10 STAGING TIPS
for selling your home quickly

Curb Appeal in Charlotte, NC

NUMBER ONE: BOOST CURB APPEAL

You hear it all the time, when it comes to selling your home you have to make a good

impression from the moment someone pulls in front of the house. This couldn’t be more true!

65% of us are visual learners & purchasers. If they like what they see & everything seems

appealing, chances are greater that you will have more buyers interested & sell quickly.

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Stunning Front Door - 222 Tranquil Court - Charlotte, NC

NUMBER TWO: WELCOME VISITORS WITH AN INVITING PORCH

Think of your front porch as another room of your home. You should add elements like plants,

pops of color with throw pillows, soft lighting & even create a sitting area, if you have the space

to do so. One thing many realtors will tell you is, it take a few minutes to gain entry into a house,

so the potential buyers really have a few minutes to really admire your front porch during

this time. Making sure everything looks tidy & welcoming can really add to that first impression.

Not only is it important for visitors, but if you think about it most listings showcase the front

exterior or porch area as the primary photo on websites, so it will add that element of

allure to even get showings.

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Galley Kitchen - Charlotte, NC

NUMBER THREE: CHOOSE SOPHISTICATED NEUTRAL COLORS

One of the keys to selling your home quickly is appealing to a wide variety of buyers. Sometimes

its a numbers game, the more people you have tour your home, the greater chance you have

of one of them putting an offer in on your home. When it comes to appealing to the

masses, neutral colors are ideal. Maybe when you think about the words “neutral colors” it

makes you yawn. Are you seeing only beige in your head? Well, here is the shocker…

while beige is one of the most popular colors, there is a wide variety of other colors that

are really considered “Neutral”. Two of the hottest colors this year are gray & yellow!

There are a wide variety of browns, blues, greens & even some oranges that really

could be considered when you neutralize. Think lighter shades of these colors, as they

tend to be more on the neutral scale than the vivid colors. By neutralizing you really

increase your chances of selling quicker because you will not only appeal to more buyers,

but buyers don’t have to worry about the upfront expense of painting, as neutrals tend to

have a lot more options when to comes to matching up with accent colors.

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Living Room - Charlotte, NC

NUMBER FOUR: GET YOUR HOME SPARKLING CLEAN

There is nothing quite like walking in a sparkling clean, well polished home. Think of that

new car smell that we all love & then spin it. There is something about the smell of a

freshly cleaned room, the gleam on the hardwoods & shine on the counter-tops to make

you experience that giddy feeling of buying something shiny & new.

(Even if it isn’t quite new.)

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Living Room

NUMBER FIVE: CLEAR ALL THE CLUTTER

Clearing the clutter goes hand & hand with sparkly. We think one of the best ways to look

at decluttering is simple – when you sell your home, you plan on packing everything up

to move any way, so why not get a jump start & pack up some things before you list.

A good real estate rule when decluttering is to depersonalize, think about removing items

that might have a little more personal touch like picture frames, hobby items &

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Morning Room - Inviting & Sunny

NUMBER SIX: REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE

So you have cleared out all the clutter, when you stand back and look at each room, does all

the furniture make sense in the room? If you feel like the space seems a little cramped,

maybe it would be best to take a few pieces out of a room. Does the room seem a

little bare? Maybe you can take a few pieces from another room & redistribute. For some

rooms, it might be a good idea to really set the stage & rearrange some furniture so it looks

like an intimate conversations can be held. Pulling furniture away from walls &

clustering them closer together can be helpful. Focal point the the room, like a fireplace, should

really be highlighted. Perhaps you need to re-purpose a room, by changing out to

furniture from another room. Does this seem like a daunting task? Not sure where

to start? Our Realtors are great at helping you decide what needs to stay/go & what might

be best for arranging a room. They might also suggest a stager, which is a wonderful option

and really can help you increase the buyer interest.

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Formal Dining Room in Charlotte, NC

NUMBER SEVEN: STYLE YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE

For so many, dining rooms can be that space which is really only used during the holidays

or on special occasions. It can become a spot that sits a little barren, when not it use. So why

not doll this room up, as if the potential home buyer is your personal guest

& really celebrate some style in this special. Make them really visualize entertaining

in this space & give it definition. Think about possibly adding a table cloth, some of your

dinnerware & a simple flower arrangement or maybe leave the exposed wood table but add

a pop of color with 3 small floral arrangements & some wine glasses for a more casual feel.

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1590 Clayton Dr - Master Bedroom with beamed ceilings

NUMBER EIGHT: CREATE A NEUTRAL MASTER BEDROOM

Traditionally know as a room for sleeping, relaxation has always the primary vibe in

the master. While the times have changed slightly & technology has been introduced,

relaxation & comfort still seem to be the focus. Having a room that is overly feminine or

too masculine can have it’s drawbacks, you want something that evokes comfort for

most buyers.  Keep thinking…appeal to the masses.

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2410 Cornell Ave Charlotte NC - Closet in Master Bedroom

NUMBER NINE: CLEAN OUT CLOSETS

For so many, one of the reasons buyers are looking for a new home is they need more

space than they previously had. Create the illusion of more space by cleaning out

or packing up closets. A good rule of thumb is to start by eliminating things you don’t

need or can’t fit into any more. Then go back and pack up anything that isn’t in season

or that you have just stashed away. Opening up the closet space will help tremendously!

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Golf Course - Water View

NUMBER TEN: PLAY UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD LIFESTYLE

Something about your neighborhood enticed you to buy where you did and highlighting

that can really add to the appeal to buyers maybe looking for a similar lifestyle. If you live

in a historic neighborhood, really turn up the character of the home. You enjoyed all the trees

in the backyard, create a little seating area under the trees to really showcase them. Amazing

view from your condo, play up that space to make sure they see what you do. Golf course

property, entice them to view the course by adding some golf elements to the yard.

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