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15 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

Staging tips can give you an edge over your competition. Almost everyone wants to sell their home as quickly as possible. Knowing where to focus your time and energy is key.

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15 Staging tips

I have collected lots of staging tips over the years. Here are a few of my favorites that I hope you find helpful as you prepare to list your home.


This step is key. From windows to floors, everything should be sparkling clean. This is a cost-effective way to show off the best features of your home. You don’t want potential buyers to be distracted by dirt. If you have a larger house, you may want to hire professionals. Taylor-Made’s housekeepers will do the dirty work for you.

2. Stage your dining room table.

A styled dining table can make the room look more inviting. A simple flower arrangement, decorative placemats or an attractive piece of pottery can spruce up a bare table.

3. Bedrooms should appeal to men and women

When it comes to master suite decor, keep it gender neutral. Make it appeal to both sexes. Get rid of anything too gender specific.

4. Boost Curb Appeal

People often drive by a home before they schedule a showing with a sales agent. Make sure your home is ready for them. Power wash, plant flowers or fresh greenery, wash windows, keep your lawn mowed and paint or stain as needed.

5. De-Clutter

Clutter. Must. Go. It can be time consuming, but it is worth it. Uncluttered floors, cupboards and closets show off the square footage and storage options in your home, so remove anything that isn’t necessary.

6. Add a Pedestal Sink

Because pedestal sinks make your bathroom look bigger, they can be a worthwhile investment.

7. Stage Outdoor Living Spaces

Potential buyers should be greeted by a welcoming front porch. No matter the size, a welcome mat, potted plants and a few furnishings can make a big difference.

Even if your patio or deck is small, highlight its usability and atmosphere. Furnish it with a bistro table and chairs to create an appealing spot to drink coffee each morning.

8. Let the Light In

Because buyers like bright and airy spaces, keep shades and curtains open. Some rooms just don’t get a lot of natural light, so you can compensate with a light-colored paint and lamps. Light colored furniture can help too.

9. Stage “Extra” Rooms

Clean up that “junk room” so that buyers understand its purpose. You can furnish the room with a desk to make it look like a home office or set it up as a spare bedroom.

10. Rearrange Furniture

Symmetrical arrangements of furniture are typically most appealing. Pull  furniture away from the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create a conversation area.a r

11. Repaint

To create a continuous feel, repaint using just one color for all rooms. It can make your home seem less choppy. Choose a neutral color that will have wide appeal so that everything looks pulled together.

12. Use Mirrors Strategically

Mirrors reflect natural light, so they can instantly brighten up a room. Placement is key. Put them next to or across from a window. It also creates an illusion of depth.

13. Sell a Lifestyle

Highlight the location of your home. This is especially important for Deep Creek Lake real estate. Hang a hammock in the backyard or create a comfortable sitting area on the deck. Create a cozy reading nook in the loft. Make buyers feel at home by showing them what it is like to live there.

14. Add Elegance with White Linens

Give your master bath a spa-like feel. Use white towels and a white shower curtain to add a touch of luxury. Take things to the next level by rolling towels and wash cloths and placing them in attractive baskets. Extend this to the bedroom with white sheets and comforters. Think “high-end hotel”.

15. Minimize pet odors

This one is one of the more important staging tips. You don’t want to let pet odors make a bad first impression. So if you have pets, have all rugs and carpets cleaned. Vacuum frequently. Keep pet toys and beds hidden.

In Conclusion

A lot of effort goes into preparing your home for a successful sale. It can sometimes be a little overwhelming. As a sales agent, part of my job is to guide you through this process. I can help you decide where to focus your efforts and provide an objective opinion. Give me a call at 301-616-5022 to take the first step towards selling your home!

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