Staging your home is a proven strategy for speeding up the sales process here in the St Pete market. It can even help boost your home’s value when offers start coming in. By highlighting your home’s strengths and giving prospective buyers a sense of how they’d utilize different spaces, you can help these prospects develop emotional attachments to your home.

Here are some quick tips for helping you along with the staging process:

Pay attention to lighting

Great lighting is crucial for making your home look warm and welcoming. If you notice that some areas of your home are dark and dreary, increase the wattage of the light bulbs in the fixtures and lamps. A good rule of thumb is to have a total of 100 watts of lighting for every 50 square feet of interior space. Also, you should strive for three different types of lighting per room: accent lighting (on a wall or table), task lighting (such as a reading or under-cabinet light), and ambient lighting (overhead).

Also, before a showing happens, go through and turn on all the lights and open all windows/blinds to allow the most light possible to enter your home.

Update your appliances

Alright, so you might not be willing to spend thousands of dollars on installing new, stainless steel appliances just for staging. However, studies show that new appliances in the kitchen garner high returns for sellers. This means you increase your chances of getting a better price for your home! So if any of the major appliances are in need of replacement anyway, it is best to do so as you will likely get more than a full return out of your investment.

Get rid of unnecessary furniture

It should go without saying that, when staging a home, tackling clutter is a must. However, I have seen too often sellers here in the St Pete area forget about some of the biggest causes of clutter: couches, chairs, and tables. Having too much furniture in your home can make it seem small and cramped.

Before you start showing your home, take a walk around and remove furniture items that you can live without. You don’t need to get rid of everything (after all, you want the space to look lived-in), but you want to make sure you’re maximizing available space.

On the subject of having a space look lived in, this only applies to furniture. Try and keep all personal items out of sight, like coats, shoes, mail, etc. The idea is to portray the space in a way that the buyers can see themselves in and how a space could be used by them. Personal items distract from this and remind the buyer that this is not their house.

Check out these 15 Before & After Photos That Prove the Power of Home Staging

Not sure you’re much of a home staging pro? I will gladly connect you with an interiors expert! Let us know if you’re looking to stage your home for selling or to redecorate your Utah home, so we can follow up with our top recommendations. Or do a free, no obligation, in home consultation.