13 DIY Staging Tips for Home Sellers

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If you’re considering selling your home, you may want to think about staging it. According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2019 Profile of Home Staging, 83 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home. Don’t have money in the budget for a professional staging team? No need to worry! You can achieve beautiful results on your own. We’ve compiled 13 DIY staging tips to help you showcase your home and impress potential buyers:

  1. Maximize curb appeal: Your home exterior is just as important as the interior. It needs to look clean and fresh, which may require a good pressure washing or fresh coat of paint. Make sure driveways and walkways are debris-free and the lawn, trees and shrubs are well maintained. To lure in house hunters, consider painting the front door a bright color, adding bright-colored flowers or dressing up the front porch with seating.

  2. Clear out the clutter: Visitors should be able to view the features of your home without being distracted by all of your stuff. Too much clutter can hide your home’s true potential and make it appear smaller. To avoid these mishaps, clear out non-crucial items, such as paperwork, children’s toys and knick-knacks. You may find it beneficial to store them offsite in a storage unit or a relative’s garage.

  3. Clean, clean, clean: Now’s the time to perform that deep clean you’ve been putting off for months. From cleaning windowsills and blinds to scrubbing tile grout and dusting baseboards, every inch of your home should be sparkling clean. Carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture may need steam cleaning, especially if you have pets. If it’s too much work or you don’t have enough time, consider hiring professionals.

  4. De-personalize: One of the most effective ways to help buyers connect with the property is by stashing away personal items. Remove family photographs and memorabilia from the walls and refrigerator. Bathroom countertops should remain free of personal items, such as medications, toothbrushes and facial products.

  5. Go neutral: Although bright-colored walls are a great way to showcase your personality, neutral tones like beige, tan, soft gray and warm white make it easier for potential buyers to envision their own style. This doesn’t mean you can’t throw in bold accessories here and there. In fact, strategic pops of color may help visitors feel happy and excited.

  6. Let the good aromas in: Never cook a pungent meal within days of a scheduled tour or open house, especially fish or shellfish. Welcome house hunters with subtle yet inviting scents. Try using a diffuser or candle, simmering fruits or herbs on the stovetop, or baking cookies in the oven. If the weather permits, open windows to allow fresh air to flow through the home.

  7. Lighting makes a difference: Without proper lighting, rooms can appear dark and cramped. A well-lit space is much more inviting to house hunters. Take advantage of the property’s natural light by pulling back curtains and opening up blinds. Combine overhead lighting with table and floor lamps to create multiple layers of light and add visual depth.

  8. Rethink furniture: Each room in the home needs to feel as big and bright as possible, which may require omitting or rearranging furniture. Avoid placing bulky pieces together, in front of windows or in areas that obstruct traffic flow. If your furniture is worn, stained or dated, invest in a slipcover as a cost-effective update, or consider renting pieces that complement your space.

  9. Mirrors are a must-have: Strategically placed mirrors can expand visual space and bring in more reflective light. Hanging a mirror across from a window is the perfect solution for adding natural light to the room. Generate visual interest by hanging a mirror above a fireplace, sofa or console table.

  10. Show off your closet space: Don’t overlook closets. Ample storage space is essential for most buyers. To make your closet look more attractive, pare down clothing, keep the floor clear, incorporate matching hangers and arrange your clothes by color.

  11. Give the kitchen a facelift: The kitchen is often considered one of the most important rooms in a house, and it needs to be bright and welcoming. If your kitchen is dark or dated, painting the cabinets a light color and updating the hardware are easy and inexpensive ways to freshen it up. Keep in mind that visitors may open your drawers and cupboards, so make sure the contents are tidy and not overcrowded. Adding fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit also adds charm.

  12. Don’t overlook bathrooms: When it comes to decorating your bathroom, think spa. Dress up towel bars by layering plush new towels in white or light neutral tones. If counterspace allows, fill glass jars with cotton balls, Q-tips and handmade soaps for a nice decorative touch.

  13. Create an inviting primary bedroom: The primary bedroom should exude a relaxing atmosphere that appeals to all genders and ages. Dress the bed with luxury linens and layered pillow combinations. Add artwork that evokes peace and tranquility such as landscapes, ocean shorelines or desaturated photos in light tones.

While DIY staging may seem like an added layer of stress, it could make the difference between a swift sale or stale listing. It may also help you to get top dollar. For information about title insurance on the purchase of a new home or the closing process, contact an Old Republic Title representative today.