To stage your home or not to stage when selling your home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Prime Market Realty

To stage your home or not to stage when selling your home


Staging your home doesn't have to be expensive, the cost can be as low as $250 to $2,500 or more.  Statistics show that 95% of staged homes will sell twice as fast and for 6-10% more money!  For an average home, that’s a $30,000 - $50,000 increase in sale price.  With this kind of windfall, how can you afford not to invest in home staging? What matters the most is removing the clutter that may exist, emphasizing as much space as you can in your home, and creating an environment where a buyer could envision a home that they can move in right away.


Staging must start from the exterior of the home.  Since the exterior is what most prospect buyers would see first, this is the most important aspect to focus on initially.  Creating a nice appealing front yard with basic landscape; if you have one, would be ideal. Adding some front lighting, spray washing the exterior or painting if needed. 


For the interior, adding a neutral paint color seems to work best, spacing out furniture, removing any clutter from closet space, and cleaning up all spaces is important.


Staging doesn't have to be expensive, and if you are on a tight budget its best to do what you can to emphasize your home, then to not do it at all.


Comments (5)

Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Thanks for sharing article.  We learn a wealth of information from Active Rain Blogs.

Jan 11, 2010 12:59 AM
Al Wright
Affordable Canadian Home Inspections - Hamilton, ON
Have your inspections performed the Wright Way

I'm surprised at the number of homes for sale that are not pre-inspected and staged prior to listing. The numbers show the the typr of windfall you can gain by this 

Jan 11, 2010 01:18 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Welcome to Active Rain Marcel.  Congratulations on joining the game here. We joined AR in November, primarily for the outside blog feature. This has definitely helped get better placement on Google searches within subdivisions and neighborhoods.

A side benefit of AR is the ability to learn from other agent’s social media creativity. One good way to learn to use AR fast, is to read the blog posts of the AR staff and the “ambassadors”.

Peace, and Success in the New Year,

Jan 12, 2010 12:57 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

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Jan 14, 2010 12:16 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Marcel, Welcome to Active Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard.

Welcome Aboard and Much Success in 2010!

Feb 21, 2010 02:01 AM