Preparing your house for selling can be a daunting and overwhelming task whether you have lived in your home a few years or many. The longer you have lived in your home the more things you will have acquired. The intent of this Top Tips for Successful Home Staging is to help you save TIME, MONEY and ENERGY.

In preparing your house for selling on the Sunshine Coast you need to take a step back and have the mind set that this is no longer your home but your investment for your future. You want your home to have broad buyer appeal to your target market. Following these Tips for Successful Home Staging will help you sell your house sooner and possibly for more money than if you did not prepare it for selling! Remember most people want to move into their new home without having to make updates to it.
Curb Appeal
Stand back and view your home as if you were seeing it for the first time. This is the ‘first impression’ stage. Depending on the season you may want to have pots of colourful and attractive flowers to greet buyers; a clean and inviting door mat; new and shiny door handles and/or knockers; a freshly painted door.

Start your pre-pack as soon as possible. You need to decide what you are going to keep, give away, sell or throw away/recycle. Many clients will rent storage lockers or have pods delivered so they can start to clear out what is not going to make the house look good.

You would think this one is common sense but let me assure you, I wish it was so! A clean home translates into ‘They must have really cared for their home.” Use environmentally friendly cleaners where you can, for hard cleaning areas tsp is a good product. Bathrooms and kitchens must be sparkling clean at the very least.

We know you love your family photos and your personal treasures and for living they are perfect. For selling pack them up carefully so you can showcase them in your new home. For selling you want buyers to focus on the best features of your home and not your personal things or collections.

Neutral Color Scheme
Choose only 3 colors or less to paint your house for selling. If you have an open floor plan then paint the main floor all the same color. Bedrooms look good in light taupe's or warm greys. I personally have picked out many colors of paint and would be happy to give opinions and even help paint to get the job done or contact an interior designer to help you with your paint color decisions. 
Highlight your home’s best architectural features
Place your furniture in each room so that you have very obvious focal points that show off the home’s best selling features. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace then place the furniture in a parallel grouping so that the eye is drawn to the fireplace.

Decide on the function in each room
If you were using your guest bedroom as your den for living, for selling turn it back
into a bedroom with bedroom furniture in it. If you do not have the right furniture for each room, talk with me and I will see what we can come up with. My goals are purchase enough furniture to be able to stage for clients as an added bonus to my services so don't hesitate to ask!

Lighting your home to its best advantage
Spend money on new light fixtures and LED light bulbs. There are many low-cost lighting stores to select from with the internet so no excuses for having dated light fixtures and dark rooms.

Window treatments that sell your home
The most popular on the market are the 2” faux woods in a white tone to go with your trim. Decorative side panels will do the trick if you need to add warmth and color which you can get for cheap at any bargain shop.

Flooring needs special attention and is a good investment for updating the look of your home. Tile or linoleum is great for entrance ways, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms; a good quality laminate or hardwood is perfect for living rooms and family rooms; bedrooms are attractive in a neutral carpet. Remember that the vast majority of prospective buyers have already looked at your listing on the internet. Will they be just as impressed in person as they were looking at the photos.. Happy Selling!