How to Stage Your Home

One of the easiest ways to sell your home quickly is to understand the importance of proper staging. Staging a house helps potential buyers imagine themselves living in it. According to a study done last year by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 49 percent of buyers’ agents believe staging affects most buyers’ view of a home. Seventy seven percent of buyers’ agents say staging makes it easier for people to visualize the property as theirs. Staged homes sell faster too — 39 percent of sellers’ agents reported that staging a home “greatly decreases” days on the market.

Charitable Realty Founder and Broker says, “Now that we’re leaning towards a buyer’s market, it is even more important to properly stage a home to edge out competition and become a stand out. Staged homes allow buyers to imagine themselves in the setting and to better evaluate space ratios. For example - a large empty den may be difficult for some to imagine their sectional in. A staged home with sofas allows a buyer to compare their furniture to that in the home.”

Lori has additional home staging tips:


When putting decor items together - group them in threes from tallest in back to shortest in front. 


Use rugs on hard surface flooring to warm up the space. Match the rug to any window treatments and throw pillows to bring all three together. 


The most basic task when staging a home involves removing clutter and cleaning the house. Remove personal items from all surfaces, box up spare belongings and get them out of the house. “Beyond having a clean home, close all toilet lids for showings. Organize the pantry, master closet and linen closets to show ample storage,” Lori says. 


Buyers like to see bright spaces, so lighting is an essential part of staging a home. Before showing your home, open your blinds or pull your curtains back. Make sure your light fixtures are clean and look appealing. In addition to your overhead lighting, create an inviting ambiance with table lamps and wall sconces.


If you don’t have the time or money to stage your entire home, you can get the most value by staging certain rooms. The NAR survey found the living room is the most crucial space to stage, with 55 percent of agents surveyed thinking it’s “very important” to stage it. Next comes the master bedroom, followed by the kitchen. Your last priority should be any extra bedrooms.


It may be difficult and inconvenient, but remove about half your furniture. This makes your house look bigger and more appealing to buyers. Put your furniture in storage, or sell or donate it if you won’t be taking it with you. Once your furniture has been thinned out, or a rented set has arrived, position couches, chairs and tables away from your walls. This is a design technique called “floating” the furniture. Anchor the space with an area rug, even if the room has wall-to-wall carpet. This creates a cozy, intimate space.


You’ll never get buyers in the door if you don’t spruce up the outside of your home.

  • Clean your windows

  • Power-wash your house and sidewalks

  • Make sure your house address number is easy to read

  • Mow the lawn and trim bushes

  • Plant colorful flowers

  • Put a welcome mat and potted plants on your front stoop

  • Clean outdoor furniture


Once your house is picture-perfect, add some defining touches. People love walking into a home with the smell of freshly baked cookies. Buyers like to see fresh flowers in vases, a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter and folded towels in the bathroom.