If you’re preparing to sell a house, it’s crucial to stage the rooms to entice buyers. From cleaning the kitchen to re-arranging the furniture in the living room, every staging aspect in each area matters. There are some techniques that work better than others, so follow the staging do’s and don’ts below for the best results.


Clean and declutter.

A house that seems dirty or untidy will put potential buyers off. Sweep and mop the floors thoroughly, dust shelves, wipe down counters. Remove items such as clothing, shoes, and documents that make your home look cluttered and place them in boxes. If possible, try not to have too many large pieces of furniture in one room, as this will make the room look smaller. 

Stage the patio.

sell a houseIt’s easy to focus on the interior when you’re looking to sell a house, but the outside of your home is just as important. Buyers will envision themselves spending time outdoors, so it’s crucial to stage the patio.

Add a seating area and fire pit to make the patio look comfortable and enticing. Make sure to sweep the patio and pull weeds to create a clean look.


Display personal items.

Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home. Hide personal items, such as family photos, trophies, and diplomas. Also, hide or remove any furnishings that are too bold, such as vivid paintings, posters, or accessories. It’s best not to have any religious or political items on display as well.

Leave holes in place.

Potential buyers will be looking very carefully at your home and may notice minor damage. Make as many small repairs as you can before viewings begin, including patching up holes in the wall or refacing the cabinets to make them more appealing.

It’s not always necessary to conduct major work like kitchen or bathroom remodeling, but a coat of paint and some minor repairs will improve your home’s appearance significantly.



When you decide to sell a house, The Justice Group in Oak Ridge, NC, will guide you through every step of the process. The family-owned and -operated real estate agency has more than 18 years of experience in the business. They help homeowners stage, list, and sell their homes. To learn more about their services, call (336) 324-5716 or visit their website.