When staging a home for potential buyers, it is important to create an environment that is comfortable, while still showing off some light personal tastes. The task of creating a model-esque home may seem daunting, but here are a few simple tenants used by professionals that help to ensure a great viewing experience.

1. Curb Appeal is Everything

The first thing any potential buyer will see when arriving is the outside of the home and the surrounding land. It is also the first thing they see when finding a listing online. It is imperative that they are given a first impression that draws them inside of the house, rather than turns them away. A freshly mowed lawn is an easy step that enhances the look of any home, and a clean, well-lit porch is another way to ensure that your guests enter your home with a positive attitude. If the space permits, porch chairs and other accents can make very welcoming additions.

2. Remove any Unnecessary Clutter

Now that your guests have entered, it is important that they are clearly able to see themselves living in the home. Unnecessary personal clutter distracts the viewer, preventing any significant level of imagination on behalf of the guest. While ‘clutter’ often means treasured personal mementos, numerous personal photographs and the like, it can also mean excessive wall art and table dressings. It is okay to stick with a few statement pieces, but they should never be anything excessively personable.

3. Proper Home Lighting

A final tip that can make any home look like a professional model is proper lighting. While natural light from outdoors is preferable, it may be necessary to artificially enhance your rooms with higher wattage bulbs and more effective light fixtures. HGTV recommends 100 watts of lighting for every 50 square feet of space. A well-lit room gives the illusion of more space, along with providing guests with an area that is both comfortable and welcoming.

Staging a home can be an incredibly daunting task. While professionals on real estate shows make it look like easy work, deciding how to arrange a home for potential buyers can be a stressful process. Though not an all-encompassing list, the tips listed above can go a long way in providing visitors with an experience that will make them eager to write an offer.