1. DeclutterIt’s work to keep a house ready to show at a moment’s notice. One of the most impactful things you can do is pare down your belongings. The less you have, the more spacious your home feels. Go through your bookcases and remove everything you don’t really need. Do the same with your shelves. Take some time in your closets, removing clothing, shoes, and anything else that makes it feel packed to the brim. Your home will feel like a breath of fresh air with anything possible to anyone who views it.
2. Use Staging LinensDon’t even think you can keep clean, beautiful linens that are pleasant and perfect, even with only a 15 minute warning. Instead, have a set of staging linens for the bathrooms. (Follow these additional tips for staging your bathroom.) You pull these fluffy white towels out of the closet and hang them quickly and easily. They’ll make your bathroom shine. (This is one of our favorite staging hacks!)Freshen up your bed with decorative pillows and fresh shams. You can easily set these aside at bedtime, but artfully arrange them each morning. If you want something even easier, grab a bed-in-a-bag and see how easily it brightens up your bedroom.
3. Follow the Rule of 3We quirky humans find odd numbers far more attractive than even numbers. This applies to artwork, vases, candlesticks, and even fruit! Any vignette will benefit from this odd-number rule.(It also helps to vary the height as you go.)If you’re stuck or trying to make a corner more memorable, use rule for furniture as well. (Think chair, side table, and wall art.) And color! Let two colors be the staple in your space, but add a pop of a third color to add interest and personality.
4. Have Invisible PetsYour dog or cat is part of the family — you even have pictures of them on your refrigerator. But when you’re showing your home, you want to hide any evidence of your pets. Slide their food storage and food and water bowls neatly into the pantry. Pack away their toys into a pretty basket on a bottom bookshelf. If they use a crate, find a spot in your garage that’s inconspicuous but easy for storage. When you get that call for a showing, you’ll be able to move these things quickly, and have a little extra time to lint-roll the furniture.
5. Pack Away PaperworkYou probably have a spot for all your mail, bills, and important paperwork. While your home is on the market, keep these papers in a file storage box so you can take them with you when you run out the door. That way, your personal information is safe, and your counters are clear.
6. Hide Your CordsOver time, you stop noticing the charging cords in the dining room. And the power cords hanging off the desk in your home office. (Find more tips for staging your home office here.) For showings, you want to hide all these cords. Cable management is a minor detail that can make a big impact. Zip tie or velcro together any extra length. Hide lamp cords under rugs. Use cord sleeves to merge multiple cables.
7. Clean OftenKeeping up a showing-ready home takes work. Assemble a small cleaning caddy with essentials so you can easily do a quick spot clean where needed. Consider a short morning and evening cleaning routine to keep things manageable. Keep spare garbage bags in the receptacles so you can remove trash and insert a fresh bag on your way out the door for each showing.When you use these 7 staging hacks, you’ll be able to transition easily and quickly from lived-in to luxurious for each and every showing. And you’ll command a higher price when you confidently present the unique features and beauty of your home.