Whether you’re looking to sell or rent your home, you want to show your home off to its best advantage. You may have heard of staging, or the process of getting your home ready to be seen by hordes of potential buyers and renters. You don’t need a professional stager to get your house ready, you just need to follow these common-sense tips: 1. Start with a clean slate Your home needs to be spotless. Do a thorough cleaning, right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings. 2. Stow away your clutter It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they’re looking at your family photos, collectibles, and knickknacks. Pack up all your personal decorations. However, don’t make spaces like mantles and coffee and end tables barren. Leave three items of varying heights on each surface. For example, place a lamp, a small plant, and a book on an end table. 3. Scale back on your furniture When a room is packed with furniture, it looks smaller, which will make buyers think your home is less valuable than it is. Make sure buyers appreciate the size of each room by removing one or two pieces of furniture. If you have an eat-in dining area, using a small table and chair set makes the area seem bigger. 4. Rethink your furniture placement Highlight the flow of your rooms by arranging the furniture to guide buyers from one room to another. In each room, create a focal point on the farthest wall from the doorway and arrange the other pieces of furniture in a triangle around the focal point. 5. Add color to brighten your rooms Brush on a fresh coat of warm, neutral-color paint in each room. Then accessorize. Adding a vibrant afghan, throw, or accent pillows for the couch will jazz up a muted living room, as will a healthy plant or a bright vase on your mantle. High-wattage bulbs in your light fixtures will also brighten up rooms and basements. 6. Set the scene Lay logs in the fireplace, and set your dining room table with dishes and a centerpiece of fresh fruit or flowers. Create other vignettes throughout the home—such as a chess game in progress—to help buyers envision living there. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light. 7. Make the entrance grand Mow your lawn and trim your hedges, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before showings to make your lawn sparkle. If flowers or plants don’t surround your home’s entrance, add a pot of bright flowers. Top it all off by buying a new doormat and adding a seasonal wreath to your front door. Now that your house is in ship-shape, it’s time to get it sold or rented. Make sure you take just as much care choosing a real estate agent as you did staging your home. Call us today to find out how we can help you find the right buyers or tenants for your home.