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Tips from the Pro’s | How to Stage to Sell

By August 13, 2015 2 Comments
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You decided it’s time to sell, now what? Here are some Tips from Design Solutions KGP how to stage your home to sell.

First CLEAN, CLEAN and CLEAN some more. If you can’t get it clean, replace it. There is nothing that turns a buyer off more than dirt. Think of your home (although it is a larger investment) as you would selling a car. Would you not clean it inside and out before you put that “For Sale” sign on it?  Same for your house, detail it. If you have to paint the trim on the doors, change out the light switch, or replace the rugs, do it before your house goes on the market.

Open cabinets, closets, drawers and refrigerators – buyers do and you want to make sure that yours are cleaned out and looking spacious to buyers. As a rule of thumb I tell sellers to remove and pack anything that they know they will not be using within six months. While doing that before you pack it up ask yourself- TRUTHFULLY will I ever us this or when was the last time I used it? If the answer is not all that positive, get rid of it! Less clutter for your new home!


Once you have done the cleaning OBJECTIVELY look at your rooms. Are the paint colors neutral, fresh looking and…here it comes again, CLEAN? If you still have 1990″s wall paper boarders and sponged walls it’s time to invest in some paint and start painting. Think of it this way, you are probably thinking “uh, I don’t want to do all this work before I move”, do you think a buyer is going to want to spend all this money to purchase your house AND then spend money and time painting? If you don’t want to do it, nor does a buyer and they will find a house they don’t have to do it in.

Now that the rooms are clean and you have a neutral slate, how are the light fixtures? Do you see cheep builder ones, Hollywood bulb lights in the bathrooms or 1980 knock off Tiffany? If so time to update lights with the times. Unless your home is true mid-century style, time to change a few of those out. Remember lights are like hair styles, they change.

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Old dated light fixture

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New simple updated light fixture








Arrange the rooms so they are easy to walk through. Maybe some of your furniture has to go into storage, be given to  a friend, family member, donated or moved into different rooms. Many of my clients say “I still need all of this” and I understand that for your next home; but if you are selling keep in mind less is more. You would be surprised how much we can do without if we have to. This is not when your own personal tastes should stand out, the house is the center stage. 

Last is adding those modern touches that we all see in the TV shows that make us “ooh and ahh.” Although you may be using your same bed you can update the bedding to make it look more luxurious to buyers and inviting.

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Not sure you can pull it off? Call a local professional stager in your area. They have a ton of suggestions and will help you make the most of what you have to enhance your property to sell.

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Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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