7 DIY Home Staging Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Do you want to sell your home, but you’re afraid that getting it into “top dollar” shape will take too much time or money?  Don’t despair.  Here are some easy home staging tips from a top Davie REALTOR® that will help you create a truly competitive Davie home for sale.


  1. Update Your Fireplace

A fireplace can be a focal point of a room.  But, if your fireplace screen is dingy, there is an inexpensive and quick fix for that.  Remove the screen and the glass door if it’s attached.   Use a brush to remove any dust from the screen and cover the glass.

Purchase a heat resistant spray paint and, using long sweeps about 18 inches away from the screen, restore the black screen to its former glory.

Many fireplaces can look outdated if they’re surrounded by red brick.  You can quickly update the look of your fireplace by painting the brick.  Use the same color as the walls, or a complimentary color to make the fireplace the focal point that will sell the room.

  1. Give your Kitchen Cabinets a Facelift

Kitchens sell homes.  If your cabinets need an update, you don’t need to replace them from a home staging perspective.  New stain in a trendy shade or a coat of paint is an excellent way to make your kitchen shine.  Combine the new color with coordinating hardware and you can update your kitchen in a flash.

  1. Update Your Kitchen Appliances

Old appliances will make your kitchen look tired, even if you update the cabinets.  The entire kitchen will look like it’s been renovated when you invest in new appliances.  In addition, you’ll get a return on that investment in the sale price of your home.

  1. Make that Wood Paneling Go Away

When buyers step into a room with wood paneling, their first thought is “that has to go!” You can fix the problem by painting the paneling.  If you’d rather cover up the fact that the paneling exists, you can fill the indentations between the panels with wood filler before you paint.

  1. Lighten Up Dark Rooms

Sometimes a room is dark because it doesn’t get much sun.  In a mature neighborhood, overgrown landscaping is often the problem.  Trimming bushes that prevent the light from coming in might be all you need for effective home staging.

In addition, you can paint the room a light color and install can lights in the ceiling to brighten dark corners.  Finish the room with light colored furniture accented with pops of color, and you’ll have a room that contributes to a quick sale.

  1. Give Every Room a Purpose

One of the goals of staging your home is to let buyers see themselves living in the house.  You may have all-purpose rooms, but they’re not helping you sell.  Make sure every room has a purpose, even if you need to start packing some items that would confuse a buyer.

For example, if one of your bedrooms hosts a desk, toy shelves and a twin bed for guests, there’s just too much for a buyer to absorb.  While you have your home on the market, stage the room to be either a guest room, an office or a playroom, but not all three.

  1. Showcase Your Home’s Storage Space

One thing that buyers always look for is whether a house has enough storage.  When buyers see an overflowing closet, they assume that there isn’t enough storage space in the home.  Sometimes homeowners will “remove the clutter” in their rooms by overstuffing their closets, which is the worst thing you can do.

Before you put your home on the market, organize your closets.  If necessary, start the packing process to store infrequently used items in boxes in a storage area.


These are just some of the things you can do to prepare your home to sell.  If you have other issues, check with a top Davie REALTOR® like those on the Teri Arbogast Team.  We’re local experts who work quickly and diligently to sell your Davie home in the shortest time possible at the best market value.  Contact us at 954-242-8030 or online today!




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