Here are the five golden rules of staging your home for sale.

When it’s time to put your house on the market, it seems like there are a million things to do and not enough time to do them. To help ease your stress, today we’re sharing the five golden rules of staging to make things a little easier:

1. Depersonalize. Make your home as neutral as possible. We want the buyer to be able to picture themselves in the home and not feel like they’re a visitor. Get rid of personal photos, wedding invites, and other personal knick-knacks.

2. Declutter. Our general rule of thumb is that if you’re going to sell, give away, or donate something when you move, go ahead and do it now. Pack up and store things that clutter up your house. You want as little on countertops, vanities, and bookshelves as possible. It will make your house look a lot better and a lot bigger.

3. Cleaning. You can’t take this too far. You want your home to be spotless. Deep clean the bathrooms, the windows, and any other part of your home that you wouldn’t normally focus on. I reckoned cleaning yourself, then hiring a cleaning company to make the home sparkle.

4. Give yourself some upgrades. If you have mismatched towels in the bathroom or kitchen, for example, replace them with a matching set. It’s inexpensive, but it will make the home feel more cohesive. Another idea is to buy a big set of matching hangers if the ones you have are mismatched.

“You want your home to be absolutely spotless for photos and showings.”

5. Freshen up the yard. Specifically, pay attention to the front yard. It’s part of your curb appeal and the first thing a buyer will see when they come to your home. Pine straw and mulch go a long way, and overgrown bushes should be trimmed. Additionally, make sure your lawn is cut, edged, and clear of debris. It will truly make your home pop in its photographs.

These are the five golden rules of staging. If you have any additional questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.