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23 Best General Home Staging Tips

General Home Staging Tips
The goal of staging your home is to ensure that any potential buyer who walks in can see themselves in the home. When you are thinking about your home in a very general sense, and about the exterior there are 25 tips that can help you get the most out of your efforts.  As you look over these tips remember that your goal is not to stage your home in a way that appeals to just you, so avoid anything that doesn’t seem to appeal to the general public. Be sure to read all of our 72 best home staging tips to get information for the rest of your home.

General Home Staging Tips

  1. One of the best tips, and one that applies to your entire home is to ensure it is as clean as possible. Go through your home from top to bottom and clean it thoroughly. If you are not a fan of cleaning this is something you can hire professionals to accomplish for you. Remember to take extra time on places that potential buyers will be most interested in, places such as the kitchen and bathrooms.
  2. Clutter is your enemy. Look around your home and property, box up and put into storage anything just laying around. You want your property to look as pristine as possible both inside and out.
  3. Take a look at your home and try to limit the amount of furniture throughout your home. Each room should have just enough furniture to show it off best, take out any furniture that makes the room look too busy.
  4. It often helps potential buyers if you arrange the furniture to make the traffic flow through a space obvious. Avoid furniture placement that makes them walk around couches or tables. Also keep furniture away from the walls to make the room seem a little larger.
  5. You don’t always have to spend money buying or renting furniture for your home. Look around your home and move furniture between rooms. Often a piece that doesn’t work in one room can be the perfect piece for a different room.
  6. Proper lighting is an important part of staging your home. It should be bright and visually appealing. A good rule is to provide  100 watts of lighting every 50 square feet. You should also make sure to have three types of lighting, ambient, task, and accent. Ensure the windows let in as much natural light as they can, this is always the best option.
  7. If you are concerned that your home seems small consider painting adjacent rooms the same color. By painting rooms the same color you remove the visual break between the two of them, this will make the rooms appear to be larger.
  8. Rooms that have been painted a bold color can turn off potential buyers. Consider repainting a room that is boldly colored into some more neutral color that will appeal to the broader audience you are hoping will be interested in your home.
  9. Potential buyers don’t need to be distracted by large amounts of artwork. Use discretion on artwork, make sure it is tasteful and fits with the decor of your home.
  10. An interesting visual quirk most people aren’t aware of is that odd numbered groups are more pleasing to the eye. So when placing items out for decoration try to have them in odd numbered groups. Also, in order to not make groups of object seem artificial use different sizes to keep it visually appealing.
  11. There is always something to be gained by putting some fresh plants in your rooms. This can make a room seem more lived in and attract your buyers.
  12. Your home should be in good repair. Part of staging your home is ensuring that there are no damages that your buyers have to worry about. Fix any issues that you have been putting off so that your home is shown in the best possible state of repair.
  13. Moving furniture can be time consuming and frustrating. Use an over the counter program, plan your room out on paper, or even tape out prospective placements before moving the physical furniture for your home staging efforts.
  14. Your buyers can often benefit from a little obvious staging. If you have a room that is not obvious in its purpose, stage it to show what it can be used for. Staging a room as an office helps them see themselves using it as one.
  15. Spaces that are too small to be staged with a purpose shouldn’t just be left empty. Use a small desk or bureau to fill any awkward areas of your home.
  16. No buyer wants to buy a home that smells bad. Ensure that you take the time to find and eliminate any potential odors before your showing days. You can also use an air freshener, something home smelling such as cookies or cinnamon.


  1. It may seem a tiny detail but make sure that your house numbers are able to be read. New numbers both on the mailbox and the house are little details but they are the first things potential buyers will be looking for.
  2. Put out deck furniture to give your exterior a livable look. Deck furniture placed out for potential buyers should be either new or in good repair.
  3. Look around your yard, make sure that you have it looking as good as possible. Ensure the grass is cut, the yard is edged, hedges are trimmed and if possible put in some flowering plants.
  4. There is something to be said for putting a new coat of paint on the front door. A fresh looking front door can show the best welcome to your home.
  5. Ensure you remove any random debris in your yard. Old swing sets, items left behind sheds, all of these things have to be put into storage, or transported to the dump.
  6. The last thing buyers want to see when looking at the back yard is a broken, worn looking privacy fence. Your privacy fence should get a fresh coat of paint or stain and any broken or missing parts repaired or replaced.
  7. Last but not least, the exterior of the house needs to be clean and look as good as possible. Even if your paint job is relatively new, mildew and dirt can build up and make your home look dingy. There are many cleaning products made specifically for the exterior of a home. Whatever you use make sure you rinse away any residue from the base of the walls.

You now have a better understanding of the general home staging tips you should be aware of; the next thing you can do is to get a better understanding of how to stage your living room.