staging your home

Making a good first impression is important when you are trying to sell your house and the best way to do so is to stage your home properly. When you’re staging your home for sale, you need to spend time in each room to make sure you are ready for visitors. We’ve shared tips for staging your bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen so now we’ll move on to the living areas in your home.

Keep these tips in mind when you are staging your home for sale:

  • Put away game consoles, dvds, and remotes. These items are likely things you use daily, but it’s important to hide them from potential buyers because they look like clutter.

  • Shampoo furniture and carpeted areas. This can be a DIY project or you could hire it out. Whatever route you choose to go, make sure it gets done! A single stain on the carpet or upholstery can ruin the experience for a visitor.

  • Clean and repair hardwood floors. You may need to hire an expert for this job to make sure it’s done properly, but it will be worth the expense. Hardwood floors are an asset for your home and they need to shine.

  • Declutter and organize mantles and tabletops. Before your show your home, be sure to put away magazines, books and take down knickknacks. It’s also a good idea to depersonalize the area by taking down family photos too.

  • Remove pet hair, pet odor, and pet stains. We know you love your dog, but the people looking at your home would rather not know he or she exists.

  • Clear entryways of coats, shoes, and other clutter. The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to walk into your home and immediately see a mess. Entryways should always be clear and tidy so visitors get a good first impression every time.

  • Get rid of unhealthy houseplants. It’s okay that you don’t have a green thumb, we don’t judge. Just make sure you hide your sickly plants before you have a walkthrough.

What would you add to this list? Please share your suggestions for staging a home in the comments below.