Top 10 Staging Tips - How to stage a home to sell

Top 10 Staging Tips - How to stage a home to sell

Posted by Mountain Luxury on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 3:55pm.

Staging a home is crucial yet often overlooked aspect of real estate. A well-staged home lends aesthetic perspective to potential buyers, and can make the difference between properties selling quickly and for the right price. If your house needs a great deal of work such as new carpets, paint, or plumbing, it is harder to sell. Investing the time and energy into these fixes will save you trouble down the road. Staging may seem daunting, but following these steps will help ensure success.

1) Deep-Clean
Thoroughly clean your home. This includes windows, baseboards, all surfaces, walls, curtains, appliances, light fixtures, doors & handles, and bathrooms. Remove contents of refrigerators, showers, pantries, and closets.

2) Carpet
Have your carpets cleaned and vacuum all floor surfaces prior to showings. If carpet is excessively worn or stained, it is a good idea to replace it. If carpets have pet odors they need to be neutralized, but replacement is often the only option.

3) De-Clutter
De-clutter and organize all areas. “Less is more” holds true here - surfaces should have no more than 2-3 items on them to reduce visual distractions. Prior to photography, all personal items as well as those not included in the sale should be removed.

4) Personal
Safely store all personal items and memorabilia. Prescription pills, jewelry, and other valuables should be out of sight and securely locked up. Items of sentimental value should also be removed for safekeeping.

5) Decorate
Decoration should be tasteful and understated. Knick-knacks should be removed, with 1-3 accent pieces per table, counter, etc. Art and wall hangings are often positive additions, but be sure to remove personal photographs. Too much furniture makes a room seem small, and worn items become the focus of a room.

6) Paint
Re-paint and touch up walls, decks, doors, and outdoor surfaces. Solid neutral colors are best, with patterns used as accents. Repair and retouch any dents, nicks, and damages. Wooden decks and furniture should be restained or painted if there is any chipping, peeling, or cracking present. Touch up pens work great for small scratches.

7) Replace
Replace burned out light bulbs from interior and exterior of home. Rooms which lack adequate lighting can be supplemented with floor lamps. Broken switch plate covers, loose knobs, and other minor fixes will help keep the buyer’s mind focused on the home and not repairs.

8) Deodorize
Reduce any strong odors. Avoid cooking overly-fragrant foods the day before showing, and isolate pet smells by moving litter boxes and food to the garage. Do not smoke indoors or spray excess room-freshener.

9) Listen
Listen for unwanted noises such as noisy appliances, growling furnaces, creaking doors, and running toilets. Reduce the noises as needed.

10) Landscape
Tidy up the yard. Placing a few bright flowers can go a long way. However, too many plants can also look cluttered. In the wintertime, make sure all snow is removed from the driveway, walkways, decks, balconies, and patios.

Of These Tips
Deep-cleaning + painting are the most effective yet inexpensive and quick staging tasks. Prior to a selling, you may want to walk through your property with a specialist to evaluate the flow. For more information & examples of great staging, visit our blog at or call us at 801.745.8400.

6 Responses to "Top 10 Staging Tips - How to stage a home to sell"

Laurie wrote: It is great to de-clutter - and not just closets or extra knick-knacks. I would also recommend that you survey each room to see if your furniture seems cluttered. Sometimes it is best to remove one or two pieces to make a room flow better. You may want to rearrange the furniture layout too for better flow. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 7:35am.

Sarah Smith wrote: I want to sell my house. Thanks for the advice about how you should deep clean your house including windows and light fixtures. I would also suggest getting an agent to help you sell your home.

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 12:45pm.

James Bergman wrote: I would hope that deep cleaning is at the top of every homeowner's list when they are selling their house. It can be hard to fall in love with a house when it is dirty. It leaves the wrong impression and regardless of whether or not you will do anything else to sell your house, you should make sure it is well cleaned.

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at 3:39pm.

Suzan wrote: I love to cook Indian food, but it does have a very distinct smell to it. I guess I will have to cut back on the smelly food while I try and sell our home. Maybe I will get the carpets cleaned and do some other things to make sure the house smells good for potential buyers. I am sure my agent will be happy if I do that.

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 11:38am.

Baxter Abel wrote: I agree with you in that deodorizing your property when staging it is very important. If you have an older property, what are the best ways to eliminate odors that come with the age of the structure? If I stage in the future, I'll be sure to avoid doing things in the house that will cause strong odors.

Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 11:43am.

Sarah Smith wrote: I'm trying to sell my house and want to make sure I stage it correctly so that it sells fast. I hadn't considered that you should make sure to remove personal items and memorabilia. Something else to consider is to make sure you get advice from a real estate agent on how to better stage your home.

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 10:26am.

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