Home staging and design: 7 DIY tips for a quick sale


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April 9, 2018


Key Points

7 easy home-staging tips

1. Make magic with mirrors

2. Pick neutral paint colors

3. Stage with smart tech

4. Use just enough furniture

5. Sweat the small stuff

6. Embrace the rug

7. Keep it clean

If you’re selling your home and want it to sell quickly, you need every advantage you can get. Carefully staging your home is one way to facilitate a speedy sale.

Hiring professionals to stage your home can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. If you’re on a tight budget, however, you can effectively stage your home yourself for a fraction of the cost. Here are seven do-it-yourself staging tips you can implement today to ready your home for a successful sale.

1. Make magic with mirrors

OK — it’s not exactly magic, but well-placed mirrors can have a miraculous effect on your home’s appearance. Mirrors can make your home look more spacious or reflect light from windows to make rooms look brighter and more inviting. There’s also a psychological benefit to strategically placed mirrors: They force buyers to literally see themselves in the home, helping them picture themselves living there.

2. Pick neutral paint colors

One of the joys of homeownership is that you can paint the walls any color you want. But your ideal wall color may not jive with the sensibilities of the buyers perusing your house. Although it can sometimes be advantageous to liven up a home with loud color schemes, it’s often a good idea to paint your home’s rooms in neutral colors, such as beige, pale gray or light blue — soft, pleasant colors that are more likely to appeal to a larger swath of potential homebuyers. If in doubt, seek the advice of your real estate agent.

3. Stage with smart tech

Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular. Staging your home with smart products can be a great way to make your home stand out. In a 2018 Coldwell Banker survey, 42 percent of the home sellers that were surveyed said they would seek their listing agent’s advice about staging their home with smart products. If you want to get started on your own, there are many smart devices you can buy for less than $500 that work with your home’s existing Wi-Fi. Popular device options include smart speakers, thermostats, locks, video doorbells and lighting systems.

4. Use just enough furniture

Displaying furniture is a key part of making a home look warm, inviting and lived-in. But it’s important to strike the right balance. Using furniture sparingly can make your home seem more spacious; too much makes your home look cluttered. Remember: You’re trying to sell your house, not your furniture, so use the furniture to highlight the key features of your house, not to distract from them.

5. Sweat the small stuff

You’re probably familiar with the idiom, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” When it comes to staging a home, however, you do want to sweat the small stuff … at least a little bit.

Small touches can make big impacts on homebuyers. Fresh plants can enliven a room. Paintings on the walls or books on a coffee table can lend an air of sophistication. Taking care of the details can help you forge a personal connection with buyers as they tour your home.

6. Embrace the rug

An area rug can create a sense of warmth and help define the boundaries of a room. It also can be used to match a color scheme and bring the look of a room together.

On the other hand, if you already have rugs in your home, make sure they’re clean. If they’re dirty or worn, have them cleaned or replaced.

7. Keep it clean

If you’re still living in the home while selling it, remember to keep up with your daily housework. Dust and vacuum regularly, make sure toiletries are put away, keep up with dishes and keep the sink clear. Ensuring your home is sparkling clean for potential homebuyers will keep them focused on your home’s attractive features, rather than on all the housework that needs to be done.


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