Home Staging – Touching the Senses

One advantage The Tomlin Team offers our listing clients is a Home Staging Consultation to help them know what they can do to get the house in tip-top shape before it hits the market. Whether you are ready to sell your home or just want to get ready for company, read on for tips our Home Marketing Specialist shares on how to use the sensory tools – Light, Color, Sound, and Smell – to create an inviting interior.  A great first impression can be achieved at very little cost with big results.


It is proven that people react more favorably to a property that is light and bright.  The following steps help brighten up a house:
  • Keep windows clean.
  • Use adequate wattage in light bulbs – we prefer a warm color vs. cool color light bulb.
  • Use mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space.
  • Open drapes and blinds during the day.
  • Turn on lights prior to showings or prior to company coming over.
  • During the holidays, create an inviting ambiance by turning on lamps and decorating with candles with scents of the season.


A fundamental rule when selling your house is to keep colors neutral and light.  The following are specific suggestions:
  • Shades of white, off-white, and very light neutrals are the safest choices for the interior.
  • Try to limit bright colors to accents like fresh flowers, towels, area rugs, shower curtains, throws, and accent pillows. A seasonal wreath and doormat at your front door will also create an inviting entrance.
  • Consider hiring a color consultant (a service offered by many paint stores) to coordinate paint choices with counters and flooring colors.


Peace and quiet are some of the best sounds to have when your house is being shown to a prospective buyer, but there are other sound considerations you should be aware of:
  • Avoid barking dogs if at all possible. Make neighbors aware of scheduled showings so that they can monitor their dogs if this is a problem.
  • Avoid sounds of work like vacuums, dishwashers, and lawn mowers.
  • Make sure there are no sounds of mechanical problems like banging on pipes or faulty appliances.
  • Light instrumental music can be effective in creating an upbeat atmosphere.


Smell has more impact than you would expect.  The following concepts of smell can work for you or against you:
  • Start by airing out your home.
  • Pet odors and cigarette smoke are scents that buyers can’t get over. Clean or replace carpet, clean air vents, and repaint if necessary.
  • The smell of newness is positive!  If you have some touch-up painting that needs to be done, don’t hesitate to get started! Painting not only gives walls and cabinets a fresh look, but it also creates that aroma of “new”.
  • The smell of cleanliness is important to the selling environment of your house.  Beyond actually cleaning, citrus cleaners and oils can help create a lasting scent of freshness.  Fresh flowers can also be effective.
  • For a real heart-warming touch, place a dish of vanilla in a warm oven to create the aroma of fresh-baked cookies. During the holidays, simmer mulling spices (available at many grocery stores, Costco, and Williams Sonoma) in a pan of water on the stove. The aroma of cinnamon and spices are sure to bring back special memories of holiday cooking.
Touching the senses is just the first step in creating a home environment that is both welcoming and inviting. In the next few blogs, The Tomlin Team’s Home Marketing Specialist will share specific tips for sprucing up all the living areas in your house.  Even if you weren’t originally planning to sell anytime soon, you might end up with a great real estate offer you can’t resist once you put these tips to work for you!

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