Top Staging Tips from the Pros

Staging homes for sale has evolved over the past decade, but has been a proven method to get buyers to make an offer. Some ideas have changed, but others have stayed tested and true. Here are some current staging tips from the pros.

Nix the Stage Set: Setting the dining table with plates, cutlery and glasses, or placing a breakfast tray at the foot of the bed appears too contrived to savvy buyers.

Replace Traditional Furniture: Rent or buy inexpensive contemporary furniture to stand in for pieces that appear dark, heavy, old or ornate.

A New Coat of Paint: It makes a place look clean and fresh – it’s the best money you can spend on staging.

Embrace the Accent Wall: While most walls should be painted neutral hues, some stagers now use a bold color or wallpaper on a single wall.

New Towels and Linens: Fresh, fluffy towels and crisp white bed linens are an inexpensive way to suggest luxury.

Edit Personal Photos: Stagers used to recommend removing all personal photos, so potential buyers could picture themselves in the home. Now, many say it’s acceptable to leave some photos if they are pleasant or evocative images in handsome frames.

Reduce Clutter: Long considered one of the most vital aspects of preparing a home for sale, it may be more important than ever to tidy up and sell, store, donate or dispose of unnecessary goods.

Clean Out Closets: Having space in closets makes them look larger.

Avoid Scents: Smells that are pleasing to you may be off-putting to potential buyers. Avoid scented candles, fragrant flowers and baking or cooking right before showings.

Do you have of your own staging tips? We’d love to hear from you.

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