The Ultimate Guide to Home Staging

Are you looking to sell your home, but don’t know where to start? In order to sell your home, you’ll want to do a few things like patch up holes, give walls a fresh coat of paint, and deep clean the corners. For most of us, we’d prefer if that was the extent of what we had to do, and then a quick, full price offer would follow. However, selling your for top dollar and fast takes more than just placing a for sale sign in your yard.

Staging a home is the process of highlighting your home’s strengths to appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.

Today, we are giving you the ultimate guide to selling your home faster using staging.

The Ultimate Guide to Home Staging

1. Appeal to Wide Audience

The first thing to keep in mind when staging your home is that buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space. The less personalized your home, the more people are able to envision their stuff in the space.

Eliminate any unnecessary clutter and remove any personal mementos and keep them in a safe storage bin. Presenting a neutral, well-organized home allows buyers to more easily imagine how they would personalize the space while also getting a clear understanding of the home’s design.

2. Create Space

When our Stone House team goes into a home, we tend to remove some of the home owner’s furnishings. Often times and depending on the current owners budget we will use our curated pieces to create a light, airy feel. This also allows us to place furniture and decor in a way that makes the space look bigger and highlights certain features of the home. There are numerous ways that you can do this on your own as well.

3. Home Decor and Furniture

Before staging, your furniture is most likely arranged in a way that best suits your personal living style. However, home staging is about creating a desirable illusion—piquing buyers’ interest by imagining the life they could have in your home.

Moving furniture pieces away from the walls and repositioning seating to create a more intimate setting allowing a clear traffic pathway, can create a more guest-friendly look as well as open up the space to make it seem larger.

4. Color Palettes

Paint and what color palettes you choose is a key component when it comes to staging. At Stone House we tend to stick to neutrals with a pop of color. Utilizing light paint colors can make the room feel larger and will appeal to more buyers. Just think, would you like a space if it had bright lime green walls compared to a neutral tone?

Related: What the Best Paint Colors are for Home Staging


5. Lighten Up the Space

When you enter a home, lighting is one of the first things you will notice. It’s important to enhance the amount of lighting in your home as much as possible. A few ways to achieve this is by changing curtains or replacing older light bulbs.

6. Focus on Key Rooms

When staging your home, focus on key rooms that can be a deciding factor for the potential buyer. For instance, your master bedroom. If you don’t have the money to buy an expensive new bedroom set, focus on one focal piece to design the room around instead.

Related: Common Mistakes to Avoid When Home Staging

7. Finish Home Improvement Projects

No buyer is going to meet your desired asking price for a house full of unfinished projects. Small but important details like chipping paint, peeling wallpaper, or scratched up floors can make a big difference in how your house shows but don’t take too much time to improve. If you have larger projects that need to be done, we recommend doing them as it will likely have a larger ROI.

8. Creating Curb Appeal

Buyers’ first impression of your home is made when they first pull up to your house. The impression made right then will determine if they want to view the inside or move on to the next listing. The key components to focus on in this area of staging are landscaping, paint or siding, and entryway. Make sure your lawn is freshly cut, hedges are trimmed, and the garden is well maintained is sufficient.

Related: How to Create Curb Appeal on a Budget

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Stone House is a recognized leader and is a full-service interior design and home staging company specializing in high-end residential projects. From renovations to staging, Anna and her team are there every step of the way to bring your vision to life. Stone House believes the functionality of each project is as critical as the design, and that it is imperative to bring clients’ individual style into each and every space.

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