5 Home-Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

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Staging a home is a popular, proven method to help sellers get the most for their homes.

photo: courtesy of George Chan

 

Staging a home is a popular, proven method to help sellers get the most for their homes. A beautifully designed living space helps home shoppers envision a life in the house they are seeing. After all, when shopping for anything online, what do we click on first? The item with the pretty photo.

 

Nicole Harbottle is a Realtor-turned-stager who has been preparing homes for sale since 2004. Since then, her company, Island Hale, has staged hundreds of homes in Hawai‘i. Nicole runs a crew that can come into a home and have it  professionally staged in about four hours. And the crew members don’t just decorate and run—they pop in weekly to water the temporary live plants and make sure that pillows are placed right and dust hasn’t built up, keeping a home in top shape the entire time it’s listed.

 

We asked Harbottle what secrets she’d be willing to share with our readers who are starting to think about listing their homes, or who simply want pro design tips for their new homes. She told us what you don’t do is just as important as what you do. Here are her top five tips.

 

Staging a home is a popular, proven method to help sellers get the most for their homes.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF GEORGE CHAN

 

1. Don’t push all the furniture up against walls.

These days, fresh ideas for room layouts are easily found on the web. Mix it up; just don’t create a pit in the center of the room.

 

2. Don’t waste plants.

Sticking a plant in the corner of an otherwise empty room doesn’t make the room more appealing. It just looks weird.

 

Staging a home is a popular, proven method to help sellers get the most for their homes.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF GEORGE CHAN

 

3. Choose solid colors.

We love our aloha prints, but you can get that touch of Hawai‘i with throw pillows or even a flower arrangement. Keep the upholstery solid.

 

4. Shop at Ross—just don’t make it obvious!

Trendy items, such as words-as-art pieces, don’t sell homes. Search for current home color trends or pick up the latest high-end home catalogue and follow its lead for colors.

 

5. Don’t hang too high.

Staging a home is a popular, proven method to help sellers get the most for their homes.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF GEORGE CHAN

 

Artwork is key to any well-designed home, but most people hang it too high. The vertical center of any piece should be 57 inches high. They call it gallery height, and it makes for the best possible photos.

 

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