Staging your home for potential buyers can be difficult, but it’s an essential part of the process. Many people think of staging as placing furniture in an empty home that is on the market. While this is part of staging, it also means setting up a home that’s live in to appeal to buyers. While your real estate agent can help you with staging, here are three tips you can work on to get your home ready to show.

  1. Less is More

The reason staging professionals only add the basic pieces of furniture to a home is not to save on money or work. It’s because they recognize that fewer items in a room make it appear bigger. Buyers like spacious homes because they feel like they are getting more house for the money, and they can see more ways to design a larger room.

If you have a lot of furniture in your living area, rent a storage unit and move out all but a few main pieces. Clear out everything that is unnecessary to make your home look its best.

  1. Nothing Personal

Buyers want to imagine themselves in your home, so remove everything that makes it seem like your place. Pack away photos, awards, certificates and other items that are personal. You don’t have to remove all décor; just make sure it fits with almost any theme. For instance, a beautiful painting will enhance the room where a family portrait will detract from it for buyers.

  1. Keep It Neutral

Select items that are neutral in color and design. Unless you are trying to match the décor with the architectural features of the house, you don’t want to limit buyers’ imaginations on what they can do with the place. For instance, a country cabin and rustic décor would be a good combination, but even then, buyers might want to make it look more modern.

Paint over any bold colors on the walls with neutral shades. You can still add accent pieces with a touch of color, but don’t overwhelm buyers with too much.

If you follow these three tips when staging your home to bring in buyers, you’ll find that they will be better able to appreciate all your property has to offer. For additional ideas or specific suggestions on preparing your home to sell, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.


Teresa Dennison

Certified Negotiation Expert(CNE®)
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Annapolis Fine Homes Office
2 Francis Street | Annapolis, MD 21401
Cell: 443.223.1364
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