3 Simple Tips for Staging Your Home

Placing your home on the market is not a decision many families make lightly. However, when you do make the decision to sell your home, you do so with the hope that it will sell quickly. To make sure this is the case, you’re going to need to make a few minor changes to your house – preferably before you making your listing public.

One of the best pieces of advice any good realtor will provide sellers is on how to stage the home. There are many different ways to do this, but the best way is by making small changes that have a big impact.

Remove all clutter

Buyers want to walk into a clean, streamlined home with no clutter and mess. It’s easier for them to see their belongings in the house in place of yours.

When buyers can imagine their lives in your house, it helps sell them on the lifestyle that comes with living there. When your home is filled with clutter, it distracts buyers and does not allow them to see the home as their own.

Create an inviting smell

It’s so simple and so easy, it’s amazing more sellers don’t consider making their house smell better. Everyone’s home has a unique smell, but it’s not always one that’s pleasant. To help cover up the smell of last night’s garlic-filled dinner or the smell of your toddler’s messy diapers, you need a little help.

Buy air fresheners. You can choose from those that plug into walls or sit on counter tops in decorative jars. Either way, place one in each room of your house to create an inviting smell that reminds buyers of going home for the holidays or spending summers at the beach.

New paint helps

Going neutral is a big help when it comes to staging your home. You might love your red accent walls, but others might view them as harsh and just one more thing they’ll have to add to their to-do list before moving in.

You don’t have to paint the exterior or interior of your home on your own however. Hire a professional to turn your old, tired paint job into a bright new look that will help sell your home faster and for more money.


It’s not the big changes that make the biggest difference. It’s the small changes that help buyers see themselves in your home. By taking care of small things that remove items from their to-do list, you help them decide your house is more move-in ready than others.

Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati. Drew has worked at a variety of different startups as well as large advertising agencies.