Selling a home can be an involved process, especially if you’ve never done it before. You need to find an agent, understand any fees or legal issues involved, and make sure everything is in good shape before you begin showing your home. No matter what, you’ll want to make the best profit possible. For many people, it’s also important to sell their home in a timely manner, especially if they’re relying on the money from the sale to put toward a new home. Here are some tips on how to stage your home in a way that appeals to buyers and helps get your home off the market more quickly.


The first step you should take to improve your home when staging it is decluttering your home. If you’re moving, you’ll want to make it as simplistic as possible anyway, so the less you have to pack up and move, the better. Sort through your belongings and get rid of what you don’t need. Then, use the new space to hide anything you didn’t have stored away before. You want your home to look open and welcoming, not filled with years of clutter.

Rearrange furniture

You might be used to the current set-up of your home, but it could be time for some rearranging. Take the time to move furniture around and see how it looks in different arrangements. Avoid letting anything look too cramped; remove a piece of furniture if you need to! Sometimes, simply moving pieces around is enough to give your home a fresh look.

Improve lighting

If you have broken or outdated lighting fixtures, update them. When you’re getting ready to stage your house, make sure the lighting is flattering and move lights or furniture around to set the room as flattering as possible in the light. Open blinds and curtains to let in natural sunlight and help your home appear more open.


Sometimes, all a house needs is a new coat of paint. Before you stage your home, freshen up some rooms with new paint. You can also paint your front door or shutters. New paint looks bright and helps a home appear well-taken care of and updated.

Deep clean

No matter how well you took care of your home, it could benefit from a deep clean. Get your carpets cleaned, move furniture around so you can clean under it, and go through any small spaces where dust might collect. It will probably take a while to clean your entire home, but the result is worth it.

Make it neutral

People are more attracted to neutral homes because it makes the area look more open. Consider keeping your furniture and paint a neutral color and then add pops of color with well-placed decor. Avoid too many bright colors in a room since it can come off as overdone.

Add small touches

After you stage your home, add small touches to make it feel welcoming. Light a scented candle before a viewing or revert to the age-old trick and bake something before potential buyers get there. Set out fresh flowers and other small items that add a feeling of home, but aren’t too personal.