Occupied homes have their owners’ furniture, décor items, window coverings and more already in place. Because so much is there already, stagers will typically try to use as much of the owners’ current possessions as possible, while removing more of the personalization of the home.
Keeping that in mind, here is what is normally recommended when staging your home to sell:
Pack away specific items:
Most owners have at least 1-2 extra furniture items in each room. Get a storage unit, hold a garage sale, or give away suggested items. By the way, while the typical advice calls that “decluttering”, we prefer to call it “pre-packing”.
This is a big one. While owners may have pictures of friends and family everywhere, sports memorabilia, or even Star Wars helmets, stagers will want the home depersonalized. The more fun (or crazy) your stuff is… the less attention your actual house is getting from potential buyers!
Let there be light:
Many stagers will have you remove bulky curtains or even add lamps in strategic spots to maximize the light in the rooms. Light rooms feel airier, and ultimately, bigger.
Add pops of décor:
This one may be surprising! After all, if you’ve stored extra items and depersonalized them, why should you put things back? Because your stager will want your home to feel welcoming and warm, not clinical.
Wall touchups and painting:
Don’t be surprised if your stager has you remove the wallpaper or paint over accent walls in a neutral color. While you may love your red kitchen, the colors can distract buyers from looking at how spacious your kitchen is. Even if you have neutral colors, stagers will also recommend you touch up any dings or nail holes that are easily visible.
You may need to replace worn carpets or flooring, or change out very bold colors in your flooring. Just like paint, a quick flooring update can make a world of difference.