Staging Your Home for a Summer Sale: Indoors

If you plan on selling your Mid-Missouri home this summer, you may be thinking about ways to make improvements to your space to help it better appeal to potential buyers.  Many people are looking to buy and sell real estate during the summer months, as the weather is nice and school is out of session. As your team of experienced real estate agents in Eldon, MO, we pride ourselves on helping homeowners prepare their homes for a successful sale. If you're thinking about selling your home near Eldon, MO, it's time to start prepping your space for potential summer buyers!

Deep Clean

Everyone knows that having a clean home not only feels good, but it will appeal to potential buyers.  When it comes time to sell your home, however, you need to be much more thorough when you are cleaning.  Consider setting up a cleaning schedule while your house is on the market – deep cleaning once a week, and tidying up every day.  Potential buyers will be looking at every space in your home, so pay attention to every detail when cleaning.  Clean the baseboards and the grout between tiles, dust the blinds, and wash the windows.  In the hot summer months, don't neglect the ceiling fans.  They should be clean and turned on during an open house.  Clean all the light fixtures, and consider painting the cabinets if they show wear and tear.


A good cleaning also involves de-cluttering.  Consider getting rid of bulky furniture or re-arranging furniture to create a better flow throughout the room.  This will make your space appear less crowded and will make a room feel larger.  Clear off your countertops (especially kitchen counters) as items such as toasters, coffee makers, etc. take up space and crowd the view.  Clearing off counters and table-tops will also create the illusion of more counter space, and will give your entire space a clean and organized feel.   It is important to remember that potential buyers will also be opening drawers, cabinets, and closets, so it is important to declutter these areas as well.  De-cluttering can be one item on your daily list of smaller cleaning tasks.

Organize All Spaces

While keeping the main areas of your home free of clutter is important, keeping your storage spaces organized is just as important when staging your home.  Many potential buyers will look through a cabinet or open a closet door to get a feel for how much storage space is in the home, and what type of storage the home offers.  If your closets are packed full of clutter, a buyer may get the impression that there is not enough storage space in the home.  Consider packing up your closets, cabinets, and drawers as you pack up your personal items.   Remove all non-daily linens, all seasonal clothes, sheets, and accessories from the closets.  Pack up all extra dishware and Tupperware in kitchen cabinets.  By leaving space in your closets and drawers (for example, by leaving closets half full), you will give the impression of there being more storage space throughout the property.


When potential buyers walk through your house they want to be able to envision making it their own living space.  To make this possible, it is best to take down as many personal items as you can.  Your personal belongings can take away from a buyer's experience as it can distract them from seeing the house as their own.  It is best to take down family photographs, keepsakes, and quirky collectibles.  If you have religious or controversial items on display, now is a good time to get those packed away, as well. You don't want a once interested buyer to leave with a bad taste in their mouth due to an item or picture that offended them. Staging should be generic and neutral so potential buyers can picture adding their own personal touches to the space.

A perk of taking down personal items is that it makes for a great chance to get a head start on packing.  It is recommended that you try to pack up each room by about 30%.  Not only will this help you be ahead of the game when it comes time to move, but this will also create a bigger feeling to every room in the house.  If you feel the need, consider renting a storage unit to hold some of your packed items or extra bulky furniture until it comes time for you to move.

Bring the Outside In

Adding natural features in your decorating can help to make your home feel warm and welcoming.  As the weather warms up and fresh flowers are blooming outside, you can brighten your home by bringing a few of them in.  Flowers tend to soften a room, as well as brighten up the otherwise neutral space and keep it smelling fresh.  Additionally, they create a fluid theme that links the inside to the outside.  By putting flowers inside and outside, it creates an illusion of an open floor plan that flows from the front door and out to the backyard or patio.  During the summer months, flowers indoors help to match the outdoors and create a cheery atmosphere within the home.  This shows potential buyers that living in your home will be pleasant.

Keep It Cool

Don’t be afraid to blast the AC when showing your home.  You want potential buyers to feel comfortable, so having the air conditioning working properly in your home is essential.  Buyers will be going in and out of the hot car as they are ushered from one open house to another, so keeping your house cool will make them feel better as soon as they walk in the door.  Providing refreshments such as a pitcher of lemon water or stocking the fridge with cold drinks is also a great way to make buyers feel at home, especially in the summer months.

The housing market is heating up this summer and you don't want to miss out.  Buyers are eager to purchase during the summer, but with many houses on the market, you want to make yours stand out. These are just a few easy ways to prepare your home for the potential buyers that will soon be in your space. When you are ready to sell, contact Devine & Associates and we can help advise you on staging and improvements, get your home listed, and market your property to potential buyers.  Let our experts help you make a summer sale!

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