"Is Your Home Ready For It's Debut?"

Home Stager with Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging

With more and more homes coming on the market for the summer months it's important to make sure your home stands out above the rest. Here are five steps to present your home with a lasting first impression!  With over 90% of home buyers looking on the internet for the home of their dreams you want those online photos to attract and stimulate as much interest as possible.

  1. First and foremost make sure your house is clean, clean, clean.  (The cleaner your home is the more it shows as a well maintained home)
  2. Reduce all clutter and any unnecessary furniture (Show off as much square footage as possible. It's also a good idea to remove all personal items and collectibles.  You're moving anyway why not start packing those items now to ensure their safety while your home is on the market)
  3. House's show best if the color of the home (both inside and out) is a neutral color.  (A warm beige or a soft taupe (colors that are easy on the eyes) appeal to the most potential buyers)
  4. Repairs are necessary when you put your house on the market.  As much as you wish you didn't have to face the challenge of one more repair you can count on the buyers disliking the thought of it even more.
  5. Nothing turns off a buyer more when they drive up to a home and see a front yard that spells WORK.  Remember Curb appeal gets the buyers in the door.  Trimming up bushes and trees, mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, pulling the weeds and maybe even fertilizing and watering the lawn can really have a great impact.  Backyards are equally as important as they are an extension of your homes square footage.

As a Home Stager I realize that preparing your home for sale is a lot of work.  If you can invest in hiring a professional to do some or all of the work for you, you'll have more time to focus on all those offers that will be coming in on your home.  If funds are low and you feel it's just too much work for you alone you might try inviting your family, friends and even your neighbors over to help you out.  You'd be surprised how many people are willing to help...  if just asked.

If you're interested in finding out more about how a Home Staging Consultation can help you and your home look it's best please contact us, our estimates are complimentary.

Let your buyers focus on the beauty of your home!

Can your potential buyers see themselves living in your home?

You never get a second chance...   to make a Great First Impression!

Linda D. Pufford, ASPM

With Divine Style

Real Estate/Home Staging ~ Interior Redesign ~ Professional Color Consulting




Comments (17)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Linda- it's amazing that if sellers would just do your list of 5 items to make their home ready for "its debut" it would go a long way in making their home stand out!

Jun 03, 2012 12:33 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Linda ~ Congratulations on your Featured Post!  These are great Tips for anyone selling their home, and your advice will help them get to a SOLD sign that much faster!

Not everyone remembers that cleaning and repairing everything is part of home staging ... so glad that you included these on your list!

Jun 03, 2012 12:48 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Kathy,  I agree, I often think about how much a person does to their car before they sell it....  if they did just as much to sell their home (their largest investment) it would make all the difference with DOM.  Thanks so much Kathy for the thumbs up...  I am always honored when you stop by!!!


Jun 03, 2012 12:53 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Thanks Maureen, the faster a home sells the more everyone wins!  As home stagers we have the same goal in mind as the seller and the Realtor.  It's a win, win for all.  Thanks Maureen for your comment... 

Jun 03, 2012 12:57 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Linda, I have a client who recently painted the entire interior of his home. They went from many bright blue and red rooms to a very pleasing almond cream. A home stager came through during the open house and told me the house was too "vanilla". My thoughts, "vanilla" was exactly what we were aiming for. That house got a tremendous number of showings and ended up selling near asking price. Neutral may be boring but the home appeared fresh and clean.

Jun 03, 2012 01:15 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Hi Linda! So glad to see you back in the Rain! Your suggestions are spot on. Following your simple, yet very important, guidelines can make all the difference in the world when trying to sell a home. Congratulations on the featured post!

Jun 03, 2012 04:09 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I always love the AFTER staging shots! Great job preparing the home!
Jun 03, 2012 05:21 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

An excellent post.  Many home home sellers benefit from home staging.

I will post this on my Facebook page.

Have an outstanding week, with your camera in hand.

Jun 03, 2012 08:55 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Linda, Really good tips and to the point. Why don't they do it, though?

Jun 04, 2012 01:58 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Nice photos showing your work.  I do think that most buyers realize the importance of the five things you mentioned.  It just may be overwhelming for them to do.  Having a stager take over the process is a great relief to sellers.

Jun 04, 2012 02:54 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Linda, super feature! Your photos show it all! It can never be said often enough.

Jun 04, 2012 08:49 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Linda.

You do beautiful work...You are very talented indeed.


Jun 04, 2012 09:10 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Linda, your photos are amazing and your words of wisdom are right on!

Jun 04, 2012 03:25 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Nice pictures.  What drew my attention to your post was just last Sunday after showing a house, we all walked outside and nearly vomited...  Not really, but my clients instantly had no interest, despite the fact that the house was ideally situated.  The way the house was presented was going to be severely punished by the market.  Total shame.  If the house had been clean, I';m sure it would be under contract by now.

Jun 05, 2012 02:59 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Linda, you are again on top of your game...great post and congrats on the feature.  I tell my sellers if they ask to use neutral colors...the house shows much better, like you stated looks fresh and clean.

Jun 05, 2012 02:17 PM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Linda, congrats on the feature!. I love the title. This is exactly how the sellers should think about their house that they put on the market. Their debut. Their house will be on stage and should be in extraordinary shape. All great tips. I also like that you suggest not to afraid to ask for the help. Family members, neighbors, and friends can help cleaning, de-cluttering, borrowing furniture pieces etc.


Jun 07, 2012 06:32 AM

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