A Seller's Guide to Staging

Updated: Jul 2, 2019

Before you put your home on the market, you want to make sure it is cleaned, staged, and ready to sell. Time invested to stage your home will help it stand out from competitors as a better value and command a higher price, typically resulting in a faster sale. Another factor to consider when it comes to selling your home is professional photography. Professional real estate photographers know how to show off a homes unique features and make it look great online, so the chances of selling at a higher price are much greater than if you were to use your smart phone or personal camera. We've put together an in-depth list of things to keep in mind when preparing your home to sell.

1. Exterior

Your exterior is the first thing buyers see when they pull up to your home. Here are some effective ways to boost your curb appeal:

  • Make sure your grass is cut

  • Add greenery and/or flowers

  • Remove trashcans and recycling bins

  • Remove cars from the driveway

  • Upgrade your mailbox

  • Add potted plants

  • Remove snow from driveway/walkway

  • Clean deck furniture

  • Tidy up pillows and cushions

  • Remove leaves

  • Clean up dog waste

  • Remove kid and dog toys, soccer and basketball nets

  • Clean pool

2. Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of a home. A lot of time is spent in the kitchen and buyers want to see a clean space that is ready for them to cook their first big meal in their new home.

  • Clean counter top of knife blocks, baking supplies, silverware, mail, etc.

  • Clear refrigerator magnets, photos, papers

  • Remove dishes from sink

  • Remove rags and sponges from sink

  • Hide garbage cans

3. Nook/Dining Room

Nothing sounds like bonding more than a shared meal around the dining room table. Buyers want to look at this space and envision their own family and friends. The goal is to make this area as inviting yet simple as possible.

  • Clear table

  • Dust table top

  • Straighten chairs

  • Remove highchairs/booster seats

  • Add a simple centerpiece

4. Family/Living Room

The family room is another popular room in the house so it is so important to make this space inviting. The key is for this space to be cozy, but not busy.

  • Remove stacks of magazines, books, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantle

  • Arrange furniture pillows

  • Remove kid's toys

  • Turn on all lights

  • Open blinds

5. Bedrooms

Even though your bedroom may be personal to you, its important that the buyer can visualize themselves in it.

  • Make bed

  • Tuck in all sheets and comforters

  • Clear nightstands of personal items

  • Remove phone/computer charging cables

  • Remove clutter from tops of dressers

  • Turn on all lights

6. Bathrooms

The function of this room revolves around hygiene, so its paramount to keep this room as clean as possible.

  • Clear all personal items from view

  • Clear counter tops completely

  • Close cabinet doors

  • Remove shampoo, soap, razors, etc. from bathtubs and showers

  • Empty garbage cans

  • Remove towels from back of doors

The combination of staging and professional photography will create eye catching photos that will draw in a potential buyer. 98% of buyers list real estate photography as "most important" when searching for a property. We provide free professional photography for our listings so we can be sure each and every one of our clients' homes are shown in the best light. Meet with an Arterra agent today and see how we can provide you the most effective way to market your property.



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Rochester, MI 48306



17370 Hall Road

Clinton Township, MI 48038

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