Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. Staging your home highlights its best features. Keeping it neat and clean at all times also makes your home more appealing to prospective buyers, who can drop by at a moment’s notice.

A professional stager should come in to give you a good analysis based on the competition for your house about what sells and what doesn’t. They will give you recommendations about how to set up your house to make it easier to sell.  If you have already moved out, often they can rent appropriate furniture so that your house is set up properly for buyers to help imagine their furnishings in the house.

Gender-Neutral Master Suite: The master bedroom should appeal to both genders. Try to eliminate any decor that may be too gender-specific.

Furniture Placement: Arrange furniture to showcase the shape of the room and emphasize space.

Power of Paint: Need to make a room appear larger than it actually is? Paint that room and the room adjacent to it the same color, creating the illusion of one large space.

Kitchen: The kitchen is a major focal point of most homes. Update, replace or paint cabinets, drawers, appliances, hardware, etc. to enhance appeal.

Depersonalize: Prospective buyers want to see your home, not your photos or personal mementos. Remove as many of these items as possible, which will also eliminate clutter.

Curb Appeal: Unfortunately, a book is often judged by its cover. Maintain the exterior of your home (lawn, landscaping, walkways, lighting, etc.) and keep it as clean as the interior.

Declutter: By keeping your home clean and organized, you automatically make it appear larger and more welcoming.

Aroma: Try to refrain from cooking any strong-smelling foods, such as fish. Instead, bake some cookies or fill your
home with fresh flowers for a pleasant scent.

Lighting: Don’t be afraid to fill your home with natural light; the brightness tends to improve both atmosphere and mood. Taking the screens off the windows can let in a lot of natural light!

Temperature: Maintain a comfortable temperature so prospective buyers feel at ease touring your home.

Privacy: Be sure to give prospective buyers time alone with their REALTOR® to address any candid questions they may have