DIY Home Staging: 10 Tips for Getting Your Home to Sell

Dated: 11/05/2012

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It's crucial to know the difference between staging and decorating. Staging isn't about infusing your personal design preferences into a space; it's about stripping it away, simplifying, and concentrating on accenting the good points of the home you're trying to unload. Plenty of people have likened staging to putting makeup on a home--covering up the bad and accenting the good. It's about creating the illusion that your home is bigger, better, brighter, and cleaner than it really is. It is about making people want to buy your home ... today. nailed it when they said, "Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you're striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their own if they purchase it."
Most homeowners can't detach themselves fully enough from their individual tastes--or the emotional paint color decisions they made years ago. That's why it's helpful to hire a professional home stager. My recommendation: Nashville's own Anthea Click at Fresh Perspectives. However, if you feel capable of unbiased staging, you may want to try to tackle staging your own home to make it really shine for potential buyers. Here are 10 DIY home staging tips:
1. First things first, deep clean, paint if necessary, and make minor repairs around the home.
2. Next, take everything out of your house--or out of a room, if you're taking it one step at a time. No clothes in the closet, no family photos, no beloved collections on the bookshelf. Help buyers imagine their own things in the home.
3. Keep color schemes simple. Your home doesn't need to be 50 shades of gray, but the more conscious you are of some buyers' aversion to color, the better off you'll be. Best to introduce color with accessories.
4. Speaking of accessories, the best ones for staging are mirrors, plants, floor and table lamps, area and throw rugs, afghans, pillows and baskets.
5. Polish your furniture and cabinets with orange oil to restore shine.
6. Pimp your bathroom with spa products like towels tied with ribbons, lotions, bath salts, candles, and scented soaps.
7. In the kitchen, clear off your counters entirely, leaving only a large bowl of fresh fruit, a stack of colorful cookbooks, and new dish towels.
8. Set the dining room table as though fabulous dinner guests will soon arrive.
9. If possible, downsize your furniture or remove two or three pieces from a room to make spaces look bigger.
10. Remember to tend to your outdoor spaces, too. Put out a clean doormat or outdoor rug, a potted plant, and some inviting outdoor furniture.
Also, cross your fingers.
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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