How to Stage Your Home Like a Pro

Real Estate Agent with Better Living Real Estate, LLC 9152684

Are you planning to sell your home soon? If so, you might want to consider staging your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Staging is the process of arranging your furniture, décor, and accessories in a way that showcases your home’s best features and creates a positive impression on buyers.

Staging your home can help you sell faster and for a higher price, as it can help buyers visualize themselves living in your home and fall in love with it. According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, 83% of buyers’ agents said that staging a home made it easier for buyers to see the property as their future home.

But how do you stage your home like a pro? You don’t need to hire a professional home stager or spend a lot of money on new furniture and accessories. You can use what you already have and follow some simple tips and tricks from a professional home stager. Here are some of them:

Declutter and Depersonalize

The first and most important step in staging your home is to declutter and depersonalize it. This means getting rid of any excess items, such as clothes, books, toys, papers, and knick-knacks, that make your home look crowded and messy. You can donate, sell, or store them away in boxes or bins. You should also remove any personal items, such as family photos, trophies, diplomas, and religious symbols, that might distract buyers or make them feel like they are intruding on your personal space. You want to create a neutral and inviting space that buyers can imagine as their own.

Clean and Repair

The next step is to make sure your home is clean and in good condition. You should dust, vacuum, mop, and wipe every surface, corner, and crevice of your home. You should also fix any minor issues, such as leaky faucets, squeaky doors, loose knobs, chipped paint, or burned-out light bulbs. You want to show buyers that your home is well-maintained and cared for, and that there are no hidden problems or defects.

Rearrange and Balance

The third step is to rearrange and balance your furniture and accessories. You should arrange your furniture in a way that maximizes the space and flow of your rooms, and that highlights the focal points, such as fireplaces, windows, or views. You should also balance your accessories, such as pillows, rugs, lamps, and artwork, in a way that adds color, texture, and interest to your rooms, but without overwhelming or cluttering them. You want to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere that buyers can relate to and enjoy.

Brighten and Freshen

The final step is to brighten and freshen up your home. You should let in as much natural light as possible by opening the curtains, blinds, or shutters, and by cleaning the windows. You should also add some artificial light by turning on all the lamps and overhead lights, and by adding some candles or fairy lights for a warm and cozy glow. You should also freshen up your home by adding some plants, flowers, or fruits, and by eliminating any unpleasant odors, such as pet smells, smoke, or food. You can use some air fresheners, candles, or diffusers, but make sure they are not too strong or overpowering. You want to create a bright and fresh space that buyers can feel happy and relaxed in.


By following these tips and tricks from a professional home stager, you can stage your home like a pro and make it more attractive and desirable to buyers. Staging your home can make a big difference in how fast and how much you sell your home for, so don’t underestimate its power and potential. Happy staging!


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Lew Corcoran
Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Agent
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Real Estate Staging Association (RESA)

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Comments (3)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lew and thank you for the great information in your blog that you are sharing with us today.  Hope you have lots of plans for today!

Dec 06, 2023 08:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lew,

I'm a firm believer in staging! I have a go to stager that is exceptional and my listings always look spectacular. You are right Staging your home can make a big difference in how fast and how much you sell your home for, so don’t underestimate its power and potential

Dec 06, 2023 08:31 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!


Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Dec 07, 2023 10:03 AM