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Spring Cleaning and Home Staging Tips for a Quick Sale

Is your home ready for the spring market?

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The idea of conducting a spring cleaning in order to put your house on the market shifts the focus from “livability” to “sellability.” Spring is an ideal time to stage a house. As winter ends and the snow clears, signs spring up in front lawns and buyers  come out in force. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind in order to stage your home in preparation for the surge of homebuyers right around the corner.

Plan First

Before you pick up a paintbrush or hammer, make sure to take the time to plan your course of action. For example, it can be wise to set a budget so that your repair costs don’t balloon out of control. It can also help to spend time researching the decorative trends that are popular at the moment. While they may not line up with your own individual tastes, incorporating these into your spaces as you go can do wonders when it comes to increasing the sellability of your home.

It is wise to take the time to measure out the size of your rooms and identify focal points to center each room around, such as a couch, coffee table, fireplace, or countertop. Work with the color, patterns, style, and technique in order to create a coherent, comfortable flow to each room.


Take the time to declutter your home before staging it. The KonMari method has been very popular in recent months due to its simplified approach to living spaces. Homeowners hoping to stage their homes after a winter spent indoors should adopt the KonMari or a similar minimalist cleaning method in order to clear out excess items that can tend to bring a feeling of disorganized confusion to a living space.


The importance of curb appeal in selling a home cannot be understated. It sets the initial expectations of prospective buyers as it is the first opportunity to hit them with the “wow” factor. That makes landscaping one of the most critical steps in staging a house.

Along with obvious elements like mowing and trimming the lawn, gardens should be carefully tended to, the driveway should be weeded and patched, if possible. Doors and windows should be cleaned, the exterior of the home, in general, should be pressure washed, and the roof should be checked for any missing or damaged shingles that need to be patched, as well. In addition, worn items like welcome mats and flags should be replaced.

Check the Basics

Next up, it’s important to take the extra step of reviewing all of your home’s amenities and appliances. Check carpets and flooring for wear. Ensure that toilets, sinks, and other water fixtures are all working and that no leaks are present. Light fixtures and electric lines should also all be functioning, and fire and carbon monoxide alarms should be both operative and equipped with fresh batteries.

Brightening Your Interior

Light and bright is ideal for selling a home. One of the key ways to do this is to repaint any rooms that require it. Keep the look simple by sticking to whites or neutral colors. This is also a good time to repair walls with any cracks, nail holes, etc.

Once your space is painted in lighter tones, the brightening process can continue via things like carefully selected and framed pictures, photo albums, and other decor along with sticking to a minimalist approach.

Decorate According to the Current Trends

IKEA’s guide to 2019 interior trends includes three primary categories:

  • Methodical Monochrome: An approach that relies on a stark, black and white focus that is both bold and retro.
  • Maximalist Scandi: This one brings a bright, colorful new twist to the popular concept of Scandinavian minimalism. It’s the definition of clean yet busy.
  • Rustic Coasts: The sea will always find a place in design. This year’s take comes with an azure, British inspired, coastal elegance.

Of course, these are just three of the numerous different styles and color palettes. Here is a list of 10 more styles trending in the spring of 2019. From paint to rugs, color palettes to picture frames, couches to storage baskets, and so on, find which trend works the best in your home, and incorporate it into your scheme.

Staging in 2019

Spring cleaning with the added pressure of properly staging your home can seem like a daunting task. But, in reality, the springtime is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that cooped up feeling that accompanies an entire winter spent indoors in order to get motivated and start planning. From the foundations to the decorations and everything in between, it’s time to get ready for the 2019 market.

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This article, Spring Cleaning and Home Staging Tips for a Quick Sale, appeared first on Shupilov News.


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