Stewart Blog Article

How to Stage Your Home for Sale

Published on: March 02, 2021


Are you getting ready to sell your home? Making your house look the part is essential to setting a strong first impression with potential buyers. However, where should you start and how do you stage a house for sale while living in it?

According to a 2019 report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 22% of sellers’ agents said that staging a home increases the offer price by between 1% and 5%. Considering the median cost of staging was $400 that year, this could mean a good investment to the ultimate value of your home. However, there are plenty of things you can do for free or for cheap. From tidying up, to taking stock of what you already have, here are some tips to consider.

Paint Walls Before Selling Home
    Give your walls a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color.

What are some easy things I can do?

Decluttering is the first and easiest part of the process. This also gives you the opportunity to trim down your belongings before packing up. Get into the Marie Kondo mindset – if you have excess furniture that no longer bring joy, donate or sell them. Then, contain your messes. Especially if you have a messy office or child’s playroom. Naturally, if you are still living in your space, toys will find their way around the home. However, make sure everything gets tucked away when your showing begins.

What is the best way to stage a house for sale?

The same NAR report stated that the most common rooms to get staged are the living room (93%), kitchen (84%), main bedroom (78%) and dining room (72%.) However, staging your home doesn’t mean renting new furniture. Take inventory of what you have. First, use what is on hand that is in good shape and in a neutral style, and then review what feels dated or worn. If you have anything that doesn’t look the part, consider moving it to your garage or storage. From there, walk through your home and consider furniture placement. Having your rooms furnished with purpose allows buyers to imagine living in the space. Consider your patio for example. Having plants and a patio set laid out is much more interesting than leaving the concrete empty.

Tackle quick repairs and refreshes.

Don’t forget the basics of your home structure. Has your paint seen better years? Do the faucets look rusty? Now is a good time to give your home a quick facelift. After all, a layer or two of paint can do wonders.

The same can be said for bold paint colors or wallpaper. While you may love your floral wallpaper, the average home buyer likely will not. Try a neutral and soothing paint color – The Spruce has a good write up on some neutral paint trends for 2021 that you can look at here.

Want to learn more about getting ready to sell? From decoration tips like these, to closing specifics, we’ve got you covered: