Home Staging Tips

If you're getting ready to sell your Winston-Salem home, then it's time to come up with a solid staging strategy. Staging your home is one of the most effective ways to get it sold FAST and for top dollar. With just a little time, love, and craftiness, you can transform your home into the perfect neutral palette—one that buyers will see and instantly fall in love with.

Even the simplest upgrades can be the difference between a buyer that walks away and a buyer that falls in love. On this page, you'll find a variety of different DIY tips, tricks, and tools to make your home shine. Let's dive right in.

The Exterior

Create Curb Appeal

Remember that old wisdom to "never judge a book by its cover"? Yeah, that's not the case with home staging. The trick is to make buyers fall in love the minute they set eyes on your front lawn. The best way to do that is by taking some time to make the outside of your home welcoming, bright, and manicured.

We recommend power washing and painting your home's exterior, mowing and pruning your front lawn, planting flowers, washing windows, and replacing your mailbox.

Make the Front Porch Welcoming

Your front porch is an easy way to make your home look brighter and more inviting! Tidy up your patio furniture, buy a bright new welcome mat, put out some potted flowers (pro tip: they don't have to be real!), and replace your doorknob and house numbers.

Spruce Up Outdoor Areas

Here in Winston-Salem, we get plenty of nice weather, which means buyers will be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors right at home. So help your buyers envision a laid-back outdoor lifestyle by sprucing up your yard, deck, or porch with outdoor furniture, a hammock, or even a fire pit.

Don't forget to mow your lawn, trim any shrubs, and maybe take a little time to make your garden look nice.

Cleaning & Repairs

Clear Out the Clutter

Honestly, this is the first and most important step to staging your home is paring down the clutter. Go through all of your belongings and sort every item into one of three piles: keep, donate, or sell. Having fewer belongings will make your home seem larger and cleaner.

Finish Maintenance Projects

Before you list your home, make sure all of your home maintenance projects have been completed! Nothing is a bigger turn off to buyers than a home full of unfinished projects and repairs. Go through your home and take some time to finish any projects, like updating old paint or flooring, and fixing pesky maintenance issues like leaky faucets, running toilets, missing shingles, and anything else that needs attention.

Clean, Clean & CLEAN!

This is a big one. You don't want to risk losing out on a good sale because of some lingering dust or dingy baseboards. Take some time to get into every nook and cranny of your home. Seriously, clean every corner within a square inch of its life. Don't forget windows, behind furniture, the baseboards, old closets, and every other area in your home.

Interior Decor

Depersonalize Your Decor

When staging, it's important to transform your home in a neutral, blank canvass. That way, potential buyers will have an easier time picturing themselves living there. Using simple and neutral colors allows buyers to envision their own furniture and decor decorating the walls—making them more likely to form an emotional connection with your home.

Create Balance with Furniture

Don't overwhelm a room with too many bulky pieces of furniture. Select simple pieces that complement the natural space and shape of your home. For example, a bedroom with a small desk or craft table can spark a whole new world of ideas and possibilities. Two couches arranged so that they face each other is cozy and conversational. With the right planning and design, your furniture can tell a charming story about your home.

The Final Details

Increase Your Lighting

If the weather is nice, open all the windows and blinds to welcome in the sunshine! If it still seems a little dark, turn on overhead lights and lamps. Make sure your home is bright and shiny!

Bring the Outdoors In

Don't be afraid to bring in a little freshness and natural beauty. Decorate your home with potted plants or clipped flowers. Light a fragrant candle (as long as the scent is still nice and neutral) to create an equally homey environment.

Your Winston-Salem Home Selling Resources

If you're ready to sell your Winston-Salem home, then it's time to contact us at Forsyth Realty. These handy home-staging tips are just the beginning of what we have to offer our home sellers. Give us a call today and let's sell your Winston-Salem home.

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