If you are looking to sell your house quickly and for a good price, you will absolutely want to make sure visitors have a good impression. One of the things which is frequently talked about is curb appeal: making sure you have good landscaping, a fresh paint job, and no detritus lying about. However, another important thing to do when looking to sell is to stage the house in a way that will be appealing to the potential buyer.

If you are moving out well before you hope to sell, this can be easy. Many companies offer furniture rentals for staging purposes, and most realtors will have a good idea of where to look to get a good deal here. However, it is important not to skimp on this. The reality is, the more a buyer loves the house, the more they will be willing to shell out to ensure that they get the property. Just as you might shower, put on makeup, or dress up well before going on a date or to an important meeting, your house should similarly be looking its best. Humans are irrational creatures, and if you can make them fall in love, they will overlook all kinds of problems.

However, if you will not be moved out while the house is showing, you will need to be very thoughtful in how you go about showing the house. It may still be worth your time to rent at least some furniture and décor, just to spruce up areas which may be optimized for living in rather than presenting. Just as food advertisers use all sorts of tricks to make a burger look delicious in a photo, a skilled home seller can make your home look appealing to a buyer. And, just as those advertisers do things to the burger which might make it less edible, such as applying makeup, you may need to make some adjustments to how your furniture is arranged, even if this is less pleasant for you. The end goal is to get you out of the house as quickly as possible, for the best price that people will offer. A month of two of mild discomfort is easily worth a quick sale for a good price. Soon you will be living in your new home, and maybe you can use some of that cash to improve your comfort there.