We all know that staging will help you sell your property faster and for much more than your asking price, however, just simply placing furniture in the home will not help.  You will have to turn your home into a home.  Here are some staging tips to help you sell your home.


  1. Brighten up the house

When a room is well lit, it looks bigger and more open.  It also makes the house look newer.  The power of sun-light shining into a home can make a huge difference on how the house makes a potential buyer feel.  Open up the windows so that natural light can come through every window.  Also, use a lamp where the sun does not shine or dim areas.  When a buyer is looking for a new home, they are looking for a house that feels like “home” and brightly lit rooms can help them feel like home.


  1. Give the house a homey feel

Do not leave rooms empty with décor.  You will want to place something in each room that welcomes your potential buyers.  In the bedrooms, place put nice curtains on the window, place a nice bed set on the beds, and place a mirror on the wall.  Place towel sets in the bathroom.  Place pillows on the living room couch.  Put artistic and abstract art on the walls.  Place a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table or on the kitchen island.  Place mats on the kitchen floor under the sink.  These methods will surely make the home feel alive and welcoming.


  1. Define the spaces

It is very clear to see that a kitchen is a kitchen, but sometimes, depending on the house, a room can be “undefined”.  Make the bedrooms look like bedrooms and go the extra mile to define who’s bedroom it is.  Make the master bedroom look like a master bedroom or the Parent’s bedroom.  Make the smaller rooms look like a child’s room.  If you have a large open area, define one part as the living room and another as the dining room.  If you have a spare room that is spacious but does not have a closet, turn it into a nice bright office.  Make a play area in the basement for kids.  Define another room in the basement as an additional bedroom.  Make sure that you define the rooms because it will make the buyer feel like they are already at home.


  1. Make sure it flows

Try not to place large furniture in a flowing path.  When your buyers walk into the house, they should be able to step inside and look around and freely walk to the kitchen or the dining room, then into the bedrooms, etc.  There shouldn’t be any furniture in their paths where it will take their concentration off of viewing the things that they like about the house.  Make sure the house flows well.  A good way to make sure of this is to pretend as if you are a buyer and to take a walk through the house as if it is your first time viewing it.


  1. Create the illusion of extra space or larger space

Play around with the furniture.  A couch placed in one area can make the room look smaller than it really is, and that same couch in another area can make the room look larger.  Move furniture around.  Sometimes a few smaller chairs may make a room look bigger than one big couch.  Make the ceilings look taller by hanging longer window curtains that hang just above the floor.  Leave the bathroom doors and bedroom doors open.  Place mirrors throughout the house.  Use the same color scheme in the kitchen, living room, and dining room if they are all open in each other’s own space.


  1. Curb appeal

The inside of your home can look very nice and feel like home, but if the outside of the house does not look too well, buyers may not even take the chance to go inside.  When staging, stage the outside of the property as well.  Trim the bushes and remove low hanging branches from trees.  Put a flower pot on the porch.  Place a rocking chair on the porch if it is large enough.  Plant flowers and make the grass healthy.    Clean the windows and the side of the house.  Pick up trash that may be in the street.  Replace the mail box or the house numbers on the house to make it look new.


  1. Accent selling points

Every house has its strong suits.  You want to draw attention to the strong suits of the house by staging in a way that will catch the eyes of the buyers.  If you have a nice fireplace in the home or a kitchen with double stoves and ovens, or something that just stands out from other homes, you may want to stage something around that strong area.  Staging items in 3’s usually catches the attention of buyers.  Also, if all items flow with the same color throughout a room, place something with a different color around the strong area.  For example, if you have green table mats and green floor mats in the kitchen, place gold dish towels on the handle of the double oven.  This will draw attention to the highlighted areas of the house.

The main idea of staging is to make the house look and feel like “home” while creating the illusion of large space.  When buyers are looking to purchase a new house, like a craftsman style home in Durham, they are looking for a house that they can see themselves living in.  If the house is empty or looks small and cold or dusty, no one is going to want to purchase it.  Staging your house will benefit you greatly.


Mr. Hairston has been buying, selling, managing and renovating property for the last 10 years. He has completed over 80 transactions totaling over 20 million dollars in residential and commercial real estate. Mr. Hairston has found his passion in residential real estate. He takes pride in helping investors find investment properties and works with them to renovate these distressed properties in an effort to keep neighborhoods stabilized. Being an investor has helped Mr. Hairston in his ability to advise and assist others in completing successful renovation projects. Mr. Hairston is dedicated to helping both investors and homeowners realize their dreams.