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Best Home Staging Tips for Sellers

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The Home Is Not A Space, It’s A Feeling.

The way I look at it, a house is simply a structure, and a home is what we create that property to look like. The more livable things you have in your home, the more care you put into that space, that’s what creates that welcoming, comforting home feeling.

Some of the top mistakes people making when they stage their home:

  • The first mistake many people make is not removing enough of their personal items. You need to focus on the “80/20” rule – meaning you should be taking 80 percent of your things out of the space so buyers can really visualize the potential of the home and see what they’re going to be putting into it themselves. At the end of the day they’re not buying your things, they’re buying the space.
  • Cleaning, or more accurately not cleaning, is another mistake sellers make. I understand that with everyone’s tough schedules and the stress that comes with selling a home it can be tough to clean things, so it’s important to have a cleaning schedule every other day, even if it’s just sticking to the simple things like regularly taking out the trash and vacuuming. This way, the house looks a lot cleaner for a longer period of time and you’re not forced to jam all of your cleaning into one day.
  • Another mistake is the furniture arrangement. A lot of the time people just don’t know how to arrange furniture to maximize traffic flow. Furniture should be arranged in a way that directs people’s eyes to show off the main, permanent features of a room such as the focal wall.

One simple thing that you can do is work more properly to utilize the height of a room. Highlighting the height of a room with a large piece of wall art, or floor-to-ceiling curtains, or even just a shelf can maximize the functionality of that space.

The biggest challenge in a house to stage is the kitchen.
If it’s outdated. It can cost a lot of money to get a kitchen up to date, but there are some simple, cost-effective ways to upgrade it. For example, just getting new cabinets can instantly change the entire look of a kitchen, and the same is true for updating the backsplash.

Another room that can be a challenge is the living room, especially when it comes to layout. People want to still be able to watch their TV and spend time in their living room while their home is on the market, so they may be reluctant to move the furniture around. However, It’s always recommend editing out as many pieces as possible so the room can still be functional while looking its best for potential buyers.

Visit top Stager Tori Toth for her staging tips and home challenge