Staging your home is a profitable investment. It can result in quicker offers, and the highest sale value. Research shows that staged homes sell three times faster than a non-staged home. What’s more, 70 percent of real estate agents say that home staging increased the offer value on a house by up to 10 percent. Staging your house for sale can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. The key is finding a balance between making your house look its best and making the changes that will have the biggest impact on the appearance and in turn the sale of your home. Here are some simple tips to get started:

Hiring a professional to stage your home.

If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, hiring a professional staging company is a good way to go.

When it comes time to stage your house, and you don’t want to do it yourself: Hiring professionals can help speed up the process of selling your property by making it more attractive in photos and showings, which means that buyers will be more likely to make an offer on your house. They also know what works best for different types of homes--for example, if yours has an open floor plan or not--and what colors are most likely going to appeal most strongly with potential buyers in their demographic group (which can vary based on factors like age).

Finally, staging companies have the experience and know how best to showcase all aspects of your property while keeping costs down so as not weigh down potential offers unnecessarily!

Staging your home on your own

  • Stage one room at a time

Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, either way it's important to start with the room that gets the most traffic (and thus needs staging most). Rooms like the kitchen or living areas is a great place to start. Bathrooms are also very important in the overall esthetic of your home. It's also helpful if these rooms are the rooms where you spend a lot of your time when at home. This way, when people visit your house and see how well-staged these rooms look, with fresh paint jobs or new furniture, they'll get excited about buying your house! And if they don't buy it right away, staging will give them something positive to think about as they consider their options between properties.

If cost is an issue for you financially then its recommended starting small with just one area of each room; whether this means painting one wall or adding some artwork above where people sit while eating breakfast every morning doesn't matter too much as long as they notice it right away when entering through doorways."

  • Make small, inexpensive changes first

The first thing you should do when staging your home is to make sure that the furniture fits the space, and that it doesn't crowd the room. A small area rug can help define the space, as well as provide a nice contrast between flooring materials--it also helps bring attention to other aspects of the room (like lighting). Add some greenery to give a fresh feel to rooms that may be lacking in natural light or just look dull overall. Finally, candles are always good sellers because they create an inviting atmosphere that makes potential buyers want to spend time in your home!

  • Use the right color schemes

For the most part, you should stick to neutral colors. It's important that you choose a color scheme that is consistent throughout your house and will look good in any room.

If you want your home to be more inviting and warmer, use earth tones like browns or tans as they are more natural than bright whites or stark blacks. Or if you want something more modern-looking, try using bright pops of color in accessories around different areas of the house for added effect!

  • Create a sense of openness

Your home should be inviting and comfortable, but it's also important to create a sense of space. When you're staging your house for sale, there are several ways you can create an illusion of openness. For example:

  • Use mirrors to reflect light and make rooms appear larger than they really are.
  • Paint walls white or another light color. This helps reflect natural light into darker areas of the room, so it looks brighter.
  • Open up the floor plan by removing walls where possible; this will give buyers a better sense of how many rooms are truly included within your home's square footage, and can help them imagine how they could use those spaces themselves! It might feel weird at first but trust us, your buyers will appreciate this.
  •  Additionally, try moving furniture away from walls so that nothing blocks access between spaces like kitchens/living areas/bedrooms etc. This will allow all visitors' eyes focus on one focal point at once rather than being distracted by multiple things happening simultaneously around them.
  • Make sure your furniture fits the space

Now that you've decided on a few furniture pieces, it's time to make sure they fit the space.

If there is too much furniture in your room, buyers might be turned off by how crowded it feels and think that they won't have enough space for their own things if they buy your house. Make sure there's enough room for them to walk around comfortably without bumping into pieces of furniture every few steps!

It's also important that the pieces themselves are comfortable and in good condition--if not, this will make people less likely come back when looking at other houses on the market.

  • Sell yourself through photos

To sell yourself through photos, you need to make sure that the photographer is experienced in home staging. An inexperienced photographer may not understand how to use angles and natural light to make rooms look larger than they really are, or how important it is that they capture every detail of your home (including small details like paintings on walls).

If possible, hire a professional who has experience photographing homes for sale. They'll be able to give you advice on what types of shots will work best and how much time should be spent on each room before moving on to another area of the house.


Overall, staging is a good investment and will increase the chances of selling your home faster and usually for a higher price. Whether you choose to stage your home yourself or hire a professional to do it, the outcome may just entice you to stay!

For all your real estate needs or just for great advice on listing your property, give McGarr Realty a call today!

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