Is your home ready for its big debut? According to a study by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), “77% of buyer’s agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.” Giving buyers a great first impression is important and you don’t want to miss the mark. Today we’re rounding up some easy steps to whip your home into shape!


If there’s ever a good time to minimize your décor in the home, it’s now! Decluttering a space not only makes the property stand out in person, but also helps with the home’s online presence. Prepping the home for a photo shoot is just as important as showings. With the internet at everyone’s fingertips, you won’t want to ignore this important piece of marketing.

Remove Personal Items

Go ahead and remove personal items in the house such as photos. While it may feel odd to put all your family photos away before you’ve moved out, your family gallery wall might inhibit a potential home buyer from imagining the place as their own.


Style Changes

If you have walls that are painted bold colors, consider painting them a more neutral color. Neutral walls speak to a wider audience, allowing people to visualize the home in style. If you do not have the budget to rework the whole home, concentrate on its focal points. The living room, kitchen, and master bedrooms often have a large impact on buyers.


When it comes time for home repairs, you may not be sure how much money you should put into your home before selling it. Consulting with your REALTOR® will be helpful, as they can provide insight into which home improvement projects might help fetch a higher return. This can range from touching up old paint to replacing grout. Just be sure you aren’t misleading potential buyers about issues with the property. For example, if you paint over a water spot from a roof leak but haven’t repaired the root cause, you must note that in your disclosures.

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Consult a Professional

If you aren’t in the mood for a DIY project, reach out to a home stager. When you choose to work with the Nelson Riddle Team, you’ll have access to our network of professionals. We’ll happily connect you with the resources you need to reduce the stress of vetting new vendors.

The Nelson Riddle Team

Looking for more real estate tips? Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Nelson Riddle Team