The Four Ds: Top Staging Secrets the Pros Don't Want You to Know

Here at Main Line Homes, we know how complicated selling a home can be. From arranging open houses and showings to negotiating offers and understanding legal contracts, the challenges can seem insurmountable at times. That’s why we’re the Main Line's top-rated realtors — because we do all of this for you, taking the stress and pressure away and giving you the peace of mind that you're getting the best price for your home.

While there are so many components to the home selling process, one that many of us have become familiar with through home-based shows on TV is staging a home. For buyers, it’s an essential part of the process that allows them to better visualize themselves living in your home. Let’s take a look at what our experts say with our 4 Ds of staging a home.


Potential buyers want to move into a house, not your home. Keeping this in mind, you should look at every single detail in your home through a visitor’s eye. Don't have any personal items out, as this can conflict with them visualizing living there. This includes anything from photos to refrigerator art and anything else you think might be a distraction.


Fill the different home of your rooms with potential and define their purpose. This can mean turning your attic into an office space or making your basement a personal gym, entertainment center, or game room. Creating this clear definition and distinction of rooms can help maximize your space and be a significant selling point.


While it’s one of the better-known tenets of home staging, cleaning and decluttering your home cannot be undervalued or underestimated. This doesn’t just mean putting in some elbow grease. You need to remember that homebuyers are easily overwhelmed; so with little clutter, it helps to create a better experience for them, making them more apt to put in an offer on your home.


When it comes to small repairs like a leaky faucet or a missing cabinet knob, the little things really do add up because it can convey the message that your house isn’t well-cared for. With this in mind, take some time to do some do-it-yourself repairs and upgrades around your home to make it more appealing to buyers.


Staging a home can be a fun process, but it’s not one that should be taken lightly because it can truly make or break your sale. For more information on how to properly and effectively stage your home, or to learn more about our listings, contact us today!

Janis Peterson, REALTOR®, GRI, ABR, SRES, CSP
Main Line Homes Luxury Real Estate Agent

Keller Williams Main Line
Suburban Square
6 Coulter Ave 
Ardmore, PA 19003 
Direct: 610-642-3744