What is Home Staging and How Does it Work?

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What is Home Staging and How Does it Work?

You know that spot in the living room where you accidentally got paint on the ceiling when you were repainting the walls? And those dead plant you’ve been meaning to remove from the flower boxes? Oh, and that closet where to pile up every useless item in the house that you don’t know what to do with? If you’re about to put your house on the market it might be time to address those imperfections. But home staging is so much more than cosmetic fixes! Learn what home staging is all about so you can do it right, whether on your own or with help from a professional.


What is Home Staging, Exactly?

In a nutshell, home staging means showing your home in the best light, from an outsider’s point of view. You probably love your home’s personal touches and even its minor flaws. However, now is the time to be objective, which is why professional input makes a great difference.

Home staging goes beyond decorating and cleaning. You can use it to create certain moods to attract potential buyers. You make the house make roomier, cleaner, brighter, and warmer.


How to Stage Your Home

Home staging is very different from decorating. Decorating is quite personal. Home staging, on the other hand, shows your home’s potential to buyers. Make the home as neutral as possible so that each prospective buyer can imagine ways to make it into their own. Follow the tips below.



A buyer can’t see your home’s potential amid a sea of clutter. Tidy up the space.


Tuck Away Personal Items

The purpose of home staging is to make the space appealing to anyone. Buyers who see personal items tend to think they are invading your privacy. So keep your photos, kids’ artwork, and other mementos out of sight. Remember, home staging should give your buyer room to imagine the space as their own. This applies to furniture too. Your grandfather’s antique desk may hold great sentimental value but, if it doesn’t match the home’s aesthetic, put it out of sight.


Go Neutral

Keep the color to a minimum. You might love bold colors and patterns, but not everyone feels the same way. Stick with neutrals for paint, carpet, flooring, and furniture. This way buyers can easily visualize their own aesthetic.


Let Natural Light In

Do not underestimate the power of lighting. A dark or dim room won’t appeal to anyone. It casts a dark mood and makes the room appear smaller. Open window shades when showing the space to a potential buyer. You can also create your own sunshine with light colored walls. You may also use light-colored furniture and strategically place artificial lighting to further brighten the room.


Make Each Room Functional

Don’t stage extra rooms, like dens, with dual functions. The room can appear cluttered and leave the buyer wondering how to use it. Choose one function for each room.


Deodorize the Space

Any smell can put off potential buyers. It’s highly important for your room to be cleaned and deodorized. Replacing the carpet may also be necessary especially if you have pets or someone in your house smokes.


Hiring a Professional Stager

The Balance, among other home blogs, recommends that you hire a professional. Look at stagers as home artists. These people can take a blank space and make it homey. Stagers are highly knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the process. A stager not only knows about decorating but how to get organized quickly and what buyers are looking for. This means a professional home stager can help speed up your sale.


According to Investopedia, staging your home can increase its perceived value and sell it faster. So if you plan to put your house on the market in the near future, start thinking now about how to stage it.


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