or even concealed all-together in baskets or bins.

4. Have a Broad Appeal  When your home is listed, you have to be prepared to appeal to all different types of buyers.  A good place to start is with neutral paint colors.  Think khakis and grays.  Paint is a pretty affordable way to make your home appeal to a wide range of people.  If you have children, make sure their toys are picked up and stored away for showings as they can easily make your home seem as if there isn't ample space.  Storage providing coffee tables and wicker baskets with lids are great options to hide toy clutter quickly and effectively.

5.  Curb Appeal  Think of the outside of your home as the "first impression."  Many buyers will do a "drive-by" to get a quick look and make sure they'd like to schedule a showing for your property.  Then, once a showing is scheduled, buyers will be standing around on your front porch as the agent fumbles to get the keys from the lockbox and open the door.  Make sure the outside of your home is clean and crisp: have the lawn mowed, driveway and sidewalks clear, outdoor lights lit (make sure all the bulbs work), and clear away any cobwebs or wasp nests.  If you have the space, adding a couple nice outdoor chairs or topiaries can really make your entry inviting.  Always leave buyers with a good first impression, whether they are just driving by, or about to walk in your front door.

*I am not in any way affiliated with or endorsed by the Magic Eraser brand, however, if this blog post manages to boost sales for Mr. Clean and they would like to thank me with free samples - by all means, do so.


Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Tara, these are very affordable and easy to do steps to make a seller's home attractive to the most potential buyers.  They certainly are worth the effort involved.  Sometimes sellers do not want to make the effort, and it does negatively impact the viability of the property for a quick sale.

Jan 17, 2014 12:26 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Tara, I forget to mention the clever disclamer you have!!!

Those Magic Erasers are awesome in what they can do!!!!

Jan 17, 2014 12:27 AM