When you are in the market to sell your home, you want to ensure that it looks its very best. However, it is important to understand that what you think makes your home look appealing may actually be driving potential buyers away.

There is great impetus to learn the ins-and-outs of proper home staging. According to Moving.com, almost 40% of sellers’ agents say that effective home staging decreases the amount of time that a house sits on the market.

What do I need to do to home stage effectively?

The first thing that you want to do is depersonalize the entire house. You want a potential buyer to step into your home and see themselves living in it, not you living in it. Essentially, you are going to want to remove all personal touches that you have added to the home.

These personal touches include things like family photographs. Make sure to remove them not only from the walls, but also from places like the refrigerator. The bathroom should also be clear of any personal lotions and potions that you use. Additionally, if you happen to have religious paraphernalia hanging in your home of any type, it is best practice to remove it.

Do I need to stage the whole house?

The good news is that you do not need to depersonalize your entire home. The most important rooms to stage are the master bedroom and bath, living room and kitchen. This means that any children’s bedrooms can be completely personalized and untouched. If you have an office space or any guest bedrooms, these are also less of a concern.