9 Tips For Staging Your Home To Sell

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

When buyers look at your home, you won't be there to point out all the great features and how awesome your home is. Your home will need to impress the buyers without you there. There are some things that can help... Below is a list of ways to make your home look its very best.


1 - First, the obvious... your home could be shown at any time, so make sure you clean your home and make your bed everyday.


2 - Remove all personal items from the home. Pack away all personal photos, take down refrigerator art, remove or hide all valuables, put away all prescription drugs, etc...


3 - Make any minor repairs that could distract buyers. Examples are: leaky faucets, burned out light bulbs, squeaky hinges on doors, and broken blinds. Anything that is small and easy to fix, do it!


4 - Make sure to remove pets during each showing. For more info on this, see my blog: Go Dog Go - Mistakes Sellers Make Series.


5 - Make sure to leave blinds open so rooms are well lit with natural light. Also, leave on a few lamps for the cozy feel. 


6 - Get rid of clutter!! Not only do you need to "edit" down for your move, but the more you can remove from closets and other storage areas, the better. You want the buyer to feel like there is plenty of storage. Also, remove items that clutter your counters and dressers. Less is more!


7 - Make sure you  are NOT present for the showing.. for more info on this topic, see my blog: Four Reasons To Get Out Of Your House - Mistakes Sellers Make Series   


8 - Update your front door and locks. Paint the door if needed or if not, clean it well. Then replace the lock set and make sure that the key fits ALL doors.. This makes showing the home much easier for the agent.


9 - Last, but not least, don't forget yard maintenance. When a buyer first drives by, this is their first impression. Make sure to keep the lawn mowed and landscaping weeded. Also clean the windows and porches to make sure all cobwebs are gone! Plant some season flowers to add color and you have a home that buyers will want to go inside!!



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Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

This is a good list! One minor thing I may add (kind of goes with repairs or keeping blinds/windows open) is to address torn window screens.  It's something that is very often overlooked by sellers.  I advise them to discard them (in the south we rarely open windows) as it brings in more light that way, and if not - they must at least be repaired and stored away until closing.

Oct 17, 2014 02:07 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate , quite a simple thing while staging the homes - like small fixes, make home available for showing etc.

(And yes, great series on Mistakes Sellers Make - including pets and being at home when buyers arrive.)

Oct 17, 2014 02:42 PM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Very good list Sheila, required reading for home sellers and their agents!


Oct 17, 2014 04:51 PM #3
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

It's the little things that count or, rather, the accumulation of too many little things.  Good post

Oct 17, 2014 06:14 PM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What a great list, Sheila.  And, yes, it's best for the buyer not to be present.

Oct 17, 2014 08:39 PM #5
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Sheila, great tips and I love the "go dog go", I just wish all sellers would read your post.

Oct 17, 2014 09:02 PM #6
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, Realtor

Good morning Sheila,

Great list of tips for sellers, thank you for posting.

Oct 17, 2014 09:38 PM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Sheila,

These are important tips for sellers to present their home for sale in the best showing mode!

Oct 17, 2014 11:25 PM #8
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Most folks don't realize the key to selling their home is usually the little things that are easy and free/cheap

Oct 19, 2014 04:09 AM #9
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

 Athina -  I just love your name, btw.. and I agree about the screens.. I don’t like them either!

Praful – I have got to get another one of that series done.. I don’t know where my days are going lately!!

Bob – thanks .. I know some agents that need to look at this list!!

Toni -  for sure.. a lot of little makes for one BIG issue.

Debbie -  thanks .. J

Bob – thanks.. couldn’t resist that name J

Katina – YW J

Lisa – just listed three new ones this week and went through the list with them all!

Tammy – for sure… I don’t think most sellers realize a lot of the marketing has to do with them!!


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