by Steve Musser

Staging a home is an important part of the real estate process. You want potential buyers to be able to see the space as theirs, and that’s a hard thing to do if there are kids’ toys and family photos everywhere. Here are a few things you should do to de-personalize a home and make it ready for staging.

Eliminating Unnecessary Clutter

No potential buyer wants to have to step around clutter as they are touring a house. Having the homeowner get rid of things that are unnecessary for staging can not only make the space look clean and inviting, but can also make their eventual move easier. For the homeowner, this may mean selling, donating or trashing things they don’t want in their new space. Have the homeowner carefully review their belongings, and pack, donate, or sell things that are not necessary for the home staging. This will help get the space cleared out and ready for staging so that you only have what you need to have in the home at this stage. If you don’t have time to thoroughly clean the space, a professional cleaning crew can work behind you as you pack up and declutter.

Small Repairs

When preparing a home for staging, you’ll want to make sure that it looks its best and that everything is functional so it can look more appealing. When you take down pictures, you’ll likely need to patch holes in sheetrock and paint. Take a look at the baseboard trim while you’re painting and touch up as needed. Check the under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen and replace any burned-out bulbs or fixtures. If you don’t have this lighting, consider installing it as it really can brighten the space and is an easy and cost-effective kitchen upgrade. Walk around the outside of the house and make sure the caulking and seals around the windows are in good shape. Also review the drainage around the foundation to make sure there’s no water standing around and seeping into your basement. Water damage might not show up in pictures, but it can cause problems that would be apparent to someone visiting.

Remove Extra Furniture

You will likely need to get rid of some furniture before you can stage the house. Many homeowners keep too much furniture in a room, which can make it seem cramped. Potential buyers like seeing spacious rooms so they can see if they have enough room to put their own furnishings. Go throughout the house and remove 1–2 pieces of furniture to create an open, spacious feeling. If the homeowner isn’t quite ready to pack all of their furniture into a moving truck, they can get a storage unit to store their extra furniture until the staging process is over.

Staging a home is a crucial part of the selling process. It really helps potential buyers to envision themselves in the space and be more interested in buying the house. Doing these few simple things can be what makes the scale tip in your favor when it comes to selling a house, so it’s worth giving them a try.

If you are looking for more cost effective or faster turnaround alternatives to staging a home, check out our Virtual Staging and other ‘Curb Appeal’ add-ons.

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