All the world’s a stage

Everything I know about staging a home I learned from the TV show, Sell This House.

I staged my first condo and sold it in less than a week. Then I staged my first fix and flip. Potential home buyers told my real estate agent that they thought it was professionally staged. After being on the market for a week and a two-day open house, I received seven offers for the house.

When staging your house, remember to de-clutter. Remove all unnecessary furniture, small kitchen appliances and knick-knacks from your end tables, book shelves and bedroom side tables. This helps each room appear larger and provides better flow through the house.

Clean the house from top-to-bottom. You want to make your house sparkle. A spotless house also shows potential home buyers that it is well taken care of.

Patch and paint any scuffs or cracks on the walls. The more the house appears turn-key ready, the better for re-sale.

Remove all personal photos of yourself from walls, bookshelves and end tables. This will help potential home buyers picture themselves living in your home.

Let light in. Draw the curtains and blinds to brighten up the room and turn on all the lights. Natural and artificial light help make the house appear bright and cheery as opposed to dark and gloomy.

And lastly, fill the rooms with fresh cut flowers. The look and smell of fresh cut flowers will help entice any potential home buyer.

Fresh cut sunflowers from the market
Fresh cut sunflowers from the market