16 Quick Tips for Staging Your Home

1. Give curb appeal a boost by power washing the walkways, hanging easy-to-read house numbers and exercising your green thumb.
2. Create an inviting porch with a new doormat, potted plants and a couple of pieces of furniture.
Bonus Tip: Keep the porch light on at night in case any potential buyers drive buy in the evening.
3. Make the most of a small bathroom by replacing your old vanity with a new pedestal sink.
4. Don’t get rid of clutter by cramming everything into a closet – buyers are going to look there, too! Give your closet a good cleaning and donate anything you can do without.
5. Create a gender-neutral master bedroom by repainting the walls, investing in new bedding and getting rid of any features that are too male- or female-oriented.

Joy Coakley for Poppy Creative Agency

Joy Coakley for Poppy Creative Agency

6. You don’t have to completely replace dated cabinets, just stain them and replace the hardware with modern fixtures.
7. According to HGTV, kitchen appliances can lead to high returns. Replace any old appliances that look outdated.
8. Turn an ugly fireplace into a prominent selling feature by ditching the brass screen, giving the entire fireplace a good cleaning and using stone color enhancer to polish the brick.
9. Built-in bookshelves are a great selling point, but it’s important that they stay uncluttered. Arrange items in clusters instead of letting certain items stand out from the crowd. You’ll show off attractive shelves without showcasing personal items.
10. Just because your home is your style, that doesn’t mean it’s the right style for your buyers. Ask a stylist what sells, then update your home accordingly.
11. There’s a difference between crisply clean and too unblemished to live in. Add lived-in elements, like fresh cut flowers and produce from a farmer’s market.
12. A lot of homeowners overlook their dining room table, which may be bare between meals. Instead of one large arrangement in the center, line a series of smaller items down the center to create a 3D runner.
13. Open shades to let natural light shine in. If there are a few rooms that don’t get much sunlight, fake it with light colors and plenty of artificial lighting.
14. Find a stylist who can help you rearrange your furniture to create symmetrical, inviting areas.

Sean Dagen for Poppy Creative Agency

Sean Dagen for Poppy Creative Agency

15. Don’t experiment with wild, “fun” colors. Opt for neutrals, which will appeal to the masses.
16. Clean! By the time potential buyers step through the door, every part of your home should be sparkling. If need be, hire pros to come in and give everything a good floor-to-ceiling scrubbing.

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