If you are planning to sell your home shortly, it’s time to consider staging. When someone comes to your home, they should be able to imagine what their belongings will look in the house. Proper staging can make small spaces appear bigger and make the home feel warm and inviting. This guide provides you with a few tips to ensure every room in your home in staged properly.

Start Outside

The first area to focus on is outdoors. When a buyer first pulls up to the house, you want them to be wowed by how great the house looks. Proper landscaping is one of the keys to curb-appeal. Consider having the house, walkways, and driveway power washed. If the outside of the house looks amazing, it makes people want to see what’s inside.

Stage the Family Room

When staging the family room, consider the layout of your furniture. Be sure that the design makes the room appear as large as possible and that the room doesn’t feel crowded or cramped. You may need to put a few pieces of your furniture into storage to ensure that there is ample space in the room for people to walk around. Remove any artwork from the walls and bookshelves that may not appeal to potential buyers.

Stage the Dining Room

When staging your dining room, you want to be sure people can imagine themselves having dinner in the area. You may want to remove some of the chairs from the table to maximize space. Having eight chairs crammed around a table can create a cluttered look in some homes. Having a lovely chandelier hanging over the table can also add a lot of visual appeal to the room.

Stage the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house when it comes to staging. Keep the counters as uncluttered as possible during the time the home is on the market. Having too many items on the counters makes it look like there’s less space, and we all know that counter space is a hot item. Take time to organize your cabinets. Potential buyers will want to see how much storage is available in the cabinets, and a nice cabinet is impressive. Be sure to clean the fronts of your cabinets and appliances, as well.

Stage the Bathrooms

Hang fresh towels on the towel racks, and replace worn shower curtains. Store hair care products, shaving equipment, and any other odds and ends in a drawer or cabinet to keep them off of the top of the vanity of in the bathroom. Being organized and putting these items away helps the buyer focus on the room. Remove large trash cans and hampers to maximize the space.

Stage the Bedrooms

Be sure that children’s toys are well organized and that the room does not seem overly cluttered by oversized furniture. Organize closets and remove items from closet floors. If possible, use hangers that match for an impressive look to any closet.

Maintain the staged, clean look and feel of your property during the selling process. There may be times when you have short notice about a showing. Reduce stress by doing house checks throughout the day.

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