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7 Brilliant Home Staging Ideas to Make Your Open House a Success

Beautifully staged master bedroom

Are you currently in the middle of trying to sell your home? Are you trying to get the process over with as quickly and painlessly as possible?

If you want to sell your home more quickly, you might need to put some more work in before you start showing it off to potential buyers.

By taking the time to stage your home properly and address small problems before you try to sell, you can speed up the process and potentially get more for your house. Who wouldn’t want that?

If you’re interested in learning how to stage your home, keep reading.

Listed below are some home staging ideas that can help you sell your house as quickly as possible.

Benefits of Home Staging

Are you still on the fence about home staging? You might change your mind when you realize that 49 percent of buyers’ agents have said that staging a home had an effect on the way buyers viewed it.

What is so great about home staging, though? Some of the greatest benefits that come from good home staging practices include:

  • It’s easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in your home
  • Time on the market tends to decrease
  • You can supply buyers with a move-in ready home, which can increase your home’s sale price
  • Staged homes are easier to market online
  • Staged homes stand out from other homes in the area

Clearly, home staging can be beneficial. And, if you want to decrease the time your house spends on the market and potentially get more money for it, it’s a must.

7 Simple Home Staging Ideas

Okay, you’re convinced that home staging is a good idea. But, how do you actually go about staging your home? 

The following home staging tips are a great place to start:

Nice decluttered living room

1. Clean and Declutter First

The first steps you should take when working on staging your home are to declutter and clean your house.

Start by getting rid of as much clutter as possible. This includes things like moving boxes, seasonal items (such as Christmas decorations), and unused kitchen appliances. Basically, anything that’s not absolutely necessary ought to go.

Next, clean your house top to bottom before you make any attempts to redecorate or upgrade.

When you’re cleaning, pay special attention to the windows and rain gutters, as well as often-neglected parts of the interior like baseboards, grout, and moldings. Prioritizing these areas can make your house much more appealing to potential buyers.

Nicely staged kitchen

2. Prioritize the Kitchen

Of all the rooms in your house, the kitchen is one of the most important to stage. After all, the kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in your house.

When it comes to staging your kitchen, some changes you might want to make include:

  • Stain or repaint the cabinets
  • Replace the hardware on the cabinets and drawers
  • Update the countertops
  • Consider investing in new appliances

Some of these upgrades can be expensive. But, new appliances (especially stainless steel appliances) are a big hit with most buyers. If you want to increase your chances of selling your house, new appliances might be worth the splurge.

Beautiful master bedroom

3. Update the Master Bedroom

The master bedroom also ought to be a priority when it comes to staging your home.  

When you’re staging the master bedroom, it’s important to make it appealing to both men and women.

Get rid of items that seem to be gender-specific and paint the walls a neutral color. You might want to replace the bedding with a gender-neutral option, too.

If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to staging the master bedroom, you might want to learn more about bringing in an interior designer to help you get the job done. 

Beautiful home exterior

4. Enhance the Exterior

You also ought to make an effort to freshen up the outside of your home, too. This is the first thing people are going to see when they arrive at your house, so you should put some effort into it.

Some basic changes you can make to enhance the exterior include:

  • Keeping the lawn mowed
  • Keeping your flowerbeds weeded
  • Planting new flowers
  • Filling in cracks in the driveway or walkway

You might want to consider repainting your front door, too. 

Lots of storage space

5. Show Off Your Storage Space

You can appeal to even the pickiest of homebuyers if you show off all the storage space your home has to offer.

Showcase your closets, cupboards, and cabinets and make it clear that there’s plenty of room for all their belongings.

In order to this, you’ll need to do some serious decluttering and get rid of as much as you can from these spaces.

Two women sitting on a very nice patio

6. Freshen Up the Deck or Patio

While you’re working on the exterior, be sure to give your deck or back patio a little TLC as well.

Consider repainting or staining your deck, and get rid of any weeds that might have sprouted in the cracks of your patio.

Placing a nice table and a couple of outdoor chairs on the deck or patio can also make a big difference to potential buyers.

Interior that still looks "lived in"

7. Make Sure it Still Looks “Lived In”

Finally, be sure not to go overboard when it comes to cleaning and decluttering. You want your home to be clean and open, of course. But, it still needs to look lived in. 

Simple accents can help your home to look more inviting. Some good additions include:

  • A cookie jar in the kitchen
  • Fresh flowers in the living room or dining room
  • Soap in the bathroom
  • Fresh towels in the bathroom
  • Some fresh fruit on display in the kitchen
  • Accent pillows or neutral decorations in the bedroom

Remember, if the house is too empty, it might be hard for buyers to picture themselves living there.

Very nicely staged dining and living room

Need More Help Selling Your Home?

Put these home staging ideas into practice and you’ll likely find that buyers are a lot more interested in purchasing your home. 

Proper staging isn’t the only practice that can help you sell your home faster, though. 

If you’re looking for more strategies to sell your home quickly (and at the right price), check out some of the other articles on our site today.

This one about getting your home ready to sell is a great starting point.

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