Sometimes it is hard to convince sellers that staging their home or at least de-cluttering and minor updates are important when listing your home. I was reminded of this recently when out touring homes with a buyer. We looked at a home which was vacant, had some interesting paint and flooring choices, out of date light fixtures etc. Nothing major but my buyers were just not wowed by the house and decided that they did not like the floor plan and so we went to the next house. The next house we toured was just a few streets away. We walked in and they immediately liked the look of this one. It was very tastefully decorated with updated flooring and light fittings. As they looked around they thought that this could work for them. I on the other hand was having a case of déjà vu. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it was the exact same floor plan just flip flopped. When I pointed this out to them they could hardly believe it was the same house. On our next venture out the exact same thing happened. The first house was ok, but the décor was tired and the house did not shine. The next house, they really liked and guess what it was the same floor plan. They are also selling their current home and have been very receptive to my staging suggestions. After touring these homes they really understood the importance of how the house looks to prospective buyers. If you are going to sell your home, employ the services of a real estate professional who will advise you on preparing the house for sale and make sure you do not lose potential buyers to the other house in the neighborhood that shows better than yours.