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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale Liz MacDonald Shelf Help 2

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale with Liz MacDonald of Shelf Help

It might have taken a little while to arrive, but wow, the spring market is here and it’s hot! If you are getting your home ready for sale, here are 5 staging tips you should keep in mind:

Create a good first impression with your home’s exterior

  • Invest in mulch. It will up your curb appeal
  • Seed or sod any dead spots in your yard
  • Create an inviting entry with no clutter, peeling paint or bugs in the light fixtures!

Showcase your home, not your stuff

  • Show off your gorgeous hardwoods – don’t cover them all with area rugs
  • Remove heavy drapery to let in as much light as possible
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure there’s nothing obscuring it

Remove distractions

  • Make rooms feel as big as possible by removing large bulky furniture
  • Remove family photos and any decor objects smaller than a soft ball
  • If you have built ins, make sure to leave space so they don’t feel crowded
  • Minimize what you have out on your kitchen counters

Make sure your rooms are shown as they are meant to be used

  • If you’ve created a home office from what is obviously supposed to be your dining room, convert it back. You don’t want buyers thinking there isn’t enough space in the home

Create flow

  • Connect rooms with a neutral color pallet
  • Stage and photograph your rooms from the perspective of their entries
  • Don’t decorate every wall. Give buyers space to imagine their own items

Remember, staging your home isn’t about your taste or decor (a tough pill to swallow, I know!), it’s about appealing to the broadest range of buyers possible. You’ll need to think of your home as a product while it’s on the market. This is tough while you’re still living there, but if you can make this mental shift, you’ll have an easier time keeping it “showing ready”.

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Liz is an interior designer with a background in video production. She married her two passions to create her video series Shelf Help. She works with clients to decorate their homes while they live there and then stage them once they are ready to sell. If you’re looking for vision for your home contact Liz at