One of the things you have to do when you are selling your house is to make sure that other people can see it. That's why you have viewings and open houses. The purpose of those things is to not only make sure that other people can see your house but that they can imagine themselves in it. You can't provide them with a completely blank canvas, because you still have to live in your house, but there are ways that you can make it easier for people to see themselves in your house. Staging can do that. 


Staging is like set design. You are creating a space that is going to evoke a certain feeling and will look a certain way. You want to make sure that when someone sees your space, it doesn't feel sterile, but feels homey, while still being a place where they can imagine their own family living. It can be a tricky line to walk. Your realtor can help you or you can hire a staging expert to help you if you don't think that you can do it on your own. However, there are some easy ways to start staging your house. 

Put Away the Photos

You may love to have your walls covered in art and pictures, but that can be very distracting for people who are coming into your house to try to buy it. You don't want to have completely bare walls because that would make your house look like a hotel, but you do want to limit how many things you have hanging on your walls. Instead of having a lot of pictures in every room, you may want to put just one or two pictures of family or favorite landscapes per room. Enough to give it personality, but not enough to overwhelm anyone. If you have a child who has put posters on their walls or other hangings, you will also want to have them take those things down. They don't have to be without their posters altogether though. There are inexpensive poster frames that you can purchase that will allow you to hang the poster back up without having it be taped or pinned to the wall. They still have their poster, and it looks a little neater. 

If you are getting ready to sell your house, it needs to be properly staged so that people see themselves living in it.