Staging is all about making your home look great to buyers. There are dozens of tips, tricks, and principles. There are so many, in fact, that it might make sense to get the help of a professional stager. But, if you’re going to do it yourself, here’s some good news.

The principles that have the biggest impact are relatively simple and easy to do:

1. Fix           2. Declutter           3. Clean

As you can see, they’re self-explanatory. Why do they work so well?

Buyers don’t want to see anything in disrepair. For example, no matter how wonderful a kitchen may look, they’ll notice the cracked tiles on the floor. Clutter is also a distraction to buyers and will often make a room seem small and uncomfortable. That’s definitely not the impression you want to make! On the other hand, a clean and decluttered home will let them know you look after your property.

So, when preparing your home for sale, keep these staging principles in mind!