Real estate marketplaces bring the competitive traits right out of sellers; no current homeowner wants to have their house up for sale for a long time. Real estate agents would agree with their thought process, too. Both parties don’t want to showcase the property a dozen times and let hundreds of people walk through the halls of the currently occupied home. They want the home sold as soon as possible.


That’s why agents and homeowners work together to market the house the right way, with the correct use of upgrades, remodels, technological improvements, and so on.


Home staging would fall into that category, considering the act of staging literally prepares the house and the rooms within it to be sold. The goal of staging is to make the interior and exterior look appealing; do this successfully and your home will be sold in a matter of no time, and for more money if you get lucky.


What can you do to stage your home properly?


Work on the paint


Paint always seems to be the “Go-To” remodeling tactic. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s quick. Just pinpoint which rooms need a little extra love and affection, tape up the moldings and electrical sockets, and get to rolling that paint on the walls!


Light and neutral colors are heavily favored, so if you don’t have colors that fall under that category, look to re-paint some rooms. It might seem boring at first, but it’s a fan favorite and all you’re really looking for is to have buyers want your house. Plus, such shades make space look cleaner and brighter.


Take things out of your house that don’t belong there


It’s called decluttering, and the process will work wonders.


Start by minimizing the amount of furniture in your rooms - especially in the living room. For staging purposes, you should also put away those family photos and personal memorabilia. In fact, minimal decorations will be the best way to go.


Think about it this way: You want potential buyers to envision what their home could look like if they follow through with the purchase. You don’t want them to see the home’s current status with your design ideas because that may be a turn-off.


Strategically arrange seating areas properly


Staging is especially important for areas where family and friends will go to gather. That includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen areas.


This brings us to how easy it is to stage larger items. For instance, in these rooms, creating conversation areas is an important move. For the living room, you’ll want a sofa, coffee table, chair, and potential other options. You could swap the chair for a loveseat or futon, swap the coffee table for an ottoman, swap the sofa for a sectional, and so on.


The idea is to get the space to look welcoming, as with the living room, it should be a rest and relaxation atmosphere.


For staging purposes, lighting is key in areas that surround conversation spaces, too. It’ll give potential buyers a good look at the space - this pertains to both fluorescent and natural lighting.