DIY Home Staging: Borrow Professional Strategies to Sell Your Home Fast

Posted in: I'm Moving, Buying & Selling a Home

by John Donegan

When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to remove all clutter and personal items so that your home feels spacious and inviting to potential buyers. By using an online storage finder, you can quickly locate a self-storage unit to hide family portraits, excess furniture and the unsightly snow globe collection (no offense).

With the professional home stagers charging around $2 per square foot, home staging – the art of preparing a home to be viewed by potential buyers – can get expensive very quickly.  Depending on the size of your home and the number of rooms staged, professional home staging can cost thousands of dollars.  It’s no wonder that so many sellers borrow tips from the pros and stage their homes themselves. Here are 10 tips from home staging pros to help you sell your home fast.


  1. Use self-storage. Many home sellers think hiding items in the attic, basement or garage is a viable alternative to a self-storage unit, but this strategy will backfire when potential buyers ask to see these parts of the home.
  2. Replace all personal items with generic items. Swap those bowling trophies for a vase of flowers, and make sure that all embroidered towels, family pictures, and children’s drawings are out of sight as well.
  3. Remove all personal hygiene items from the bathrooms. When staging your bathrooms, think about the items you might find in a hotel bathroom. Plants and soap baskets tend to work well.
  4. Fix all running toilets. You don’t want to flush away those profits.
  5. Grind a lemon in the garbage disposal. This is a cheap and effective way to mask unpleasant smells.
  6. Invest in artwork. When shopping for artwork, think about the type of art you would see in a model home. Also, be sure to purchase something that you’d like to see in your new home!
  7. Keep the master bedroom gender-neutral. Be sure to remove any features that seem too gender-specific. Use a neutral paint on the walls and choose bedding that matches.
  8. Stage each room with a single purpose. You don’t want a treadmill in the same room as a work desk. In fact, you probably want to put that treadmill in your self-storage unit.
  9. Bring as much natural light into the home as possible. You can never have enough sunlight.
  10. Ask family and friends for advice and honest feedback. Whether they realize it or not, most homeowners are too connected to their homes to remain objective.

John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.

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