Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Good staging lets the buyers imagine themselves in the home, shows off its good features and hides its flaws, turns awkward spaces into usable spaces, creates a positive mood (stagers call it “emotional staging”) and makes the home look significantly better in photos. 

While professional staging can significantly add to the appeal of a home and potentially net a higher sale price, in many cases staging with the seller's own items can be cost-effective and can still create a visually appealing and welcoming atmosphere. Here are some ideas for staging using existing items:

Furniture Arrangement

Optimize Space: Rearrange furniture to create an open and spacious feel. Consider the flow of traffic and make sure each room has a clear purpose.

Declutter and Depersonalize

Minimize Personal Items: Remove personal photographs, excessive knick-knacks, and any items that may distract potential buyers. The goal is to create a neutral and universally appealing space.

Neutral Colors: Consider repainting walls in neutral tones. Neutral colors create a clean canvas and help buyers envision their own style.

Deep Cleaning: Ensure the home is spotless. Pay attention to details like baseboards, carpets, and windows.

Rugs and Pillows

Area Rugs: Use rugs to define spaces and add warmth to rooms.

Throw Pillows and Blankets: Incorporate decorative pillows and throw blankets to add texture and color to sofas and beds.


Lamps: Place stylish lamps in living areas and bedrooms to create ambient lighting.

Natural Light: Emphasize natural light by opening curtains and blinds. Clean windows to ensure maximum light penetration. 

Greenery and Flowers

Indoor Plants: Bring in potted plants or fresh flowers to add life and freshness to the space.

Centerpieces: Create attractive centerpieces for dining tables or coffee tables using natural elements.

Bookshelves and Shelving

Book Arrangement: Organize books and decor on bookshelves neatly. Consider incorporating decorative items and keeping some shelves partially empty for a clean look.

Open Shelving: If you have open shelving in the kitchen, arrange items in an organized and visually pleasing manner.

Bedroom Ambiance

Luxurious Bedding: Invest in quality, neutral-colored bedding to create a luxurious and inviting bedroom.

Matching Nightstands: If possible, use matching nightstands and lamps to create a cohesive look.

Kitchen Presentation

Counter Space: Clear off kitchen counters to showcase the available workspace. Leave out a few stylish and practical items, like a bowl of fresh fruit or an attractive coffee maker.

Functional Spaces

Home Office: If you have a home office, organize it to showcase functionality. Consider adding a small desk, chair, and some tasteful office supplies.

Bonus Spaces: If your home has additional spaces like a nook, reading corner, or alcove, stage them with appropriate furniture and decor.

Clean Smelling

Neutral Scents: Avoid strong odors. Opt for neutral scents like fresh flowers, baked goods, or a subtle candle. An inviting smell can create a positive first impression.

Cleanliness: Ensure there are no unpleasant smells from pets, cooking, or other sources. Ventilate the home before showings.

Remember to strike a balance between showcasing the home's features and allowing potential buyers to imagine their own belongings in the space. Consult with a trusted Realtor to optimize your home's potential through staging. A well-staged home, even with a seller's own items, can greatly enhance its appeal!

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