Interior Design, real estate

Ready, Set and Action!

To successfully stage you must show off the home in an appealing but non-personal way. Visitors and online viewers should be able to envision themselves in the home. In this post, I share how to prepare a property for sale at the highest amount, while getting it done in the shortest amount of time.

Curb Appeal

Check the home’s curb appeal by taking a picture of the house from the street. Analyze the picture. Is there shrubbery covering windows? Does it need new sod or the trees trimmed?

The Coastal Cottage in West Palm Beach, FL sold for more than we ever dreamed possible.

We loved the house and garden, which we expanded from 900 feet to over 1,970 feet. We miss the garden, but hear that the new family spends time there every weekend. I hope they are enjoying the mangoes! If not, we would be delighted to take them off there hands.

Does the home need power-washing or new neutral paint colors on the house, doors and trim? If needed, paint or buy a new mailbox and lawn furniture should be in good condition. Make sure there is no trash or toys, plus you should hide the garbage and recycle bins.

Check, clean and repair:

  • Fence and Gates
  • Deck
  • Stone Patio
  • Driveway
  • Garage Floor
  • Entrance Light and House Numbers
Photo by Vecislavas Popa on

Declutter and Depersonalize

Clear the house of clutter, personal objects, and excess furniture. Get rid of magazines, newspaper and knickknacks. Pack all the family photos, animal trophies, projects, nudes, gun racks, religious or political items. Your goal is to sell the house, so the aim is to appeal to every potential buyer. Better not to alienate or offend someone.

Pack up one room at a time clearing everything out, including donating and throwing away items you do not need. Rent a storage unit instead of cluttering up your home. Don’t forget to clean out cabinets, closets, and the dishwasher.


How To Organize Get Rid Of Clutter | Pottery Barn

It is critical to rigorously clean every inch of the interior, including vacuuming, steam-cleaning, and scrubbing to remove all dirt. Nicks, dents, and scratches in walls and baseboards should be repaired and painted. Walls should have a fresh coat of white or other neutral paint color. White, black, gray, and beige are good neutral colors options. Save pops of color for throw pillows or artwork.

Remove dated wallpaper and use spackle to fix imperfections in walls or baseboards. Brighten the space by removing valances, swags, or heavy curtains from windows. Remove the majority of your clothes or other items from the closets. Organize your things with inexpensive boxes. Flooring options include a good cleaning, repairing or replacing. Turn on all the lights and add a floor or table lamps to dark spots, as needed.

Photo by Charlotte May on


Boiling cinnamon sticks will provide a pleasant aroma for the open house, but it is more important to open all the windows for a few hours. Be sure to bring your fur babies with you and hide away their stuff when you have a showing or open house.

Reduce the number of furniture pieces to ensure proper scale for the living, dining, and primary bedroom spaces. Furniture pieces to consider include, sitting area, dining table and chairs, as well as primary bed area. The home should be an empty canvas with a few added vignettes, like a pottery bowl filled with fresh fruit in the kitchen. Staging the living room, kitchen, and primary bedroom will help the buyer imagine a life in the space.

The goal is to showcase the best features in each space-highlight a cozy fireplace, add large artwork on a wall with high ceilings, use bigger furniture for a large space and smaller for a small space, and finally create a pretty view outside the windows. The fireplace wall and sitting area are staged beautifully in the home pictured below:

Beautiful living room interior with hardwood floors and fireplace in new luxury home with sliding glass doors and vaulted ceiling

Get professional real estate photos and provide a Listing Flyer with photos, property description and appealing features of the home. In the below picture, I share some of vignettes from the Coastal Modern home. What vignettes do you highlight?

Staging by Room

Roll up a few color-coordinated towels, throw down a neutral rug and add a small plant for the perfect bathroom. Photo by Victoria Borodinova on
Add fresh fruit and if there is a window, add a pretty potted plant to the kitchen. Photo by Houzlook .com on
What a fun space but it would be better with an double Orchid arrangement on the dining table. Photo by Max Vakhtbovych on
I would add a table lamp to this sitting area vignette. Photo by Max Vakhtbovych on

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Love this moody bedroom, but the lamp should be bigger. The barn doors would work for an open loft space, but they don’t provide much privacy. Photo by M&W Studios on

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