Interior designers know that furnishings, fabrics, and decorative touches are what transforms a sterile, empty room into welcoming haven that comforts the body and pleases the eye. Homeowners who are planning to sell their home can use this same information to attract more attention from qualified buyers and enjoy a better home selling experience. If you are planning to sell your home this year, here are three staging tips that can help you accomplish your goal. 

Begin welcoming buyers before they enter the home

Prospective buyers are usually first introduced to a home by viewing an exterior marketing photo or by driving by the home. Home sellers who can provide visual interest on the outside of the home will be more able to make buyers want to see the inside, so it is important to start the staging process outside. 

To do this, make sure that the lawn, sidewalks, drive way, and porch are clean and neat. The next step is to use color to attract the buyer's eye to the porch and entry area of the home. Good ways to do this include: 

  • colorful displays of healthy potted plants or hanging baskets along the porch and beside the door
  • painting the door a welcoming color and making sure that all metal work is polished
  • adding a touch of personality with an eye-catching rug, flag, wreath or decorative statuary 

When decorating these areas, remember that using too many items will create a cluttered appearance, so be careful not to overdo. 

Carry the theme throughout the home

Staging that is limited to just the porch or entry area of the home can leave prospective buyers feeling confused or disillusioned. To avoid this problem and make sure that every buyer finds something to love in each area of the home, sellers must work to make sure that each area is attractively staged. In addition to making sure that each room is clean, pleasingly lit, and free of clutter, sellers should also work to ensure that each one offers a focal point that will attract the buyer's eye, such as a pleasant seating area or furniture grouping. 

Seek professional staging help an interior designer

In most cases, home sellers get just one chance to impress a prospective buyer. Homeowners who have little time to devote to the staging process or those who find themselves faced with a challenging staging problem can rely on a professional home staging service to help them overcome these problems.