Being Prepared

Our Top Tips for Staging Your Home


1. Spend money to make money

it can be expensive, but a well-staged home
is worth the cost

2. Edit so the buyer feels at home

they shouldn't feel like they're just visiting

3. Exclude items up front

remove all that you can't leave behind

Staging your home for showings is one of the most important aspects of the selling process. If it’s staged well, you can cut weeks or even months off the time your property spends on the market.

Professional staging is becoming more and more popular. Staging can be as simple as rearranging your furniture and adding touches like fresh flowers. An empty house will not photograph nearly as well as a beautifully staged home. Professional stagers will provide the right “look” by supplying furniture and accessories. You can stage one room or the entire house, it’s up to you. It’s been our experience that staged homes sell for considerably more than unstaged homes, with the increase far offsetting the cost of staging.

Creating a comfortable and welcoming environment means packing up items that are obviously personal first. When a buyer is looking at your property, they should be able to feel like they’re at home, not like they’re just visiting. Personal pictures, antiques, and family heirlooms all add character to your place, but they make it much harder to envision actually living there. The ideal is to present a neutral background the buyer can visualize themselves inhabiting.

Be sure anything you want to bring with you to your new home is out of sight and replaced with a similar fixture. That striking chandelier you simply can’t let go of could be what the buyer falls in love with during a showing. Attractive accoutrements that are on the property will almost always be a point of contention if you plan on taking them with you. It’ll only cause problems during the selling process if you’re constantly needing to clarify what is and what isn’t staying on the property.

Whether you’re a professional interior designer or not, there are quite a few steps you can take to make sure your home is as attractive as possible to any potential buyer.