Staging Tips for Sellers and Agents

A very clean and appropriate staging for an open house.


Sellers, your job is to make sure the home you're putting on the market is aesthetically perfect. This means no clutter, dust, a fresh coat of paint, minor repairs and depersonalization are all key to presenting your property. Clean everything thrice over. This goes without saying. Once you've cleaned it three times, do it again.


Anything excess will catch the eye in a negative way. Old gadgets, family pictures, knicknacks, loose papers, books that don't match, magazines and children's toys. After enough decluttering of your open house, you will notice clutter where you thought there was none before. Do constant sweeps with your eyes for anything out of place and purge it Nothing is worse for an open house than having things that don't have a place, leading us into our next point.

There is a reason for every room.

In order for them to see their potential life here, you must allow their mind to fill the space with the objects and decor they deem fit. An empty suite is ideal for this, but since that is often impossible, try to keep everything minimal. More space is a better space when it comes to staging an open house, but how do you fit what you have? What's the purpose of this room? If it's a bedroom and you have more than a bed, a dresser, a night table and maybe a little desk, you're going to far. Use only what is essential! 

What about all those random corners you place stuff you don't know where to put? Get rid of it! Call a junk removal company and they will help you free your mind from the worries off attachment to useless objects. Turn that small den you've used for storage into another office space or a guest room. Consider what the potential buyer thinks when they see each part of your house. Make it the most livable place it can be. 


Why is a new coat important? It's imperative. Walls attract scratches, grime and small holes simply from weathering your tenancy. A new coat of paint will breathe new life into your place that you didn't imagine before; at least that's what people who have recently painted their house have said.


Change the light bulbs and match the light bulbs. Fix the kitchen cabinets and oil the door hinges. Make sure the garage door works, as that is often a selling point especially for people with cars. A few minor fix ups of the taps and below-sink pipes wouldn't hurt either. 


No family photos. No crayon drawings of horses done by your 4-year-old on the fridge, in fact, fridge magents should be removed at all costs. Imagine that your place is becoming a set for a magazine shoot or movie scene. It is no longer your home, it is now a piece of property on the market. Replace all the personal touches you've added with photos from trips and graduations with modern decor and stock photos. Anything personal will be seen by a potential buyer as being "out of place." They are looking at it from a "How will my things look and feel here" perspective. 

When you're selling anything, try to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. If you think the product isn't up to snuff yet, then you're right, and you should reschedule meeting potential clients until you fixed the problem. Good luck!