Staging your home beautifully can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making a quick sale at a great price. It’s an investment that will pay dividends in the future. According to Kara Vallenari, owner of Prime Home Staging in Dallas, “Staging costs less than your first price reduction. Put your best foot forward and stage before you list. Don’t have buyers flipping over your home and then decide to stage later.” Here at 5 quick tips to get you started!

Tips for Staging Your Home

1. Declutter your home.

This is the time to be brutal! Begin by packing up everything but the essentials. Clear surfaces and countertops. Put away family photos. (Not only does this help the potential buyers see themselves in the home, but it keeps your images off the internet.) Use attractive storage containers to tuck away essentials and keep them out from underfoot. The less clutter, the better. And the more clutter you get rid of now, the less you’ll have to pack when the time comes.

2. Take the time to make simple updates.

Think new light fixtures, updated faucets, and polished landscaping. These small upgrades can make a big difference in buyer appeal.

3. Take advantage of what nature has to offer.

Fling open the window shades to allow as much natural light as possible. Bring in fresh flowers before photos are taken and potential buyers see the home. Beautifully arranged flowers can set any room apart. Also, vibrant green grass goes far in the minds of potential buyers. So water, water, water and make that lawn stand out!

4. Appeal to all the senses when staging your home.

When staging your home, consider all the senses. Play soft instrumental music while buyers take a turn about the rooms. Artfully place fresh flowers. Utilize lush throws and area rugs for texture. Hire a cleaning service to ensure every nook and cranny is spotless. And throw some cookies in the oven. You can’t beat the smell of fresh baked goods!

5. Hire an excellent photographer.

All the staging in the world won’t help you sell if you can’t show off your home. High-quality photography and video shared on the web and social media can really set your home apart. The investment is worth every penny when you consider how many homes are passed over due to low-quality cell phone pictures.