When putting your home up for sale, you want to ensure it looks its best.  A house that is clean and looking good will attract more buyers than a home that has been neglected.

To make the most of your house’s time on the market, follow these seven tips for staging:

Have a plansell home

Before you start selling and staging your home, have a plan!  Will you still be living there while selling?  Do you already have another place lined up?  Whatever it may be, make a list of everything you have to do to make the home look presentable, including any repairs needed.

Take professional photos

Those iPhone photos aren’t going to cut it in this market.  Consider hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of the inside and outside of your home to grab attention.  If you’re unsure where to start, ask your real estate agent!  They will have the resources available, including a photographer, to take great photos of your home.

Don’t neglect the curb appeal

When potential buyers come to your home for the first time, they want to be impressed by the outside and the inside.  Take the time to clean the outside of the house, including cleaning up yard waste, cleaning windows and doors, and power washing the siding.

Remove clutter

No one wants to talk into a home (or look at the pictures) and see a bunch of clutter.  To buyers seeing this, all they may think about is the mess and what could be lurking underneath.  Clean off all counter and table tops, remove the trash, and put everything in its proper place.

Show off storage

Good storage is one of the biggest things buyers will be looking at when touring your home.  Show off the storage in your home by organizing the spaces (and removing everything, if possible) and removing items like holiday decorations and seldomly-used small kitchen appliances.

Keep the home clean

Keep it clean whether or not you are living in the home while selling!  No one wants to walk into a dirty house and immediately think about all the cleaning they’ll have to do.  Clean the floors and make sure that windows, behind furniture, and ceiling fans are clean.

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