How to Stage a Beach House: Advice for Sellers


Staging your beach home is essential if you want to sell quickly and at the right price – but where do you start?

This guide outlines ten great ways to stage a beach house that can make it irresistible to prospective buyers.

Think you know how to stage a beach house? Make sure you’re hitting all ten of these tips and your home will be in great shape.


1. Make a Great First Impression

When prospective buyers pull up at the curb, they’re forming an impression – and it’s your job to make sure it’s a good one.

What to do:

  • Freshen the paint on the front door
  • Power-wash the sidewalk and driveway
  • Put up new house numbers
  • Make sure the lawn is trimmed and vegetation is pruned.

2. Declutter

If you haven’t used something in more than 6 months, or if it makes its surroundings look small or cluttered, get rid of it.

What to do:

  • Remove half your kitchen equipment
  • Take out furniture that interrupts traffic flow
  • Put away papers and trinkets that contribute to the clutter

3. Depersonalize

Buyers don’t want to see your house like you live there; they want to envision themselves living there.

What to do:

  • Take down personal photos and eclectic décor
  • Put away paperwork, bills and other personal effects

4. Clean and Deodorize

Prospective buyers want a house that’s easy to keep clean, so it’s worth hiring a professional cleaning crew before you list. That way, all you have to do is maintain it while it’s on the market.

What to do:

  • Clean out cupboards, pantries and drawers (buyers will look!)
  • Deodorize carpets and furniture with baking soda, odor removers or through professional cleaning
  • Open the windows and let the fresh ocean breezes usher out old odors

5. Take Care of Odds and Ends

Fix everything that needs attention, including dripping faucets, degraded caulking and iffy window seals.

What to do:

  • Go through each room with your 30A Realtor® and look for things that need to be repaired
  • Hire a contractor if you can’t perform repairs yourself

6. Paint the Right Stuff

Open, airy and light – that’s what buyers want, which means your paint needs to be fresh and contribute to the right look. Get rid of dark colors and wallpaper, which can be turn-offs for buyers.

What to do:

  • Hire a professional painter for your home’s interior

7. Cut Back On Your Furniture

Buyers want to see that their furniture will fit into your space, so make each room look as large and open as possible by removing excess furniture. Stagers typically recommend removing at least half of what you have.

What to do:

  • Take out extra chairs that don’t contribute to aesthetics
  • Remove extra end tables, desks and other surfaces
  • Store furniture that’s seen better days

8. Lighten and Brighten

The more light you can let in, the better – it gives prospective buyers a sense of cheeriness throughout the house that they won’t get otherwise. While you’re at it, turn on all the interior lights before a showing.

What to do:

  • Wash windows, inside and out
  • Replace all your existing bulbs with bright (and preferably dimmable) LEDs
  • Add lamps to dark corners
  • Place mirrors across from windows

9. Bring the Outside In

Give your guests a breath of fresh air – literally – by bringing in live plants or fresh-cut flowers, which contribute to a home’s overall ambiance.

What to do:

  • Choose low-maintenance plants, like spider plant or peace lily
  • Buy fresh-cut flowers and a beautiful vase to display them on your kitchen counter, mantel or bathroom windowsill

10. Make People Feel Welcome

When your prospective buyers are touring homes, yours isn’t the only one they’ll see. Make it memorable for them and they’ll give your beach house extra consideration later.

What to do:

  • Put a basket of cold, bottled water near the door
  • Place a tray of wrapped snacks, freshly baked cookies or a dish of wrapped candy on the table

Ready to Stage Your Beach Home?

The right staging techniques can work wonders when it comes to selling your home. Now that you know how to stage a beach house properly, take the next step by contacting a reliable local realtor that can help you do what it takes to sell quickly and at the right price.

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