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DIY Home Staging Tips

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By on Feb 5, 2018
DIY Home Staging Tips

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Though there are many reasons to stage a home, the most common would be when your house is up for sale. Staging a home helps to show potential buyers all of the possibilities the house has and make it look like a must-have.

While it’s always a good idea to speak to a professional, if you’re in a pinch, there are certainly small things you can do to make your home look as beautiful as possible. We’re sharing the hot spots in your house to focus on, as well as a few general DIY home staging tips to make it look great.

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Clean And Declutter For Home Staging

Clean & Repair

The first rule of home staging is to clean and repair. In any room, it can be one of the biggest deterrents for home buyers. “The most important factor in staging is allowing potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home,” Emily Hoefler said, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. ”This comes from not only function, but an emotional connection as well. After that, it’s making your home appear move-in ready, so potential buyers aren’t coming up with the list of things needing repair or replacement. “

Before you begin to add in décor pieces, work on getting your home in top shape. Make those repairs you've been putting off and work on decluttering the different areas in your home. Then you can begin making sure each room looks perfect for viewers.

Staging A Kitchen

Kitchen Staging Ideas

The kitchen is one of the areas in your home that can really help to sell. Homeowners are looking for trendy and updated kitchens, so you might want to refresh yourself on what’s hot right now. Make sure to clean the kitchen thoroughly.

Of course, it’s the little details that matter in home staging. “Fresh flowers and fruit bowls can bring a little life to the kitchen,” Hoefler said. “Consider also setting out a tray with a few select stemware to encourage people to imagine entertaining in the space. Other than a few choice decorations, keep counters open to maximize the amount of counter space.”

She also suggests that if you have a breakfast bar, to position the stools nearby, but to leave it without place settings to make the counterspace appear larger.

Staging A Bathroom

Bathroom Staging Ideas

Another room that can greatly influence a home sale is the bathroom. Potential buyers are looking for a luxurious and up-to-date bathroom they can feel comfortable. If you’re considering selling your home, now is the time to replace any outdated color tile or bathroom light fixtures.

You’ll also want to help the buyer see the potential possibility of the bathroom. “Once you have a clean space to work with, add simple items, in groups of odd numbers,” Hoefler said. “Good items include towels, candles, small plants, decorative soaps and other decorative items that would make sense to be found in a bathroom. Although you don’t have to invest much money into staging for it to be effective, replacing items like towels and bath mats can really pay off. 

The bathroom is also a place you’ll want to spend any extra cleaning efforts, removing any mildew or build-up from the moisture. This can be a huge deterrent for buyers that may even cost you the sale.

Staging A Living Room

Living Room Staging Ideas

When staging the living room, you want to make it seem large and a space full of possibilities. After all, this is where many homeowners entertain and gather. Think simple for this space and remove any larger décor items. You’ll also want to make sure that natural light and windows are a focal point, so remove any heavy curtains.

The living room is the easiest place to incorporate the latest trends as well, without going overboard. While Hoefler said going out to buy all new décor accessories is not necessary, you may want to see if you have items already that will stand out. “Bold, contrasting palettes are not only in style, but can also be a tool to draw the eye to specific features of the home you might want to show off,” Hoefler said.

Bedroom Staging Ideas

The bedroom is another area where simplicity is key. You’ll want to remove anything that’s cluttering your bedroom, as well as personal items and photos. This can distract the buyer from seeing the potential of the room. Having the right, neutral bedding can go a long way here. Make sure you add in some trendy throw pillows that pop. Make sure the bedroom is well lit before showing, either with beautiful light fixtures or natural light from the windows.

Staging A Bedroom

Curb Appeal

While I have mainly focused on interior home staging, the exterior is important too. Curb appeal is the first impression a potential buyer has when they come to your home. It’s a good idea to spend some idea sprucing up your outside, specifically your entryway. You want to create something warm and welcoming. A few outdoor décor pieces can go a long way.

“Without putting too much more money into a house you’re about to sell, there are a few changes you can make to boost your home’s appeal,” Hoefler said. “Replacing an entry door or garage door not only boosts curb appeal, but will also likely recoup the most cost at 91% and 98%  respectively.”

Home Staging Costs

While there are many tricks you can try on your own, you should consider bringing in a professional to help your home look as appealing to buyers as possible. Decorators who specialize in home staging can point out the details that will make a big difference and might even know a few more budget-friendly tricks that will help your home sell fast. The average cost to hire a decorator to stage a home is $783, with most homeowners spending between $433 and $909. Depending on how quickly you want your home to sell, this could be a worthwhile investment.


If you’re planning on selling your home, there’s likely a lot on your to-do list. Don’t forget about the little details when it comes to staging your home. Cleaning and making repairs is a great first step to take to make your home even more presentable to buyers!

Looking for tips to sell your home? Read 5 Ways To Prepare Your Home For A Sale.

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