Expert Staging Tips

That Will Wow Your Buyers

You don't need to invest thousands of dollars to transform your home. A little home staging and professional photography can go a long way, especially if you want to sell for more money. Discover how to boost your home's appeal.

The Exterior

If the outside of your home looks stunning, buyers won't be able to resist seeing what it's like inside. Create a show-stopping first impression by spending a lot of time perfecting your home's exterior. The goal for staging the exterior is to create a sense of welcoming, especially for potential buyers driving by your home!

An outdoor entertainment deck with furniture.

Create Curb Appeal

Powerwash your siding and driveway, mow the lawn, weed or prune the garden, or plant some bright flowers. (Need to contact a local lawn service or professional pressure washer? We're happy to give you recommendations — call us at 919-810-2203 or 919-810-2188.) Be sure to pay attention to the little things, too; make sure that your windows are squeaky clean, your house numbers are polished, and your mailbox looks attractive.

Show Buyers the Door

We mean this literally. Since the front door is the focal point of your home, attract buyers' attentions with a tastefully decorated door and porch. Keep in mind that buyers may drive by your home at night, so make sure you have adequate lighting around the entryway. You may also want to buy a new welcome mat, add a pot of bright flowers, or replace the hardware on your front door.

Don't Ignore the Backyard

During showings, buyers will take a look at everything, and that includes your yard and outdoor entertaining spaces. Whether you have a large backyard or a cozy balcony, your outdoor areas should be just as inviting as the front of your home. Add outdoor patio furniture, clear leaves and branches from the lawn, or even install a hammock or fire pit to allow potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home.

The Interior: Cleaning and Repairs

Once your house looks like an HGTV dream home, bring the same "wow" factor inside. But before you start turning to decorating ideas on Pinterest, take some time to address any lingering repair projects, cluttered spaces, or other maintenance issues.

A fireplace mantle that is tastefully decorated. 

Finish What You Started

Most home buyers don't expect million-dollar renovations, but they do expect your home to be in great condition. Nothing is more intimidating to a buyer than walking into an incomplete project! If you have any lingering renovations, additions, or improvements, finish them before listing your home. We're always happy to provide recommendations for local contractors — just call us at 919-810-2203 or 919-810-2188.

Tackle the "Junk Drawer"

Most homes tend to accumulate clutter in certain spaces, such as kitchen drawers, tops of closets, and attics or basements. Take some time to go through your home and clear out anything that's taking up space or making your rooms appear cramped, crowded, or dirty. You may also want to consider donating clothes, partially emptying your closets and cabinets, and storing bulky furniture to make the well-used spaces in your home look larger. A clean, decluttered, and spacious home will look marvelous in professional listing photos.


It's your home's time to shine! Focus your deep-cleaning efforts into those hard-to-reach places, as well as the nooks and crannies in your kitchen and bathrooms. If you have a pet, you may want to steam clean your rugs or add some type of fragrance, such as soft-scented candles or potpourri, to mask pet odors. Not a fan of cleaning? Hire a professional. Give us a call at 919-810-2203 or 919-810-2188 and we can provide you with recommendations.

The Interior: Show-Stopping Décor

Now that you've created curb appeal and tackled the basics of home staging, it's time to make your home stand apart from the competition. Since you want to appeal to as many buyers as possible, keep your décor neutral and your personal items out of sight. Make it easy for potential buyers to see themselves (and their belongings) in your home.

A kitchen with granite countertops and barstools.

Stay Neutral

Not all home buyers have the same tastes in décor. Instead of opting for bold, bright colors and heirlooms, pick neutral paint colors, wall art, and furniture. You want to show that your home is lived in, but you don't want it to look like you still live there. The idea is to allow buyers to imagine their own décor in your home.

Stay Simple

The placement of couches and chairs can change the whole feel of a room. Your furniture should not overcrowd the room or leave it feeling too open. Floating the furniture away from the walls can actually make rooms feel larger and create a cozy, conversational feel.

Go with a Pro

Not sure which paint colors, furniture arrangements, or decorations will highlight your home's strengths? That's okay — The Results Team is here to help! We understand how worthwhile home staging and curb appeal are when selling a home in Raleigh and the Triangle, so we offer professional home staging and professional photography as part of our marketing plan.

Your Home Deserves to Show Off

Preparing for a home sale can seem overwhelming, but we're here to make things simpler. As a service to our clients, we offer home staging and professional photography in our marketing plan. This allows our sellers to focus on what matters most: finding their next home. Contact us today to learn more about how we will market your home to Triangle-area buyers.