The 10 Staging Tips You Need to Know

Let's face it—the Triangle has one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. Want to make sure your home stands out in a sea of listings? Here are the 10 most important tips to follow as you stage your Raleigh area home.

The Exterior

First impressions matter...especially when you're selling your home! No matter how beautiful your place is on the inside, it's crucial to impress buyers from the get-go by adding plenty of curb appeal to your exterior!

Create curb appeal

Is your home looking a little dated, dirty, or overgrown? If you really want to wow buyers from the moment they drive up, it's time to get to work. You can start by clearing pathways, powerwashing your house, mowing the lawn, maybe even adding some low-maintenance landscaping.

Showcase your front porch

Your front porch can actually serve as an outdoor living area, which means it's crucial to highlight its best features. Even the smallest porches can help welcome buyers inside, so be sure to sweep away any dirt and debris and add a few warm touches. A welcome mat, wreath, or potted plant can do wonders!

Spruce up outdoor areas

Triangle buyers are looking to embrace an outdoor lifestyle—they really want to be able to relax and enjoy the Carolina blue sky! If you want to enhance your home's outdoor areas, check to make sure your deck, patio, porch, balcony, and yard are all looking their best. Remember...these spaces help sell homes!

Cleaning & Repairs

If you've lived in your home for a while, you probably have at least a few things on your to-do list. However, buyers don't appreciate lingering maintenance projects, excessive repairs, or layers of dust. Here's how you can start prepping your space before your place hits the market.

Tackle any repair projects

Most buyers don't want to do a lot of work when they move into a new home. Unless you're selling as-is, tackle every project before you list...and don't be afraid to enlist the help of a pro.

Declutter and reorganize

We all have a lot of stuff, but that doesn't mean that buyers want to see it. Work room by room and create "keep," "donate," and "throw away" piles to keep yourself organized. If you don't want to part with your things, renting a storage unit might be necessary.

Do a deep clean

Nobody wants to see dirt, dust, grime, mildew, or mold...and some buyers will simply walk out of a home if it's not spotless. Now's the time to break out the cleaning supplies and get to work!

Interior Decor

Now that you've enhanced your curb appeal and tackled all the big problems, you'll want to take some time to focus on your decor. Here are a few ways you can appeal to a wide variety of buyers.


When you're selling your home, you want buyers to be able to picture themselves living there. Getting rid of any personal touches—such as bright colors, family photos, and knick knacks—can help them bring their vision to life!

Create more space

You can change the entire feeling of a room just by moving around the furniture—and it can actually make your home appear bigger. Try eliminating and larger pieces and moving furniture a few feet away from the wall to enhance the space you already have.

The Final Details

Ready to add the real "wow factor" that will make your home stand out? This is the most exciting part of the staging process, so don't be afraid to get creative—just remember to keep things simple, too!

Let the light in

Now is the time to throw back the drapes, open the blinds, and let in tons of natural light. If you have a room that doesn't get much sun, consider adding accent lights and swapping your current light bulbs out for ones with a higher wattage.

Add a touch of nature

If you really want to bring the outdoors inside, you can actually get some decor inspiration from your own backyard. You can never go wrong by adding some fresh cut flowers, arranging a few branches in a decorative vase, or incorporating a natural wreath into your design.

Ready to Take Your Next Steps?

If it's time to list your home, the Triangle Specialists Team is here to make the entire process a breeze. We'll craft a unique selling plan just for you, and we're always on hand to answer all of your questions. If it's time to get started, feel free to drop us a line or check out some of our exclusive resources below.

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