Stage Your House

Ways to Stage Your House

Concerned about how much it will cost to stage your house? We have you covered with these simple ways to stage your house.

The appearance of a house is crucial when it comes to selling, and home staging can make all the difference. Proper staging techniques could even fetch a higher price for your home. Check out these essential tips.

Declutter and depersonalize every room

A messy home is an indication that the homeowner doesn’t take care of their home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to clean out your home. Clutter can make your home look dirty and ill-cared for and distract buyers from what is important.

You should get rid of anything you don’t need or use. It should not be stored in your closet. Closets are loved by buyers. If they are not clean, it may discourage a sale. Clean and organized closets appear bigger to would be home buyers.

You can pack your personal items such as family photos and other knick knacks after you have decluttered. Your home is what buyers want to see, not your stuff. If all they see is your stuff, buyers will have a hard time picturing themselves in the space. Take yourself out of the picture.

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Move furniture around

Mixing fabrics and colors can make your interior look more interesting. A mismatched set of dining chairs can help make your dining room more appealing. End chairs can be replaced with ones in a different style. To increase visual space, you can move furniture from one room to another.

Add natural features

Natural features are a great way for your home to feel warm and inviting. Consider elements that reflect the location of your home. Such as:

Twigs and dried flowers, wood, or wheat if you live in the country. 

Seagrass, seashells, and coral rocks if you live along the coast.

To soften the space, add flowers or plants. A bucket of flowers can be used to decorate the front porch is a great way to show potential buyers how relaxing it will be to live in your house.

Make sure to clean everything thoroughly

Ever wonder why hotels feel so welcoming and warm? This is because all the rooms are cleaned daily to make them more appealing to customers. Your home should be as clean as a hotel when you clean it. Vacuum, sweep, and wash all surfaces.

Make sure that every corner is clean. Homebuyers will be looking in closets and under sinks. Having these areas clean and tidy is a must.

Get rid of odors and make your home smell nice

Your home can smell from pets, food, mildew, and even the sink. 

It is nearly impossible to detect odors in your house because your body becomes immune. 

Ask a friend to take a trial look at your house. If they notice an unpleasant odor, ask them to help investigate and find out the source.

Burn cinnamon sticks, bake cookies, and brew coffee to make your home smell divine during showings. 

Remove sink odors by using a lemon to grind in your garbage disposal. 

Scent sprays will only temporarily help your house smell better, can often be overwhelming, and may not end up covering musty smells.

get rid of musty odors for staging

What is the Cause of Musty Smells

Mildew and Mold have a musty, earthy smell that can be detected in wood decay or towels that have been left unattended after a long weekend. 

Mold spores are everywhere and when they find a warm environment such as damp fabric, carpets, or even food they will multiply quickly.

Spores can multiply rapidly and it doesn’t take much to produce a strong odor. To prevent future growth, clean any mildew that appears, especially the raised and fuzzy kind.

Find the source of the musty smell

It’s impossible to eliminate the musty smell unless you can identify its source. Start your search in places that are frequently warm and moist like the bathroom.

  • Inspect the shower curtain and the showerhead for mildew. Also, look out for leaks around toilets, sinks, and bathtubs.
  • Check the kitchen for leaks around the dishwasher and sink. You should also check the refrigerator, as well as small appliances that use water such as coffee makers. 
  • Inspect trash cans for mildew, which could be growing underneath the disposable trash bag liner.
  • Check under-potted plants and window seals.
  • You should inspect closets for mildew, especially if you store damp clothes or shoes.
  • Check for any leaks near the washer or around the doors of front-load washers. These can harbor mildew inside the laundry room. Make sure your dryer vents are clean. 

Eliminate Musty Odors

  • Deep cleaning carpets and upholstery: It doesn’t matter if you hire a professional or do it yourself, deep cleaning carpets and upholstery can remove mildew spores from your home and make it look fresh. 
  • Books and papers can trap moisture, which can lead to musty odors. 
  • Commercially available odor absorbers can be hung in closets and other spaces with poor air circulation. Or you can use dry baking soda, coffee grounds, or kitty litter. 
  • You can create a pleasant scent by adding spices and citrus peels to the water, lighting candles, or using essential oil diffusers or diffuser sticks.
  • You don’t need to bleach mildew, you can wipe it off with warm water and a few drops of dish detergent.
  • A natural method is to spray the area with distilled vinegar. After the vinegar has worked for about an hour, scrub the area with a sponge or microfiber cloth that has been soaked in baking soda.
  • Washable fabrics that are susceptible to mildew should be washed with hot water, a laundry detergent designed for this material, and chlorine bleach for white fabrics. 

More simple staging ideas to help you sell your house

There are many home staging ideas on the internet that cost nothing. Rearranging furniture in the living area can transform the space. Each room should be defined so buyers can make the most of it. 

You can turn your attic into an office or a junk room into a guest bedroom. Although buyers might not use the rooms for the exact same purpose, they will still have an idea. 

A simple trick such as hanging artwork from another space or creating your own artwork can bring life to a blank wall.

Follow these simple and easy steps to make your house feel, look, and smell great at little or no cost to you. Potential buyers will appreciate it and will help sell your house faster.

  • Declutter and depersonalize every room
  • Move furniture around
  • Add natural features
  • Make sure to clean everything thoroughly
  • Get rid of odors and make your home smell nice