How to stage a house to sell in a day

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This is the general overview of how to stage a home. Check out this post if you’re looking for a detailed step-by-step list of how to stage your house to sell.

Hide the ugly.

Let’s be honest. Life isn’t always magazine-worthy, but deep down in there, don’t we all dream of living a mess-free clutter-less life with zero maintenance issues? That ideal is part of what you are selling to potential buyers. “Living here is a breeze. Look, I don’t even have trash.” Yep, you read that right. I even hide the trash can. I also use decor items as an opportunity to hide the imperfections in our home that give it it’s…uhum…character.

Take my steps, for example. (Pardon the hazy photo.)

staging a house - hiding flaws

You think these plants are merely decorative? Think again. The bottom step needs replacing soon. The watering can takes the attention away from where a sliver of a step came off. And that stately boxwood at the top is cleverly (sort-of) concealing a hole we patched in the wall. Tread carefully here, though. You don’t want to draw attention to the flaws. Just pull some of the attention away from the mundane and make the potential buyers’ senses come alive.

If you’re ready for even more step by step help, check out this post for a  list of steps to stage your house to sell.

This girl has some really great home staging tips! Definitely keeping this for when we get ready to sell our house.

Does your space need a refresh?

After you get your whole house decluttered and vignetted up, it should be crazy easy to clean. (Magic eraser wannabes are your best friend.) There’s always a

Ask a pro (or at least a friend).

If you’ve already given staging your house a try, but you still aren’t sure if you’re doing the right things and just need a second opinion, I totally get it. Sometimes it helps a ton to have an outside perspective, especially in a house. You have a tendency to see the day-to-day messes, while an outsider will have an overall perspective.

By the second house I staged in a year, I had the listing process down to a science. Similar to the rules of home decor, there are rules to home staging. I understand the rules and can help you sell your house in no time.

For this month only, I am opening a  few free mini home staging consultations! I am offering a free mini-consultation (worth $149) to give you custom advice on what to do with your home.

You can send me up to 5 pictures of what your house looks like now, and I will respond back with a list of items you can do in each room to get it listing-ready. Think action items like “Declutter desk” “Hide/remove toilet bowl brush” and “Move sofa to “x” location.” You’ll get steps you can actually take to get your home show-ready in no time with no guesswork involved.

To reserve a free mini-consultation, you just need to hit this box and drop in your email address to claim your spot. You’ll hear back from me soon with our next steps so that we can get you the feedback you’ve been needing.

So, if your house is currently on the market (or you wish it was), this time next week you could be preparing for appraisals, inspections, and closings. Or you could be wishing that you knew what to do to get your house show-ready before it hit the market three weeks ago.

Which one do you want to be?

I think I know the answer.

I’ve been there. Let me help you.

Sign me up!

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9 thoughts on “How to stage a house to sell in a day

  1. You’ve been very helpfull we are planning to start building in 2 months while living in our current home im not sure where to store all the packed boxes? We have 4 garages , basement ?? Thank you

    1. Hi Judi!

      Congratulations on building!

      When we moved the first time, our home was on a slab, so my only place was the garage. My garage was almost full of boxes, but it’s just a garage so it’s not like it was the feature of our home. Plus, that just showed that we were ready to close quickly and that’s appealing to buyers when it comes time to sell.

      If your basement is unfinished, I would recommend storing them in the basement so long as it is orderly and organized. It will be better for your packed things (climate controlled and less humidity than a garage) and can showcase additional storage space in your home. But, if your basement is finished, I would definitely recommend keeping them in the garage or a storage unit so you can showcase you additional living space in the basement.

      Or, if you’re blessed to have family nearby with an unfinished basement, you could stow them away in there. This is what we did on our last move, and while I wouldn’t recommend it (too much moving things back and forth), it might also be an option if you have limited storage or you really want to show off your 4 garages (I would love 4 garages!).

      <3 Natosha

    2. Our basement is unfished but very clean and painted thanks to my husband lol i would love to send you pics when im ready !! I have a booklet givn to us when we purchased the home should i.leave it out to show the before and present ??

      1. Yay for handy husbands! Then, I would definitely store those boxes in the basement. We stored our belongings for an extended period of time (about 3 or 4 months) in a storage unit and walked away with mounds of mold. I’m all for climate control now!!!

        I would love to see pictures! You can just come back to this post and click the sign-up button to grab your free mini-consultation (I’m actually working on one at this very minute).

        I think it would be fun to put that booklet out on your kitchen counter or something. It shows that you cared enough about the place to keep some of that early paperwork, and it also highlights how much you have invested into your home. ?

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