A recent article on the Houselogic website identified seven tips for staging a home that will boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process. We thought we’d share them with you today in a condensed format.

Clean the slate. Before you worry about where to place furniture and accessories, do a thorough cleaning and make sure all the rooms look spotless!

Clear out clutter. Pack up your personal decorations such as photos and collectibles. However, leave accent pieces on important visual points such as mantles and coffee tables.

Fewer furnishings. Remove one or two pieces of furniture from each room so that rooms appear larger.

Go with the flow. Showcase the flow of rooms by arranging the furniture to guide potential buyers from one room to another.

Add a pop of color. While neutral colors are always recommended when selling, a vibrant throw or accent pillows will brighten any room. Also, add high-wattage bulbs in darker areas of the home.

Set a scene. Thoughtful touches will make a house feel homey. Add logs to the fireplace, set the dining room table, place fancy soaps in the bathroom, etc.

Make a grand entrance. The first impression is the most important. Mow the lawn, trim hedges, and add a new doormat or seasonal wreath to make all visitors feel welcome!