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5 Staging Tips That’ll Make a Difference in Your Home’s Sale

If you’re listing your home in the Raleigh suburbs, then you’ve probably spent a lot of time researching tips and tricks for selling—especially when it comes to staging. After all, selling a home is a big step, and you want to make your space looks its best in order to get a high return on your investment!

But reading all of that information can get pretty overwhelming…that’s why my team likes to keep things simple! Here are the top 5 staging tips that will make a big difference when buyers walk through your home.

Clean, Clean, Clean

A woman mopping a floor.

One of the most important things you should do before buyers walk through your door? Clean. Clean every little crack, corner, and crevice of your home (even the ones you don’t think buyers will see). You may not register those dust bunnies in the corner or smudges on the fridge, but a buyer will—and it’s going to impact how they see your home.

Your home-staging cleaning process should be just as intense as the spring cleaning process, maybe even more-so. Break out the rubber gloves and get to work scrubbing down every surface so your home shines. And don’t forget to give the exterior and yard a little TLC, too!

Take Care of That To-Do List…

A person drilling into a wooden plank.

Life gets busy, and sometimes things pile up. Sure, you’ve been meaning to fix that leaky sink for the past few months (maybe years), but time has just gotten away from you. Well, now’s the time to finally cross it off your to-do list.

One of the biggest ways to turn off buyers is by leaving a long list of repairs that they’ll have to inherit. Or, even worse, they’ll want it taken care of after the inspection, potentially costing you much more than if you’d have taken care of it yourself ahead of time.

…And Add a Few More Things

A man using a paint roller.

If you really want to leave a mark—and since you’re already fixing things up anyway—you might consider a few value-boosting DIY projects. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme, but adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls and replacing outdated lighting fixtures can go a long way in leaving a lasting impression.

De-Clutter & De-Personalize the Space


A buyer wants to be able to imagine themselves in your home…so if there are family photos and personal decorations all over the walls, that might be hard to do. Add in a cluttered room that’s stuffed with extra furniture, and you’ve lost a lot of interest. In fact, a cluttered home could even take 5-15% off of your home’s value!

You’ll need to pack things up anyway, so get ahead of the game and get that extra furniture and decor out of the way. If you’re left with too much blank space, add in some potted plants or flowers as a neutral decor option.

Draw Attention to the Highlights of the Home

A fireplace.

Do you have walls of windows that let in rays of sunshine every morning or offer prime views of a natural area? Is your master fireplace an architectural wonder? Or do you have a flex space that’s full of potential?You want your home as whole to look its best, but you really want these areas to shine, so think about ways to emphasize them.

If you’ve got great windows, throw open those curtains and set a reading chair and coffee table nearby. To show off the fireplace, arrange your furniture so it’s the focal point, and eliminate any distracting decor. For that flex space, stage it as something like a home office or workout space, so you can help the buyer visualize the potential. Buyers are going to be looking at a lot of home options, so what makes yours different?

Need Some More Staging Tips?

These five tips are a great place to start…but there’s a lot more that comes with staging a home well! If you want to get as high of a return on your investment as possible—and maybe even start a bidding war in the process—the Ann Milton Team is here to help. Want a few more personalized suggestions? Let us know, and we’ll even do a walkthrough of your home!

If you have any questions in the meantime, take a look at some of the resources we have to offer our sellers. Once you’re ready to list your home, just give us a call!

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