Dan Marconi
CalRE #00860070

Staging Your Home to Sell

Staging your home and removing clutter is a proven strategy for speeding up the sales process. Highlight your home’s strengths and give prospective buyers a sense of how they’d decorate rooms in the house.


Lighting - Great lighting is crucial for making your home look warm and welcoming. If you notice that some areas of your home are dark and dreary, increase the wattages of the lightbulbs in the fixtures and lamps. A good rule of thumb is to have a total of 100 watts of lighting for every 50 square feet of interior space. Try three different types of lighting per room: accent lighting (on a wall or table), task lighting (such as a reading or under-cabinet light), and ambient lighting (overhead).


Appliances - Okay, you might not be willing to spend thousands installing new appliances just for staging. However, studies show that new appliances in the kitchen garner high returns for sellers, which means you stand to get a better price for your home. 


Get rid of ‘Stuff’ - You need to get rid of clutter. Sellers often forget about some of the biggest causes of clutter: couches, chairs, and tables. Having too much furniture in your home can make it seem small and cramped. Before we start showing your home, walk around and remove excess furniture items. You don’t need to get rid of everything, you want your house to look lived-in, just make sure you’re maximizing the space in each room.