DE-CLUTTERING

1. Expanding the closet

An area that is often overlooked is the closet.  The majority of people will de-clutter and remove boxes from the closet, but in some instances forget to remove the hanging clothes.  It is highly recommended that you remove these clothes to prevent the imagery of the closet being 'over stuffed'.  An ideal closet will have a significant amount of space between hangers, which is usually two or more hangers worth of space as sufficient de-cluttering.

2. Before and after photographs

It is often seen that home owners will place all items that they don't use regularly in the garage or storage.  This neutralizes the home and will allow potential buyers to picture their furniture in the living space.  It also creates a sense of cleanliness and order within the house by having clear counter tops, sparsely decorated walls and a minimal amount of furniture.  Photographs of other staged homes will generally be provided to offer examples of ideal home staging with regards to floor space and area.

3. Creating a neutral pallet

When meeting with potential clients for the first time it is necessary to complete an initial walk-through of the home to make a detailed list of all furniture, clothing and miscellaneous items to be stored away.  Home staging requires floor space be defined and all personal touches be removed from view.  Potential buyers need to be presented with a neutral pallet that they can imagine their own items on and envision themselves living in. 

4. Removing personal photographs

It is vital that there are no personal photographs available anywhere in the home.  It is essential that they are packed away and stored safely for if these are on display the potential buyer may review the photograph instead of the home itself.  With personal photos around it is hard for potential buyers to visualize themselves living here.

5. Removing furniture items

One of the most important home staging tips is to remove and re-arrange furniture items to ensure that they do not hide any of the properties main features.  In order to promote the house's features you should relocate the furniture making the rooms look bigger or smaller.

THE EXTERIOR

1. Welcoming guests

It is important to welcome potential buyers using the front porch or step and its plants/flowers.  Bright statues of animals along with a doormat can offer a warm greeting to new guests.

2. Organizing a curb appeal checklist

One highly recommended item for home staging is that of a curb appeal checklist noting different curb appeal items.  These refer to the items required to 'get people in the door', for example trimming existing shrubs and repainting any peeling walls.

3. Offering enticing moments

Updating features within the house can contribute to a sale, such as painting any peeling areas or tightening loose doors.  This will intrigue potential buyers and increase the chance of a sale.