Did you know that only 10% of buyers can visualize how they could live in the house you want to sell?

Real Estate Agent with First Weber Inc WI LIC #125698


Did you know that only

10% of buyers

can visualize how they could live in the house you want to sell?





Location!      price     Condition

These are the top 3 value items that bring buyers to (or push them away from) the house you want to sell!



Location is what it is.  Good or bad, you can't change that.  You can only take buyer objections away by optimizing the next two on the list.

Price, listen carefully to your Realtor® and the advice they give you when pricing your home.  No one knows the local market better.

Condition, now this is the item that most of the time you have control over!  Not sure where to start or what needs to be done?  Contact your local Professional Home Stager for a consultation today.



So, what can you do?


Here are items you can do that cost you nothing, but bring value to the way buyers view your home:

1.)  Curb Appeal, freshen up the look of the house by weeding, raking, coiling up the hoses, pick up toys and put away tools.  Make sure there are no signs of pests; such as, hornet and bee nests, mice and bird droppings.  Power wash any mildew that accumulated over the cold damp winter months.



2.)  Pack, Pack, and then when you think you've packed enough, pack some more!  Pack up anything you can live without for the next couple of months (including any furniture other than the essentials).  You are moving after all, right?  This helps show off the storage, square footage and architectural details of the house.


3.)  Clean, Clean, and Clean some more!  Once you've packed and edited out any excess furniture, you will find dirt you never knew you had.  Now it is time to clean your home so you can eat off the floors!  Most importantly, kitchens and bathrooms.  But don't forget the inside of appliances, carpets, curtains, pillows and upholstery.  All these fabrics and places bring the smells of your life into the home.  Negative smells are a huge turnoff to buyers (and that includes many candles, sprays and cleaning agents).  Weather permitting, open windows and air out the house.  Fresh air is highly encouraged!

Kitchen BeforeAfter Kitchen


4.)  Repair and finish any projects that you have started!  A well maintained home has great value to buyers.   When buyers see unfinished projects and a lack of maintenance, they become concerned and either take money off the offer oLight and Brightr move on to the next place.

5.)  Clean out light fixtures & put the highest wattage bulb into them, allowed by the manufacturer.  This will lighten and brighten your home making it feel cleaner and larger.


6.)  Clean the inside and outside of all your windows.  Again, this brings in light and brightens up your home.  It will make the home feel larger and there is value in square footage!

7.)  Remove heavy layers of custom draperies.  I know you may have spent a lot of money on those custom draperies, but there are several reasons to remove them.  First and foremost, it helps make the home feel lighter and brighter.  But more importantly, custom draperies tend to be taste specific. 


Living Room BeforeLiving Room After


8.)  Remove any wallpaper and border.  Yes, seriously!  This is one of the biggest objections buyers have.  So, take that objection away and remove it.  It'll go far to help your home appeal to a much greater pool of buyers. 


Bathroom BeforeBathroom After

















If you haven't updated your house in several years, it's time to pull out some of the money you've saved by not doing so and invest in the sale of your home.  A professionally trained home stager can give you guidance as to where to put your money and what design styles will attract the target buyer for your home.


From the best paint color for selling to the items that need to be updated, a Professional Home Stager is the best person to give you guidance when it comes to prepping your home for a quick sale and preserving the most equity possible!


Did you know that only

10% of buyers

can visualize how they can live in the house you want to sell?


Laura S. Baker,

Ready? Set, Sell!  Home Staging & ReDesign,

South Central WI

(920) 728-4118




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To find all available homes for sale

in the South Central Wisconsin, please visit http://www.LauraBaker.FirstWeber.com

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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

You are a professional blogger!  Great style information and format!  Well done!

Apr 12, 2015 11:33 PM #1
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Monday morning Laura S. Baker -

10% is a really low number and your suggestions are great ones to improve the chances of helping that perfect buyer see themselves living in a home. 

Apr 12, 2015 11:34 PM #2
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Houses look so much different fom eye level when standing as opposed to seated in the dining rooms, living rooms or family rooms. In the kitchen, it's understandable, but try to sit those customers down for full effect. It may raise the awareness up to 20% Laura S. Baker.

Apr 12, 2015 11:51 PM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning my friend Laura S. Baker,  You nailed it on this blog, sellers should all ready this one.  Have a great day!

Apr 13, 2015 12:02 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Laura- good one!  Precise and to the point and easy for a seller to understand. 

Apr 13, 2015 12:52 AM #5
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Laura - This is a great post, and something all home sellers need to understand. There are things a seller can do to help improve the condition of their home.

Apr 13, 2015 04:02 AM #6
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Awe Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, thank you!

John McCormack, simple solutions to greatly expand that pool of buyers.

Interesting theory Kevin J. May.  

You are absolutely right Will Hamm

Thank you so much Kathy Streib!  I've had great role models.  ;-).

Apr 15, 2015 11:01 PM #7
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

And the best part Troy Erickson is, these items will make them money rather than cost them money. 

Apr 15, 2015 11:02 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Laura.  Those are great before and after photos.  I like the new do.

Apr 24, 2015 08:40 PM #9
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Thank you Conrad Allen, I like seeing your smiling face on my posts again!

Apr 25, 2015 10:13 PM #10
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Great post Laura!

All the bases are covered when one gets a 'to do' list from a Professional Staging consult!

So glad you added the bit about draperies... Funny how it will always come up in a consult...

Feb 11, 2016 08:39 AM #11
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Yes those draperies do!  Thank you Peg. :-)

Feb 17, 2016 10:29 AM #12
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Laura, there are a few people out there who can look beyond what's actually in a house to they way they would live in it - but most of us need the help of a great stager!

May 26, 2016 10:59 AM #13
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