A Seller's Guide to Effective Home Staging

Posted by on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 9:33am.

Atlanta Home Staging

Home staging is one of the most effective ways to garner top dollar for your home for sale.  By staging your home properly, you can truly help buyers imagine the fantastic life they will lead by buying your home! Regardless of whether you're selling a modest starter home or a multi-million dollar estate, buyers almost always respond better to a home that's been staged.  Here are a few tips that will allow you to begin staging your home:

  1. Remove any excess furniture - One of the first tips when staging your home is to remove the clutter. Simply put, it becomes very difficult for buyers to focus on your home when there is an abundance of furniture blocking their view. A good rule of thumb is to remove anything that's not serving an immediate purpose. Consider renting a storage space during this time; the investment in the storage facility will most certainly be worth the cost in terms of a quick sale. Also consider having a garage sale or donating excess furniture before listing your home for sale.
  2. Move the furniture away from the walls - Many people, out of a sheer lack of creativity, slide all of their furniture up against the walls. For staging purposes, furniture lined up against the wall makes a room feel uninviting and quite boring. You can add drama and interest to a room by merely moving the furniture away from the walls and creating conversation areas.
  3. Provide plenty of room for potential buyers to walk through the rooms - Walk through the rooms of your home and pay close attention to the walking space. If you can't comfortably move throughout each room without turning to the side or banging your leg on a piece of furniture, then it's time to either rearrange the furniture or rid the room of the excess furniture.
  4. Arrange your furniture in such a manner as to highlight certain room features - If your home has key features, play them up by arranging the furniture to suit the feature. For example, if your family room has a beautiful fireplace, consider rearranging all of the room's furniture around it, thereby allowing your fireplace to take center stage. Some of the key features you may want to consider highlighting include: large picture windows; fireplaces and mantles; and wall units.

By de-cluttering and strategically arranging your furniture, you are well on your way to a beautifully staged home.

10 Responses to "A Seller's Guide to Effective Home Staging"

Miami Condo Shop wrote: Nice post. Well written and highly informative. Real estate is always a buyer's market. Sellers must do everything to capture the hearts and bids of prospective buyers and get them to make an offer on their property. Most of the time there are several homes for sale at the same prices in the same neighborhood, so make sure your property stands out from the competition.

Posted on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 11:39am.

Kathy Nielsen wrote: It's a buyer's market indeed. Your suggestions, if followed, will no doubt help every seller who reads it. Thanks for sharing.


Posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11:46am.

Owner Financed Homes wrote: Wow this is a great post! I've been needing some tips for home staging and this was very informative. I've heard ideas from other agents, but these are great. Thanks!!

Posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 7:14pm.

Aprilette wrote: I believe that stagers do a great job in helping a home get sold. I admire the job they do since it requires a lot of talent.

Posted on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 6:55am.

Windham NY Real Estate wrote: Informative post. Real Estate is having a big part on the business world, on real estate, selling is not as easy as eating peanuts, you need to have the guts, proper marketing and being honest on what you are selling but definitely real estate is really a great investment because it gives a lot of opportunity.Brainard Ridge Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage and development company, specializing in Timberframe and Custom Log Homes.

Posted on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 6:55am.

Wilmington NC Real Estate wrote: These are really great tips. Clean, well-staged homes are a must in today's market. Thanks for sharing these!

Posted on Sunday, July 25th, 2010 at 9:30pm.

Property Hanoi wrote: People sometimes make the mistake of making to many trips to Home Depot when staging their homes that it ends up being a disaster. Simple tips like these will go a long way as far as making a good first impression is concerned.

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 7:28am.

Shannon Holmes wrote: This is a great post. I have found that most people cannot visualize what a room can look like without staging. Generally, rooms tend to look smaller without properly placed furniture, or with no furniture at all. Always better to have them staged.

Posted on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at 7:41am.

Aaron Dickinson wrote: I have staged a few of my higher-end vacant bank-owned homes and the difference is dramatic - showing traffic increases, feedback improves, and I truly believe it helps me get my client a higher sales price because the perceived value of a well-staged home is higher can a vacant or cluttered one.

Posted on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 9:41am.

Dream Rentals Vancouver wrote: Nice post. These points tell us that how to maximize features of our construction. Due to excess of furniture, construction can not be viewed clearly.

Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 8:35am.

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