Five Simple Home Staging Tips

Posted by Eric Miller on Saturday, September 4th, 2010 at 2:45pm.

5 Simple Home Staging Tips

When it comes to getting your home sold, you need to do everything possible to set your home apart from other homes that are on the market. Furthermore, you need to present your home in the best light possible, which means adding a few extra touches that will make your home more appealing to potential buyers. This process of creating a more appealing home is known as staging and here are 5 simple things you can do to help your home sell.

Home Staging Tip #1: Create Curb Appeal

The first time a potential buyer drives by or up to your home, you want it to leave a good impression. Therefore, you should take steps to make the exterior of your home stand out and look great. To do this, you might need to make a few minor repairs, such as applying a fresh coat of paint if the current paint has become faded or chipped or repainting the shutters, door and trim to create a neutral color scheme. You should also remove any clutter from your driveway and yard while also making certain the lawn is neatly mowed and edged. Adding fresh mulch to your flower beds and placing some potted plants outside of your front door will also make your home seem more inviting.

Home Staging Tip #2: Make the Entryway Welcoming

Your entryway, which is the area the potential buyer will first see when opening the door to your house, will also play a strong part in creating a first impression. Therefore, care should be taken to make certain it is both attractive and inviting. To accomplish this goal, you should keep the entryway free of clutter while also making certain it is well-lit. This way, your home will appear larger while also feeling warm and inviting.

Home Staging Tip #3: Depersonalize the Space

Personal knick-knacks and portraits scattered throughout the house make it difficult for potential buyers to anyone other than you living in the home. Remember, you want the buyer to be able to picture him or herself living in the home, so you should remove those personal touches before your Realtor takes the buyer for a tour of the home. In addition to removing personal belongings, you should also paint the walls with a neutral color so the buyer can more easily envision the colors that he or she might like.

Home Staging Tip #4: Update and Upgrade

Spending a little money in order to upgrade or update parts of your home, particularly your kitchen and bathroom, is always a good idea. If your cabinets are outdated, simply purchasing modern knobs and handles can go a long way toward making your home more attractive to potential buyers. Similarly, upgrading to a water-efficient faucet will appeal to today’s eco-friendly buyers.

Home Staging Tip #5: Create a Comfortable Space

As part of the staging process, you want to make every room in the house appear as comfortable as possible. You can accomplish this by limiting the amount of furniture placed in rooms such as the living room and bedrooms while also arranging the furniture in a way that is easy to walk around and is conducive to conversation.

John C. Allen is the broker of Allen Real Estate Services, Inc., a 30 year Sarasota real estate brokerage. He represents buyers and sellers of fine residential real estate including downtown Sarasota condos, luxury properties and waterfront homes. Visit his website at

Eric Miller is an award winning Florida Realtor, salesperson and broker. His website, provides an up-to-date guide to Fort Lauderdale Condos for sale, and the most complete buyer, seller and investor information for the Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Market.

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