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HOW TO: Stage your house like a professional

6 unbeatable tips to have your house sell for top dollar

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HOW TO: Stage your house like a professional

Scott Hartis

My love for real estate started at an early age. My dad owned a construction and remodeling company and he used to bring me along to job sites...

My love for real estate started at an early age. My dad owned a construction and remodeling company and he used to bring me along to job sites...

Feb 22 4 minutes read

A few years ago, I went through a specialized training program on home staging and received my Accredited Staging Professional designation. Between that course and also seeing thousands of homes over the course of my 25 year career, I've compiled a list of the best/easiest staging tips, if you are considering selling your house, condo, or townhouse, in the near future.


1. Make At Least One Room An Office

Even before the worldwide pandemic hit and more people decided to work from home, this became a "must have" for most new home buyers.


2. Replace Old Cabinet Hardware

If you've lived in your home for more than five years, it may be time to update your cabinet hardware. This is such an easy update, that makes a huge difference.

Buy new hardware with the same hole size and pattern as your current hardware, and swap it out. Easy peasy!


3. Store Seasonal Clothes

If you're selling your house during the colder months, store some of your warm weather clothes. Or, if you are selling during the warmer time of year, pack away those winter clothes that you don't need.

This is a great way to make your closets look bigger and also gives you a head start on packing for the sale of your house.


4. Clean Like Your Life Depends On It

I like to tell my clients, your house needs to be clean enough to appeal to the most OCD person that might view your house. They will appreciate how clean your house is, but the non-OCD person won't think too much about it.

So, if cleaning isn't your strong suit, hire a professional for the job. Its worth it!


5. Update Old Light Fixtures

Unless you are trying to go "full on" retro in a Mid-century Modern house, or very true to the period, in a turn of the century bungalow, changing out old lights can give your house a completely refreshed look.

Swap some or all of your main lighting fixtures and likely your bathroom fixtures too, if your lights are more than 7 to 10 years old. They are likely out of style, for today's buyer trends.

*Bonus - I have a good source in Charlotte, for deeply discounted lighting. Just shoot me a message, for their contact info.


6. Paint/Caulk

If you have children or pets, chances are, your walls have taken a beating. My wife and I have two dogs and two cats, and every property we sell, we have it painted, just before we sell it.

While Magic Eraser would love to tell you their product makes walls look like new again, it is no match for a fresh coat of paint. With the number of homes I walk through on a daily basis, I usually see a least a few a week, that have used a Magic Eraser on the walls and it is alway really obvious. The Magic Eraser usually takes away the scuff on the wall, that was initially there, but it also usually leaves a different color paint behind. So, the wall ends up being spotted, most of the time!

Buyers like to see a home that is "move-in ready." They don't want to think about having to repaint, as soon as they move in.

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