Home Staging Tips: Four Ways To Help Your Real Estate Agent Prep Your House

Posted on: 8 January 2018

When you are ready for a showing to sell your home, your real estate agent may have some advice to help you stage the house. There are a few things you can do before it's time to show your home that will help your real estate agent get everything ready. Here are some suggestions for easy fixes you can use in your home to make it look great.

Invest In Slipcovers

Whether you have sofas and chairs that are a bit worn or your furniture has a loud pattern, slipcovers can create a new, neutral look in your main living area. Select slipcovers that fit snugly around each piece of furniture, and choose neural shads, such as tan or gray, to make the space look fresh and new. As a bonus, you can use these slipcovers in your new home to create a beautiful look in your new living room.

Remove Worn Furniture

If you have old furniture that looks worn or damaged, consider removing it from the home before the showing. You can purchase affordable ready-to-assemble items at your local discount store that should work as suitable replacements for damaged end tables, bookcases, coffee tables, or dining room tables. These items can be disassembled and placed in storage after the showing, or they can be transported to your new home to completely replace your old furnishings.

Replace Family Photos

You may have lots of family photos on your walls, but these dear memories can make it difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home. Begin packing these items away for use in your new home, and replace them with decorative wall art. You can find simple wall hangings at your local discount store or even at a dollar store, which can be used to adorn your walls during the showings or open house event. Select simple pieces of affordable artwork in neutral colors to replace your family photos.

Purchase A New Dinnerware Set

One simple way to make your home look attractive to homebuyers is to set a beautiful table. Purchase a dinnerware set along with matching napkins, glasses, and flatware to set your dining room table before showings. Add a vase with fresh or silk flowers, as well as a decorative bowl filled with fresh fruit. Add a table runner or tablecloth to disguise an old table, and invest in chair cushions to make wood dining chairs look a bit more comfortable.

Partner with your real estate agent to select color themes for any items you add to the home and be prepared to make quick changes, such as setting the table, whenever your agent calls to schedule a showing with a potential buyer.