Staging your Mesquite NV home to sell - present your home at it's best

Reblogger Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Real Estate Agent with Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale Mesquite NV Realtor

Is your Mesquite home staged to sell?  Or is it just beautifully decorated to your tastes?  Most sellers do not realize how well their home can show - and some staging tips are simple and inexpensive.  A seller should look at their own home from a buyer's eyes.

Staging doesn't just mean putting out some cute decor and a welcome mat - :)

Thanks to Janet Jones - 10 answers sellers give when asked why they do not stage their home when listing it for sale?

Original content by Janet Jones

Home Staging1.  We want to test the market for 90 days.  And on the 91st day?  Price reduction--and 90 days worth of potential buyers who have already eliminated your property. 

2.  It costs too much money.  I have never seen a home where the staging costs would have exceeded the first price reduction.  And that doesn't even factor in the monthly carrying cost of the home. 

3.  We can't stage the house, we're living in it.  One common misconception is that staging is only for vacant homes.  Every home/condo can be staged, and you can actually live in it after staging.   

4.  We didn't have to stage any of the other properties we sold over the years.  Yes, once upon a time you could generate three offers by 5 p.m. on the same day your Realtor put the For Sale sign in your yard.  Not now.  Buyers are picky and they have a lot of homes to choose from. 

5.  Everyone loves our house so buyers will love it, too.   What you, your friends and relatives love about your house may not be what today's buyer wants.  Sellers are often baffled by the feedback they get after showings--amazed that buyers have found things they don't like about the property. 

6. We can clean the carpets and declutter without someone telling us how.  Yes, you can (and should) do this, but it is a tiny piece of staging.  Do you know what separates  "clutter" from "asset"?  And what about all the other things that staging encompasses, like traffic flows, highlighting architectural features, updating, and appealing to your target market?

7.  We have no desire to remove/change our _______________ (wallpaper/mirrored tile/gold faucets/paneling/dated light fixtures . . .).  And neither do buyers.  Better to keep your home or be ready to sell at a deep discount. 

8.  The view alone will sell this place.  Then why many months later are these great view homes/condos still on the market?  Could it be that buyers want something to go with the view--like a comfortable, move-in ready home?

9.  We would rather let the buyers makes their own paint/flooring choices.  And that equals a price reduction.  If buyers do make an offer on your home they will double or triple the cost of these items and reflect that in their discounted offer price--which includes a deduction for the inconvenience. 

10. Our home is professionally decorated.  A professionally decorated home is tailored to the owner's particular needs.  Does it work for the new buyer's needs?  You could see #1 above . . . .

These are all great reasons--

  • for price reductions
  • for extended time on the market
  • for buyers not coming to look at your home
  • for buyers not coming back for a second look

There are dozens of reasons not to stage, but only one good reason to stage--getting your home sold faster for the highest possible price.  Staging is preparing your home for sale and creating a home that buyers want to buy.  If you want to be in the best competitive position in this market today, consult with a professional home stager before listing your property for sale. 






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Yes, I've heard all of these 10 REASONS NOT TO STAGE YOUR HOME.



Jan 03, 2013 09:11 AM #1
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Great Post Virginia! I just had to quote you! I have some clients who I can't seem to reach. Hopefully, hearing it from you will work better!

Jan 03, 2013 11:36 AM #2
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Other than price there is nothing more important than a home that shows well!

Jan 04, 2013 09:24 PM #3
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Michelle - I just saw this post about home staging and had to share.

Sussie - Sometimes they need to see it in print to believe it.

Bill - Exactly.

Jan 06, 2013 04:33 AM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

GREAT post to share, Virginia and it does apply to ALL markets!  Hope you're having a fabulous start to the New Year!  I can't believe it's almost 1/12th over!!  ;-)

Jan 25, 2013 08:20 AM #5
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Debe - Janet makes some great points here.

2012 was great, have a wonderful 2013 ★!

Feb 02, 2013 01:42 AM #6
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Virginia, I wish we could convince Sellers to see their homes in the eye's of a Buyer. Home owners need to have an open mind and listen to the professionals.

Feb 02, 2013 01:50 AM #7
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

It is tough, Bob, I find that taking a few pics and showing them through the eye of the camera helps.

Feb 06, 2013 06:38 AM #8
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Virginia: In fact, take away all those knick knacks, cute drawings by your kids, and photos off the fridge - for starters. Absolutely look at it from the buyers' standpoint. They want to see THEIR stuff in the home.

Mar 05, 2013 10:49 AM #9
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Hella, yes.  Hard for them to picture THEIR cute knick knacks, and kids' stuff if they are distracted by all of the sellers' stuff.

Mar 05, 2013 11:45 AM #10
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Hi Virginia, Informative repost you have here. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work!
Apr 19, 2013 01:53 AM #11
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
Great stuff Virginia. Thank you for the repost and keep it up!
May 04, 2013 11:58 AM #12
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
Great source of information on how to stage your Mesquite home properly. Thank you for the sharing and keep up the good work!
May 04, 2013 12:00 PM #13
Melissa Muse Wiggans
Real Estate Muses - San Antonio, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR - Real Estate Muses
Hello Virginia, hope many of your avid readers and followers were able to find this article helpful on how one can stage their home for the market. Glad that you have reposted this article. All the best!
May 04, 2013 12:18 PM #14
Pat and Ed Okenica
RE/MAX Agents Realty Lake Oconee Ga - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate
Excellent repost that provides information on staging a home for the market. I'm sure this will come very handy in the future. Thank you for sharing Virginia and stay the most reliable real estate specialist in your area.
May 12, 2013 08:48 PM #15
Waynette Hoover Araj
Keller Williams Realty - Asheboro, NC
Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate
Clear, precise and easy to understand article that focuses on staging one's Mesquite NV home. This will be a good source of information to home owners planning to sell their property. Thank you for sharing this repost Virginia.
May 17, 2013 07:28 PM #16
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Thanks, Katerina and Ericka!

Melissa and Petra - it is so helpful, thanks to Janet Jones.

Pat and Ed, I have sent it to several sellers, should help.

Waynette, we don't have any stagers here, so I provide info.

Jun 23, 2013 08:09 AM #17
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