10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold

Ready to sell your house? Here are a few staging tips to get your home prepared for the market. When listing a home that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, you want to make sure it’s presented in the best light. You wouldn’t buy a $50,000 dollar car if it was filled from top to bottom in someone’s personal content and trash. This is the same mindset you need to carry into selling your home that will be well worth it!


The best thing you can do for your home for sale is to get rid of all of your clutter! Make a rule for your home that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest factors to a cluttered home is too much furniture. Generally, in a professional staging, half the home owner’s furniture is removed to make the house look much bigger. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It’ll be worth the investment to get a storage unit for a couple of months to store away a lot of your furnishings and goods.


It’s largely misconceived that furniture pushed directly up against walls make a room look bigger, but this is far from true. Instead, you’ll want to float your furniture in reach room and away from the walls. Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure the furnishings are placed to make the traffic flow in a room obvious. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger.


If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it’s important to purpose the room to something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading room, etc. If it’s in the basement, hid the boxes and turn it into a gaming room or family area.


Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcome. Most homes are improperly lit, which makes rooms look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of lighting to each room: ambient (general overhead), task (under cabinets or pendants), and accent lighting (table lamps and wall accents).


The simple trick to toning down dated finishing in any space is a little bit of fresh paint. You don’t want to go stark white, but look into neutral grey and beige colors. Beige colors can also consist of warm honey like colors, soft blues and greens, and a variety of undertones that add a little life to a general neutral color. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to only keep it on accent walls to help enhance structural features.


If you want to make a room bigger than it is, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room. For small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will make the space feel like one, open it up, and make it seem much larger. Using drapes that match the wall colors can also add an emphasis to the room’s size.


Staged homes have an emphasis in fresh flowers and pricey floral arrangements. If you don’t have the money to go all out on florals, you can get this same effect by raiding your garden space. You can DIY beautiful pieces with fern fronds, magnolia clippings, and more. Use the spring and summer months to find cheerful flowers and use them in your arrangements.


So you can’t afford new cabinets? Then you can just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware to them. Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel, go for stainless steel if you can pull it off. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model.


Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers, so you’ll want to be sure to make required repairs. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag. Holes in walls and scratched up door frames can really look unattractive. These repairs cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.


Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Most homes, especially with children and pets, and smokers, have a smell that may go undetected to home owners, but are quickly picked up by strangers. Be sure to have your home professionally cleaned prior to staging to appeal to all buyers that your home is nice and fresh.

2019 Real Estate Outlook


Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

2018 was a great year for real estate in The Golden Isles.  Over 1,700 residential properties were sold in Glynn County alone.  Interest rates did increase during 2018 but fell to 4.62%, for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, by the end of the year.   Your interest rate not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.  Interest rates are expected to rise in 2019 so if you are planning to purchase in 2019 you may want to start your home search sooner rather than later.

Due to housing inventory home prices have increased year-after-year for the last 5 years.  Sellers have benefited from this lack of inventory, but we are starting to see a shift in housing inventory.  Since June inventory levels have started to increase as compared to the same time last year.  If selling is something you have been considering for 2019 you may want to get the process started in order to take advantage of the lower inventory levels.

It is important to speak with a local real estate agent to stay up to date on mortgage rates and your local market’s inventory levels.  If you are planning to buy or sell on Saint Simons or the surrounding area I would love to be your local real estate agent!


About Me

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My name is Kelda Mallette and I am a Realtor with Signature Properties Group, Inc. on Saint Simons Island, GA.  I began my real estate career in November of 2016 after years of working in sales and marketing.  Real Estate has been a great fit with my background.  I have enjoyed meeting and building relationships with others through the buying and selling process.  I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful clients over the last couple of years.

I would love to help you, whether you are buying or selling.  Feel free to give me a call today! Office: 912-634-9995 Cell: 770-833-6417