Moving? Stage Your Home So Buyers Can’t Resist

Are you preparing for a residential move? Staging your home to sell is an art. When you create a look that entices potential buyers, it’s easier getting offers on your home. While working with a professional for staging your home is one option, there are plenty of ways to stage your home on your own. 

Take a look at these tips for creating the looks that buyers want.

Get Rid of the Clutter

A clean home is a happy home. Potential buyers will love seeing your home when it is free of clutter. 

Minimize or eliminate distractions that might take buyers’ focus away from the positive elements of the house. Remove as many personal items as possible. Get an early jump on packing by packing up things like family photos, large collections on display such as trophies, as well as unusual decor.

Potential buyers will be able to envision it as their own functional space when you eliminate your own personality from the home.

If you’re a pack-rat with overstuffed closets, clear those out as well. An overstuffed closet might be interpreted as a house without enough storage. The same idea applies to garages, basements, laundry rooms, and storage areas. Eliminate the excess so that your home looks big and inviting. 

When potential buyers see that you keep your home free of mess, they’ll be impressed that the place has been well taken care of. Simply taking an hour or two to clear up all clutter in your home can be one of the biggest changes you can make to draw in potential buyers.

Do a Deep Cleaning and a Little Fixing

While decluttering, take the opportunity also to do a thorough cleaning. Scrub and polish each area of your home from top to bottom to make it shine.

Clean the tile in the bathrooms and kitchen. Make sure to eliminate all cobwebs and dust bunnies. Clean the baseboards and remove smudges from walls, doors, mirrors, and windows.

Now is the ideal time to fix those small items you’ve had on your “to-do” list but haven’t gotten to. Regrout or replace any chipped or broken tiles. Repair cracks and holes in the walls. Consider touching-up and painting any areas that are worn, like doors and high traffic areas.  

A clean and well-maintained home shows potential buyers that you have taken excellent care of the property.

Let The Light In – Literally

The chances are that your potential buyers are looking for a home that’s light and bright, so you’ll want to do all you can to bring light into your home. 

Open all curtains and blinds, and strategically place some mirrors around your home to reflect light into dark areas. Your realtor can help you with strategic placement. If it’s cloudy outside on the day of your showing or open house, strategically placed lamps can add a warm glow that makes the home feel more inviting.

Clear Out Non-Essential Furniture

While it may sound odd, removing some furniture from your house can make it more appealing to potential buyers. You don’t want the furniture to crowd your rooms. Instead, you want them to feel spacious. This might be challenging if you’re still living in your home. Renting a storage unit for a few of the non-essential pieces of furniture can help give your home an open and roomy feel.

Rearrange Furniture

When you’ve gotten rid of non-essential furniture, rearrange the rest of the furniture away from the walls. This creates an open and inviting space and allows your guests to imagine themselves relaxing with family. Think about the cozy furniture in a coffee shop — that’s the look you’re after when you stage your furniture.

Add Some Extras

Think about what would wow you if you walked into a nice hotel room. Welcoming folded towels in the bathrooms, fresh flowers on the kitchen table, and bowls of fresh fruit strategically placed around the home can go a long way to impress.

Freshly baked cookies and clean linens also add inviting smells to your home.

Staging it Right

Properly staging your home can make or break a sale. You must take the time necessary to make your home appealing. Be sure to chat with your realtor about any specific tips they have for boosting your home’s appeal.Need help planning your residential move? Contact us for more information.

What to Expect with a Full-Service Move

If you are moving soon, chances are you are prepping for your move and reviewing your moving options. 

Using a full-service moving company is a brand new experience for those who have only completed do-it-yourself moves in the past. If you are weighing the alternatives, you may be unsure of what to expect.

Let’s take a look at what to expect when you utilize the services of a full service moving company.

Full-Service Moving

A full-service move means the moving company handles all the heavy lifting related to your move from beginning to end. Full-service moving is ideal for those who aren’t able or don’t want to deal with the physical challenges of a move, like packing, unpacking, loading, unloading, and driving the truck. Full-service moves are also excellent for people who prefer not to manage the details of moving on their own.

Moving companies that provide full-service moving packages save you stress and hassle as well as time and money. By delegating the time-consuming details of your move, you can concentrate on your day-to-day responsibilities leading up to your relocation. 

Typically full-service moves include:

  • A personal move coordinator to handle the details
  • Qualified drivers and equipment
  • Loading, transporting, and unloading of household belongings
  • Full Value Protection
  • Standard transportation of appliances (excluding service, disconnect, and reconnect)
  • Disassembly and reassembly of bed frames
  • Furniture placement

Additional Moving Options

Check for ways to customize your moving experience when reviewing moving companies. Depending on your needs, these extra options will make your moving experience that much smoother!

Here are some additional options that excellent full-service moving companies also offer.

Packing and Unpacking

Without a doubt, your daily life is hectic, and even more so now that you are moving. If you find that you are too overwhelmed or don’t have the time or energy to pack your entire house, look for a packing and unpacking option from your residential moving company.

Professional movers are systematic and organized about packing. They will ensure that your belongings are packed, protected, and safe for the move. They’ll go room to room and box up your items, dismantle any furniture that needs to be taken apart, and even take your artwork off the walls.

Handling Special Items

Sometimes there are belongings in your home that require more than just a standard packing job. Make sure that your valued items make it to your new house intact.

If you have fragile items that need special attention — from artwork to antiques or heirlooms to wine collections — inquire about special or custom crating or handling of these things. A full-service moving company can create a custom crate or another custom packaging to get them there.


You may have a unique moving situation. Perhaps you sold your house faster than expected, and you are still searching for your next dream home. You may be in a situation where you need to store your belongings in the interim.  

Full-service movers provide short-term and long-term storage options so that you can stash your belongings until you are ready.

On the Move

The best residential moving companies offer optional moving services in addition to their basic package. Look for one that is well-equipped to assist you with all aspects of your move. These customized services might be your key to a successful, smooth move. 

If you are planning your move and are looking at full-service movers, contact us for a virtual survey today.