Tips for Staging your College Station Home, Ensuring a Faster Sale

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Beal, Inc.

When I am selling a Bryan/College Station home, I always offer tips to the seller concerning how to put their home in the best light for showings. First impressions are lasting impressions. And in soft market times, it is important to show your listing at its best advantage.


It is an industry fact that staged homes sell faster.  When your home has been properly staged, you will have true confidence that the first impression will be a positive and lasting one.  The main point of staging is to showcase the benefits of the house in the best possible light.  It will make your home appear like a model home so that potential buyers can envision themselves living there.  Additionally, a properly staged house appears to be in move in-ready condition.  This means that potential buyers will be able to visualize their belongings and themselves in your home much more easily, which is exactly what you want.  

 Another benefit of a staged home is that it projects an image of being well-maintained and cared for.  The underlying psychological message that is sent to the potential buyer is that it is worth more, and that they will not have to worry about inheriting costly problems to which they will have to attend and repair.

The key points to staging a home are: de-cluttering, de-personalizing, updating old/unattractive fixtures, painting, furniture arrangement, and accessorizing - so that you display your home in its best possible shape.

Generally, the following are always on the list for seller reminders of what the buying public wants to see when previewing the home. First and foremost, the exterior should be repainted or power washed as it is the first impression. (While you're focusing on the exterior, remember to power wash the driveway, sidewalk, etc.) Paint is equally important on the interior; rooms that are painted light, neutral colors show the best as they make a room appear airier, larger, and more inviting.

Some smaller, but very important tasks to complete before showing your home are:

  • Replace old door knobs with shining new ones (especially on the front door).
  • Make floors shine and windows shine even more. This cleanliness shows care of ownership and gives the impression that appliances and equipment associated with the home have the same pride of ownership.
  • If your mailbox is looking old or worn, install a new one.
  • Decrease clutter and de-personalize. This includes removing  toys, excess books, exercise equipment, etc.
  • Always remove bad odors, clean carpets, and neutralize.
  • Always let the light in by opening drapes and turning on lights in the house.

Additionally, I've listed below some common flaws in a home that I look out for:

  • Gutters that are in need of repair or filled with debris.
  • Untended yards, driveways, and gardens
  • Poor shower and tub caulking where grout is missing or dirty. (Replace!)
  • Damaged bathroom tiles. (Fix and replace!)
  • Put fresh towels in the bathroom on towel bars that are stable.
  • Make sure pet litter boxes are out of sight and garbage cans are empty.

These are the main tips I offer to my Bryan/College Station clients when we are working together on selling their home.  If you are interested in detailed staging or design tips, I am always happy to help; just give me a call! Continue to visit my blog daily for the best local, expert real estate advice!


Clay Lee - Realtor

Century 21 Beal, Inc.

(979) 255-1839

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Comments (1)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great tips for the home seller it does pay for the seller to have the home staged. It will sell quicker especially in today's market.

Aug 04, 2010 05:58 AM