Staging Your Home For Sale

Home staging goes a bit further than simply preparing your house for sale.
It involves setting a specific welcoming scene to attract potential buyers and make it irresistible.
With the use of interior decoration tips and well thought-out design, you can turn a basic property into a seductive and stunning home to help achieve the maximum sale price.

Basic Tips

  • Plants are frequently used in home staging to add colour and interest to a room. Tall potted plants look great in outdoor areas such as patios or decks, and vases of fresh flowers are perfect for dressing up interior rooms.
  • Artwork and plants can be used as decorative objects. Many interior decorating experts advocate placing them in groups of one, three, or five. These can be placed strategically in the living room to draw attention to stand-out property features like a fireplace.
  • If there are areas of your home which are a bit cramped, placing mirrors on the walls is a neat trick to open them up.
  • The kitchen is an important area for home staging. A large bowl of fresh fruit on the counter top can add colour to an otherwise drab kitchen.
  • You can turn an otherwise boring bathroom into an elegant spa with a few simple tips. Arrange small handtowels, and set out new, neutral-coloured bath towels.
  • Mimic the appeal of an expensive hotel by placing small baskets containing scented soaps, moisturisers, or bath products on the countertop. This will make your bathroom seem luxurious.
  • If your home is stuffed with furniture, consider taking out items that aren’t essential. You can then use a small selection of hand-picked furniture in each room to create a unique vignette. This should give the buyer just enough information to understand what the room’s purpose.
  • Exterior areas can also be staged to give the buyer a sense of their purpose and function. Large terraces could be set up with outdoor dining equipment, to show that the terrace serves an additional function to a basic outdoor seating area. It could also be a bustling centre of family entertainment.
  • Draw back your curtains and turn on all of the lights, to ensure every bit of your property is lit to its best advantage. A dim, dark house is more depressing than atmospheric, and can hide your best staging efforts. Choose sophisticated lamps and lighting fixtures to add another layer of style to your home.
  • Before showing the home, you’ll want to remove any pets and their accessories from the premises. Let the house air out to get rid of any lingering pet odours.
  • If any repair work is needed, you will also want to have this taken care of before staging your property.


Although staging takes a bit of time and effort, it can make a significant difference in your ultimate selling price.
You can either take on the job yourself or hire a professional stager to set the scene. Deborah Brady can let you know which features in your home are worth highlighting and put you in contact with the right local companies.