Staging a Home For Sale

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Real Estate Agent with Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker WV0026375

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success. Below is an article by Suzie Wilson.

 Staging a home for sale

 

 

The Well-Staged House: Easy-to-Overlook Preparations for Homeowners

Staging a home for sale is a crucial step in the selling process, and it requires considerable attention to detail. Homeowners often overlook many simple things that can discourage potential buyers. An open house is an opportunity to show off its best features. It’s important not to let personal items or a dirty house obscure what you have to offer. The good news is that most open house preparations don’t require a major investment of money. As you get ready to put your home on the market, remember that prospective buyers will look into every corner and closet searching for imperfections. Your best approach is to keep it in ready-to-show condition until that “Sold” sign goes up on the front lawn.

 

Declutter

Home stagingDecluttering is about more than making sure your shoes are put away and empty pizza boxes are thrown out. It’s how you keep your house looking spacious, with the flow-through that home buyers are looking for these days. Bowling trophies and pictures of kids and grandchildren make it distinctively yours, but they can make it difficult for buyers to envision your house as theirs. Don’t forget that decluttering extends to your closets, behind doors, and storage space. Realtors recommend that when your home is on the market, it should be kept ready to show on a daily basis. That means it needs to smell good, be kept orderly, and be well-lit.

 

Comfortable ambience

Lighting is a very important part of the staging process. Not only should your home be well-lit, the lighting in each room needs to create a comfortable ambience. The more you can make viewers feel as though they’d be comfortable sitting down for a conversation or curling up with a good book, the more likely you are to make them feel at home. Remember, the feeling they get from a room is as important as their visual memory of it. Allow plenty of natural light to flow in, and keep fresh flowers in each room. Dimmer switches can help you maintain just the right amount of lighting.

 

home staging

 

Storage space

Storage space is always one of the most important features for potential buyers. An open house is an opportunity for them to assess whether there’s enough room for their belongings. To that end, realtors recommend keeping shelves and cabinets as empty as possible because it’ll give the impression you have more storage space than you actually do. Avoid the common mistake of moving your clutter from the floor into the closets.

 

 

Curb appeal

curb appeal, home stagingYour house may be spotless, well-ordered, and exquisitely lit on the inside, but if your exterior is dingy and run-down and your lawn poorly cared for, buyers will drive on by looking for the next “For Sale” sign. Curb appeal is that crucial first impression that entices someone to look further. Always make sure your lawn is kept mown and your yard carefully landscaped. Consider hiring a lawn service while your home is on the market so that you’re making the best possible impression every day.

 

 

 

No dogs here

home stagingMake sure people can’t see the evidence that you have a pet; it’s as important as decluttering and depersonalizing because even avid dog owners are hesitant to seriously consider a home that bears the signs of pet wear and tear. Make sure that all torn furniture and damaged baseboards are covered and repaired and that urine stains, dog hair, and stale pet odors are removed. Consider having a professional cleaner give your carpet a thorough cleaning before you put your home on the market. Above all, keep your pet somewhere else while your house is being shown. For more information about showing and selling your home when you have pets, check out this guide from Rover.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to show

home stagingThe best way to prepare to impress potential buyers is to keep your house in ready-to-show condition for as long as it’s on the market. As you go about cleaning and decluttering, bear in mind that you want to give the impression of space and flow. A judicious use of light can also help achieve that impression.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Von Domek
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Great tips on the all important staging of a home...you can only make a great first impression once

Feb 13, 2018 08:11 PM #1
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Hi Rebecca

What a wonderful post on staging from someone who knows their stuff. Those are really terrific photos to showcase the points being made about curb appeal, and more. We all know how important a first impression is!

Jeff

Feb 13, 2018 09:56 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Rebecca I am so with you, my advice to sellers is to go visit a new development and look what they do to make it look "inspiring to buy" and the answer is always it does not look lived in...Endre

Feb 13, 2018 11:37 PM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Rebecca. So much to think about, but lighting is always critical as is showing storage potential by decluttering! Enjoy your day!

Feb 14, 2018 03:43 AM #4
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Rebecca Gaujot
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Lisa Von Domek - true you get only one chance to make that first impression.

Feb 14, 2018 03:59 AM #5
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Rebecca Gaujot
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Thank you, Jeff Dowler, Suzie did a great job on the article. The photos are mine from my listings. 

Feb 14, 2018 04:00 AM #6
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Endre Barath, Jr. - I so agree with you.

Feb 14, 2018 04:01 AM #7
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Rebecca Gaujot
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Wayne Martin, I agree lighting is so important when staging. 

Feb 14, 2018 04:01 AM #8
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Joan Cox
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Rebecca, Suzie, knows her stuff, and sure she is an asset for you and REALTORS.   Beautiful photos, and know that is YOUR listing!  

Feb 14, 2018 05:04 AM #9
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Gita Bantwal
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I love the post and the photos of your listing. Thank you for sharing.

Feb 14, 2018 05:11 AM #10
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Rebecca, Suzie shares a lot of knowledge and it's apparent she's a staging expert. The photos just reinforce her points and how important it is to stage a home for sale.

Feb 14, 2018 05:25 AM #11
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Hi Rebecca,
This is a wonderful, comprehensive, post for preparing a home for sale.  I particularly like the part about not filling the storage space.

Feb 14, 2018 07:38 AM #12
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Debbie Reynolds
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These are great tips for getting a home ready for sale. I will mention these in my training about staging next week.

Feb 14, 2018 06:54 PM #13
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Rebecca Gaujot
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I agree, Joan Cox , Suzie knows home staging,

Feb 17, 2018 05:18 PM #14
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Thank you, Gita Bantwal 

Feb 17, 2018 05:22 PM #15
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Rebecca Gaujot
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
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Thank you Amanda S. Davidson , the photos are from some of my listings.

Feb 17, 2018 05:22 PM #16
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Good morning Rebecca - all good information here but I especially took note of the importance of lighting.

Feb 22, 2018 03:15 AM #17
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Decluttering is the most important step in preparing your home for sale. I admire talented people like Suzie who can make homes look much more attractive by staging them properly.

Feb 22, 2018 07:40 AM #18
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