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The San Jose real estate market is booming, but if you’re thinking about selling your house, knowing how to properly stage your home can make all the difference. Properly staging a home will maximize its space and possibly even increase resale value by drumming up competing bids. If you’re on a budget with your home sale, the good news is that with a little bit of guidance, you can stage your own home with excellent results.

Simplify and Declutter

Perhaps the most important step you’ll take during the staging process is that of decluttering your home as much as possible to help play up the square footage. Otherwise, even a large home can appear small and cramped if each room is cluttered with furniture and belongings.

It’s especially important to clean out and declutter closets, as San Jose buyers will be looking for homes with ample storage space. In the meantime, renting out a storage unit and using it to store your extra furniture and belongings can be a wonderful temporary option for decluttering your home. 

Brighten Up Dark Spaces

No matter how beautiful your home is, there’s a good chance that it has at least a few spaces that lack natural light. Whether this be a hallway or even a bathroom without any windows, dark spaces can bring down the mood of your home and leave prospective buyers less than impressed. 

Fortunately, this is an easy fix, as there are many ways to go about brightening up an otherwise dark space. Consider adding reflective surfaces, such as mirrors and metallic decor, to reflect and add more light to any space. Mirrors can also be a great way to create the illusion of more space in even the smallest of rooms.

Help Buyers Envision It

The goal of home staging is to help home buyers envision themselves living in your home. For this reason, it’s important to get rid of any personal photos, decor, or other items that would prevent that from happening. After all, how is a buyer supposed to imagine themselves living in your home if there are pictures of your family all over the walls? Instead, replace these photos with neutral decor, such as framed pieces of art work. Your personal mementos can always go into storage until your home sells.

Hide Signs of Pets

You love your pet like family and can’t imagine life without your furry companion, but it’s important to realize that not all prospective homeowners are pet people. Therefore, they may actually be turned off by those dog food dishes in the kitchen or that kitty litter box in your office. When scheduling a home showing, it’s in your best interests to remove all signs of pets, if possible. This means not only putting away the litter box and dog food, but possibly even temporarily removing your pets from the home. If possible, bring them with you to a friend’s house or to a local pet daycare.

Don’t Forget the Exterior

Last but not least, don’t forget the important of staging not just the inside of your home, but the outside as well. After all, a prospective buyer’s first impression of your home is from the outside. Be sure to make your home’s exterior look as inviting as possible by adding a welcome mat and doing a little bit of landscaping. You might even want to consider having your home power washed.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to successful home staging without the help of a professional! And remember, if you’re in need of storage rental, contact us today.