Real Life Spaces :: Jessica's DIY Staging SOLD Her Home

I was so excited when I got this email from one of my blog reader/friends, Jessica, that read:

"My name is Jessi and I came across your blog a while ago while looking for staging tips for my home – 
we put it up for sale about a month ago and officially sold it last week (woo hoo!). "

It really makes my day, week, month, year, when I hear from you telling me that 
something I have shared has helped or blessed you!

So, let's hear Jessi's story about Do It Yourself Staging, take it away, girl:

DIY Home Staging

When we began the adventure of selling our home, we had no idea what we were getting into. 
Putting your house on the market is one of those things that forces you to learn by doing, 
especially when you decide sell privately. 
I work in the DIY industry (as a Community Coordinator for this repair and parts site), 
so taking matters into my own hands was a no-brainer, but I definitely needed all the help I could get. 

Coming across Leslie’s blog in a mad search for staging tips was a Godsend 
and I kept her advice in mind every step of the way. 
I am proud to say we officially sold our home two weeks ago 
and I couldn’t have done it without her help. Here is what we did!


"Clean the bathroom till it looks like new. 
Tiles, grout, switch plates, air vent covers 
(these are usually rusty- remove, clean, and spray paint them glossy white)."
I’m a clean person and the house is only 6 years old, 
but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have my work cut out for me. 
I spent hours scrubbing the grout on my hands and knees, 
replacing the discolored caulking around the faucets and touching up the door and walls. 
Our bathroom also boasts a skylight, which is a nice feature for a bathroom but a huge pain to clean 
– (aka: we didn’t do it once, eek). 
A ladder, some elbow grease and a quick coat of paint had it looking like new. 
Over the four years that we owned this home, the whole bathroom went through some pretty big changes, and I was confident the end result would help us sell.

“A table lamp for lighting and a vase for flowers is very important."

Our little split-entry home doesn’t have much in the way of a foyer. 
That said, I was sure to make sure that the entry way was clear of clutter, 
clean and welcoming for potential buyers. 
I removed our shoe rack and the ugly mat we’d used for winter footwear, 
and replaced them with one small table and a sweet little plant and flower arrangement. 
Doing this really helped open up an otherwise tiny space 
and the greenery added some much-needed character.

"The kitchen, to many people, is THE most important space in the home.
If this room is staged right, it will absolutely impact the buyers
and generate many offers on a home for sale.
What are people looking for, you ask?
The same things YOU would be looking for in a kitchen:
Warmth, efficiency, cleanliness, organization, neutral tones, updated features."

Like the rest of our house, our kitchen is pretty tiny, but it gets a lot of afternoon sunlight 
and the white cabinets are a nice selling feature. 
One of the major reasons we decided to sell was because we needed more kitchen, 
which was obvious by the amount of stuff we had on our counters. 
To make sure ‘small’ wasn’t the first thing a buyer thought when walking into the kitchen, 
we took almost everything except the coffee pot off the counter 
and totally de-cluttered the cupboards, (this picture was taken just before we hid those items). 
We tried to schedule showings between 4 and 6 pm, so that the beautiful sun would be shining directly in, 
and I always placed fresh flowers on the island or kitchen table.

“Remove extra furniture, personal items (pictures/books/art), unhealthy or excess plants, heavy window treatments (or at least pull them to the sides of the windows), from the room.”

We removed an area rug, two coffee tables, an end-table, a deep-freezer 
and a few dying plants from our TV room. I had no idea how much excess we had in there until it was gone. Here is an after shot of the room from our listing:

“Always, always, always make sure there are alternative lighting sources besides 
the light on the ceiling or ceiling fan. Keep them on for showings.”

Even though we tried to organize most of our showings for the afternoon, 
we still made sure the bedroom was bright and inviting by leaving the lamp on beside the bed, 
opening up the curtains and lighting an unscented candle for ambiance. 
When we originally decided to sell, our bedroom was in quite the state and we knew 
it would need some work to make it more appealing. 
I painted the dark walls a light gray, purchased a new bedspread, curtains and some accessory pillows. Although we didn’t have a tray for the bed like Leslie suggests, 
I did place a blanket in the corner to add to the room. 
Don’t worry, the dog bed was removed for the listing pictures and hidden away for every showing.

Total, we had eight showings and sold our home twelve days after officially listing it. 
The actual process of cleaning, completing minor repairs and updates 
and getting ourselves ready, really took around 6 months though. 

Putting your house on the market is no easy task, but by educating ourselves 
and paying attention to what I learned by reading Leslie’s blog and others, 
we went into it feeling positive and confident. 

I know most of you are already sold on just how well home staging can work 
– I’m just living proof!
Cheers to happy homes!

Love, Jessi


Thank you, Jessi, for taking the time to write and take pictures!
You blessed my heart!

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  1. Wow! Looks great. How exciting to receive an email like that.

  2. Great post and super ideas. Hugs, Marty

  3. Great ideas, Leslie. So glad that fellow blogger sold her home, too. You are always very helpful to others. What a wonderful trait that is! Susan

  4. What a fantastic and timely post. I'll be using all of this information when we put our house on the market later this month. Thanks to you both for sharing!

  5. I am SOOO excited about this post! We are just about to put our house on the market-in perhaps a week! Thank you for sharing your tips and wisdom. I'm going to follow your advice and I'll let you know how it all goes.

  6. I love what she did to the bathroom! Looks very different, in a very cool way, from the old interior design. And great tips by the way!


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