Home staging is like a secret weapon when it comes to selling homes, and real estate agents understand that buyers must be able to imagine themselves living in and enjoying a house in order to make an offer. This is an easier task to accomplish with skilled staging. If you don’t have the budget for a professional stager, here are some tips to help you make the most out of a do-it-yourself approach.


This is arguably the most important part of preparing your home for tours and open houses. You don’t want potential buyers to be thinking about how much cleaning they’ll have to do if they buy your place. Your house should be attractive and inviting. Scrub, dust, wipe and sweep away any mess that could make potential buyers think twice about purchasing your home.


In terms of importance when staging, right behind cleaning is decluttering. Too many objects on the kitchen counter will make counter space seem sparse. Clothes and miscellany piled up on beds and other flat surfaces might give the impression there isn’t enough storage space. Overall, clutter scattered throughout your house will detract from the home itself, and potential buyers will have a harder time envisioning themselves living there.


Sometimes the best layout for living in and using a room is not the most visually appealing. When preparing to sell your home, take a step back and look at each room from an aesthetic perspective. Is your living room or bedroom layout functional but unattractive? The goal is not practicality. Instead, think about form over function when staging your home.

You don’t always need to buy new furniture or décor. You can use what you have but in a different way. Try flipping the living room sofa to face the other direction, pulling furniture away from the wall, or rotating chairs around the room until you land on the ideal placement.


Plants work wonders for the ambiance of any room. Adding greenery to a bookshelf, tabletop, or corner brings visual interest and a homey feeling to the space. Don’t forget to consider your exterior spaces, too. Make sure your front yard is neatly landscaped, as this is the first impression potential buyers will have of your home. A good backyard can be a selling point, so make the most of what your property offers by making it presentable and giving viewers a glimpse at what their life could be like in the home.

Chapel Hill Realty Group knows that successful home staging can make a big difference for both buyers and sellers. Contact us online or call (919) 942-4149 today to find out how we can help you prepare your home.