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Top 10 DIY Staging Tips to Sell Your Home by Aubrie Layne

As a realtor in Houston, I often see things and scratch my head when I see poorly done photos or with lots of clutter in the image. Surely they (listing agent) knows "This is classic, How NOT to Sell A House, right?!"

Selling a home can be an overwhelming task, but there are ways to make the process smoother and more successful. One of the most important aspects of selling a home is staging. Staging involves preparing the property for sale by making it more appealing to potential buyers. Make sure your realtor posts clean crisp UNCLUTTERED photos on the listing sites.

Here are the top 10 staging tips to sell a home:

Declutter: One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for sale is to declutter. Clear out any excess items that may make your space feel cramped or cluttered. Take EVERYTHING out of the closet. Even super organized closets make them feel smaller. Get a storage unit and clear out about half your furniture. Imaging the coolest Airbnb you stayed at last or a swanky hotel you love. Is there clutter in those places? Clear the counters, the bills, the refrigerator magnets, the trash cans, the pool toys, the dog toys, the cookbooks. You get it.

Depersonalize: Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in the space, so it's important to remove any personal items such as family photos or personalized decor. Some people may not agree and no offense intended. You also don't want to leave any personal items laying around that could temp someone to take any personal information from your home for safety reasons.

Neutralize: Stick to neutral colors for paint and decor to appeal to a wider audience.

I can guarantee you, that as people look through listings on any home search site, if your home features multi, or crazy colored walls, they will swipe LEFT, or as in NEXT!

You can never go wrong with all white paint. Trust me, it's the best return on investment and makes your home stand out among the competitors. Homes that have fresh paint sell faster. You only have one shot to make a first impression. It's silly some people can't look past the paint colors, but it's true! Just do it prior to listing and don't wait for your listing to become stale over something as simple as paint colors. If you're unsure of your existing shade, ask your realtor to help pick out swatches for you.

You can paint large pieces of butcher paper and tape them to the walls to help you decide. I have paint color trends and decor ideas on my Pinterest page, Check it out here!

Deep clean: A clean home makes a big difference when it comes to attracting buyers. Make sure to deep clean every room, including carpets, windows, and appliances.

Defunk your home of odors by using my favorite spray, POOPH. It is amazing stuff that's safe for babies and pets. Nothing gets potential buyers out of your home faster than pet odors or strong smells. Even noxious paint smells can turn a potential buyer away for good.

A great way to play up thier sense of style and invite them to picture themselves in your home, is to use a sophisticated scent like OUD Essential Oil with Diffiser. It smells like a sexy Tom Ford Scent. Also try the White Tea scent like the Westin Hotel uses. It plays with thier olafactory senses and brings a familiarity feeling.

"create more appealing and welcoming space that will attract potential buyers "

Create a focal point: Highlight the best features of your home by creating a focal point in each room. This could be a piece of furniture or a unique architectural detail.

Rearrange furniture: Rearrange your furniture to create a more open and inviting space. Make sure to leave plenty of room for buyers to move around and imagine their own furniture in the space.

Let in natural light: Make sure to open up blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. This will make the space feel brighter and more welcoming. If you have tenants in the home or it's vacant; make sure you remind them to keep blinds are open. Sometimes people think it's conserving energy but it can conserve your potential of getting buyers more! No one likes a dark feeling home.

Add greenery: Plants and flowers can add a touch of color and freshness to any room. Consider adding a few potted plants or fresh flowers to your space.

Upgrade hardware: Small upgrades like replacing old hardware can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of a room. Consider updating cabinet knobs, faucets, and light fixtures is a great cost effective site to update hardware on cabinets too.

Use art and accessories: Art and accessories can add personality and style to a room. However, it's important to use them sparingly to avoid clutter.

In conclusion, staging is an important part of the home selling process. By following these top 10 staging tips, you can create more appealing and welcoming space that will attract potential buyers and help you sell your home faster. If you have any questions about staging, feel free to give me a call! 281-773-4259

For more tips, check back often or visit my Home Staging Shopping List on Amazon!

Thank you,



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