Selling your home can be a frustrating and lengthy experience.  Some people have their homes on the market for years, but nobody seems to be very interested.  One way you can make your home look more appealing and find a buyer faster is by proper staging.  Here are some tips on how to stage your home to sell it faster.

If you’re on a budget – You will get the best results if you stage your home room by room.  But if funds are limited, you should focus on the exterior and entry of your home, as well as the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and master bedroom.  These are the areas potential buyers are most interested in.

Cleanliness – This is another trick that is cheap, simple and very effective: Make sure your home is sparkling clean.  The goal is to make every nook and cranny as spotless as possible.  The newer your home looks, the more appealing it is to potential buyers.

Declutter your home – This is another inexpensive trick that will go a long way.  If your home is cluttered, it will distract potential buyers from seeing the rooms’ features.  It will also make your home appear smaller than it is, and it will make buyer thinks there is insufficient storage space.  Decluttering will make your home appear cleaner and roomier when you sell a house.

Wallpaper and Paint – You may love your zebra striped wallpaper bedroom, or your highlighter yellow bathroom, but chances are those will scare your potential buyers aware.  Some people make the mistake of painting their entire home white when they are trying to sell, so buyers will see the home as a “blank slate”, but this is also a mistake.  Warm, neutral paint colors are the way to go.

Flooring –  Dirty carpets and cheap linoleum are potential buyers’ worst nightmares.  If you can, hardwood floors are low-maintenance, elegant, hypoallergenic,  and appeal to almost everyone.  It is also fairly easy to apply carpet over it if someone doesn’t like it.   Kitchens and bathrooms should have tile or stone flooring, or at least, high quality vinyl tiles.

Lighting – Lighting is also something that’s more important than people think.  When showing your home, make sure to open all your curtains and blinds to allow as much natural light as possible to get in.  Replace any broken or outdated light fixtures, and make sure they are clean and free of dust and dead bugs.

Outside: Remember that the exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it’s important to make a great impression.  Cut your grass, buy new doormats, trim your bushes, wash your windows, power wash the exterior of your house, and clean your pool thoroughly.

Final touches – When it comes to staging your home, the little things really matter.  Things like lighting a pleasant smelling candle, fresh cut flowers, new bathroom towels, and fresh air will go a long way to making your home look its best.

Staging your home is very important if your goal is to sell your home quickly.  Not everyone stages their homes, so if you do, you will be at a great advantage over other sellers.

This was a guest post from Movoto Real Estate, an online brokerage with listings in more than 35 states in the USA.