Staging - 5 Reasons I Believe In Staging - Reason #4

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Staging - 5 Reasons I Believe in Staging - Reason #4: The Competition

Staging Photo 4Howard County Buyers are looking at a lot of Howard County houses – Comparing, eliminating, choosing.  I saw three homes today with my buyer, very similarly priced.  It was clear, walking into the 2nd, that the 1st was only going to help sell the 2nd.  The 1st was not decluttered, not staged, not freshly painted or carpeted.  I had to look at the two prices again, just to be sure!  The house that’s NOT ready to be seen/sold is helping the OTHER Sellers.  Ask yourself:  Do you want to sell YOUR home, or do you just want to help sell your neighbors’ homes, while your home sits on the market?  Believe in Staging!

And once your home is ready to be seen, decluttered, neutralized, freshened, and staged --  PLEASE make sure your Realtor is taking multiple photos!  Once again, you can work to get YOUR home sold, or you can help sell the homes of your neighbors.  If you only have a couple photos, dimly lit, yellowed, or just one exterior shot, or worse yet --  NO PICTURES – Buyers absolutely wonder what’s wrong with the house, and PASS IT BY!

The vast majority of Buyers begin their search online.  And they sort the homes to look at by THE NUMBER OF PHOTOS!  REALLY!  Do not let your home be eliminated from their list of possibilities before they even see it.  And ask yourself again, do you want to sell your house, or just list it? 

Did you miss the first 3 Reasons I Believe In Staging?  Step 1 | Step 2 | Step 3 |

Best regards, Gretchen

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Gretchen Conley, Realtor®  "Your Transition Specialist" 

Keller Williams Realty Centre   *   Cell 443-676-1625

Questions about the neighborhood, the community, the market?  I'm always happy to help - Give me a call!

About the Author...This article  was provided by Gretchen Conley, a Nationally recognized Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist, and Certified Short Sale & Distressed Property Specialist.  Gretchen can be reached via e-mail at by cell phone or text message at 443-676-1625. Gretchen has helped many people buy and sell their home.  For Maryland real estate and homes see   If you need to Short Sale your Maryland home please contact me for more information.


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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Gretchen - Really great post about the benefits of staging. I hit Suggest.

Now, I'm going on to read the other parts of your series.

Mar 17, 2011 07:56 AM #1
Gretchen Conley
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Columbia, MD
Howard County MD Real Estate

Thanks, Judy!

Mar 17, 2011 08:08 AM #2
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