5 Steps to Staging Your Home Like a Pro

Is your home for sale but there aren't any offers yet? There could be an easy fix: staging your home.

Simple changes can make a big impact on the way buyers view your home—and, more importantly, picture themselves living in it. These pro tips for staging your home can help you get from "for sale" to "under contract."

1. Put your personal items away

Your family photo collection and your to-do notes are all lovely. However, when it comes to staging your home, anything highly personal—such as photos, paperwork and toiletries—should be stowed out of sight.

This allows potential buyers to imagine themselves in the space instead of being reminded that, for the moment, they're in someone else's home.

2. Clear the clutter

In addition to personal possessions, clear all clutter from your home. Throw away what needs to go, donate what you no longer use, sell what you can and pack everything else away.

3. Do a deep clean

Once you declutter, deep clean your entire house. You can do this yourself or hire a professional cleaning service to do it for you. Make sure every room is dusted, wiped down and polished up so everything looks fresh from ceiling to baseboards.

4. Take care of small repairs

Do all of the lightbulbs in your recessed kitchen lighting fixture work? Do any walls need a fresh coat of paint?

These are minor repairs that you can easily and inexpensively take care of yourself, and they make a difference when it comes to appealing to buyers. The better shape your home is in, the better your chances of scoring a great offer.

5. When you’re ready to welcome buyers

You've decluttered, cleaned and covered all the minor repairs. Now it's time to make your home feel inviting. Before the potential buyers arrive:

  • Find a pet sitter for dogs and cats
  • Open blinds and curtains
  • Light a scented candle

When you follow these tips for staging your home like a pro, you can increase your chances of receiving great offers from buyers who feel at home.

Keep it up. You're getting smarter about home buying.

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