When getting ready to sell your home, it’s easier to list as-is than address all the down-to-the-wire details. But, before you skimp on those last-minute touches, remember: simple staging done right can make all the difference for a buyer teetering on the edge of indecision, and can showcase your home in a way that’ll warrant better offers.
Before you begin showing your space, consider these 3 simple, room-by-room staging tips that’ll leave a lasting impression.
Simple Staging: The Kitchen
If you de-clutter any room in your home prior to showings, make it the kitchen. Tuck away that disheveled pile of two-week-old mail, put away your kids’ collection of sippy cups, take down the stickers stuck to your fridge, and remove all unnecessary appliances and kitchen gadgets from your countertops (think: coffee makers and clunky stand mixers).
Once your countertops have been cleared of clutter, clean them ’til they shine and set out a decorative bowl filled with citrus fruits to add a beautiful, purposeful pop of color. Hint: don’t forget the pantry and other front-and-center kitchen storage areas. Serious buyers may be looking to see if they’d have enough space for their own pots and pans, so don’t use the “stash everything behind closed doors” method here if you can help it.
Simple Staging: The Bathroom
It’s hard for potential buyers to find that “spa-like” feel they’re hoping for when they’re staring at cleaning products, stacked rolls of toilet paper, and dog-eared magazines in a worn wicker basket. Put these vibe-killing items out of sight, neatly organized in the bathroom vanity or linen closet.
Start by streamlining your products in the shower, then remove unsightly items like toilet brushes. Once you’ve tidied up and scrubbed down, place some plush, white hand-towels — folded neatly, or rolled for a spa-inspired vibe — near the sink alongside a simple, decorative handsoap pump.
Simple Staging: The Bedroom
If there’s any room in your home where less is more when selling, it’s the bedroom. After all, buyers want a serene escape — not a catch-all, multipurpose storage room. In fact, staging a bedroom (especially the master) with multiple uses can actually harm your sale rather than help it, as buyers might worry there aren’t enough rooms in the home to meet their family’s needs.
Opt for basic furnishings (bed, dresser, nightstands, and softly-lit lamps) and weed out any unnecessary extras. Try a timeless wood or mirrored tray on the bed, complete with an inviting candle, small flower arrangement, or relaxation essentials like linen spray. Add a few accent pillows and a cozy throw blanket draped beautifully across the end of the bed — and be sure to stow any non-essentials in the nightstand.