How to Stage Your Home for the Market

how to stage your home for market

If you are preparing to sell your home, staging can give you a competitive edge in the marketplace. Research has shown that staged homes sell three times faster than a non-staged one. You might get a better offer, too. Here’s how to stage your home for market.

Benefits of Home Staging

A home with updated decor can create an emotional connection with the buyer. They may offer more money for the property.

According to a 2023 survey by the National Association of Realtors, home staging had a positive effect on most buyers’ view of the home.

Staging enhances the perceived value of a home. According to the NAR,  investing a little cash on staging can result in a return-on-investment of 5% to 15% over asking price. 

Staging makes it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their own.

Posting quality images online is crucial. Pictures make an important first impression on potential buyers.

Home Staging Tips

Here are some budget-friendly home staging tips that make a good impression.

Get Rid of Clutter

Clutter is distracting and can turn off potential buyers. Decluttering should be your first job when preparing to stage your home. Start with one room at a time. Free up as much space as possible on shelves, coffee tables and in the kitchen. Cut back on furniture as well.

Invest in Storage

Use storage units, baskets, and containers to put stuff in you want to keep. Potential buyers may open cupboards or cabinets to peek at the space you have. Keep stuff to a minimum. Put unnecessary items in unseen storage areas.

Clean Your Home

A clean home sends a message that you care about your property. Don’t leave unfinished projects out in the open. Make sure your home is clean, welcoming, clutter and odor-free.

Tackle DIY Maintenance

Before you stage your home, take care of any needed repairs. Buyers will be turned off by anything that looks broken or doesn’t work. 

A fresh coat of paint will perk up a room. Stick to neutral, natural, and pastel colors.

Rework Room Layouts

Come up with different layouts for a room that enhances the space. Reupholster furniture to give it a new look. Buy inexpensive rugs to revive the space. Get rid of anything that’s stained or worn down. It makes a bad impression on prospective buyers. 

Accessories Add Interest

Accessories will spruce up a space. Put a book or candle on a coffee table. Add pops of color to a room, such as throw pillows and artwork. Live houseplants will freshen up a room for potential buyers.

Make Minor Upgrades

Kitchens and bathrooms are especially appealing to homebuyers. Do some cleaning, pack up seldom used appliances, apply a fresh coat of paint, add a backsplash, and replace old lighting and hardware. 


Depersonalize your home by putting away family photos, keepsakes, toys, and refrigerator art. Buyers want to be able to see themselves living there. Free up space on countertops, too.

Enhance Curb Appeal

Home staging also involves making the outside of your home look inviting. This is called ‘curb appeal.’ First impressions matter to potential buyers. Pressure wash exterior spaces; paint the front door and shutters; replace old house numbers, the mailbox and lighting; plant flowers and greenery.

Turn to Us for Your Power Washing Needs

If you are ready to spruce up your outdoor space, the professionals at Peak Power Wash can help. We can clean your home exterior or tackle your deck, sidewalk, or driveway. We use a technique called “soft wash”, which uses a much lower amount of pressure and reduces potential harm to surfaces. Contact us at 443-686-WASH or visit our website to request a free estimate.



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