The Best Staging Tip for 2016.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage Realty FA100041320

Sellers, to find out the best staging tip for 2016, we’ll assume you and your REALTOR® have reviewed the obvious must do’s:


1. FIX all deferred maintenance. No buyer wants to adopt your problems. And when you're a buyer, you won't want theirs either.

2. CLEAN like you hired a professional cleaning service. Or better yet, do it. You'll be amazed when its spotless top to bottom.

3. DECLUTTER every single room, closet and countertop. Rule of thumb: anything smaller than a shoe box. Pack it up or DONATE. Its visually distracting. We want to show off your home, not your things.

4. DEPERSONALIZE. Remove documents with your name. Google yourself and see how much you can discover online. If they're interested, their agent will provide the due diligence about you.

5. REMOVE family photos. Its hard to depersonalize your space, but those memories are yours. Buyers need to imagine making their own with their family members.


If you have the budget to do so, I'd recommend you UPDATE your best ROI rooms.


Consult your REALTOR® or stager first, but your kitchen should be up to snuff with your competition. So should your master bath. Kitchens and baths sell homes. 


Gaston kitchen


It may be as simple as a fresh coat of PAINT or new, yet inexpensive LIGHTING, but be prepared that it could require investing in new APPLIANCES or FLOORING.


Prioritize your budget, consult a professional BEFORE investing, and make a plan.


If you're on top of these essentials, you’re ready for the final step.


My best staging tip for 2016, is to Sell a Lifestyle.


Your home should tell a story.  What is like to live here? Start with why you fell in love with it.


Was it the view of the mountains, water, trees? Showcase it. Remove heavy window treatments, open the blinds and rearrange your furniture so buyers can walk right over to that window.Mountain view listing


Large deck or patio? Lucky you, outdoor entertaining areas are one of the top five must haves for today's buyers. Be sure to play this feature up BIG. 


Deck, Gaston listing


Live where its cold? Be a bit creative. Buy an inexpensive free-standing fire pit (as cheap as $70 at Lowe's). Set up a tray with all the fixings for s'mores, a galvanized bucket with pea gravel to anchor some tall sticks, and throw a wool blanket over your adriondack chair. Buyers can easily imagine a toasty evening.


Great school district? Display a chalkboard calendar with upcoming school activities and events. As a buyer, its always nice to know how you can be involved in the local community.


Garage? Highlight it with an organized peg board for tools, a workbench with task lighting.


Close to hiking trails or dog parks? Stage your mud room, or it could be your laundry room with hooks for leashes, a walking stick, hat or camelbak. Right above it, print out a city map you spray mounted on foam core board. Insert a few colorful push pins marking the local parks in your area.


Unfinished basement or attic space? Carve out a workout space with a yoga mat, stack of plush, white towels, water bottle and exercise ball. Decorate the walls with colorful travel destinations you found on the internet. Pick up frames from Goodwill. Buyers like to know there’s potential for future added value.


Every buyer who walks through your front door, wants to know. What's it like to live here? Buying a home is emotional - make an emotional connection. 


My best staging tip for 2016 is to Sell a Lifestyle. Your home should illustrate and tell a wonderful story. You'll not only captivate your buyer, but inspire a higher offer as well.


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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Nice job with the list you put together Kim and your recommendations that would be important for anyone considering selling a home in the future.

Let's make 2016 the best year ever!

Jan 03, 2016 05:19 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This should be FEATURED.....glad Kathy featured it on her weekly post!  EXCELLENT advice and tips for a successful home sale!  Selling the lifestyle is so important and something that most sellers and even most agents have no clue!

Jan 03, 2016 08:01 AM #16
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

Thrilled with the 5 must do's. There's 80% of the thing. The rest is makeup.

Jan 03, 2016 09:55 AM #17
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Facing the problem right now fixed it or sell it..... Mom failed to convince the daughter putting money in .... My turn .....

Sam Shueh

Jan 03, 2016 12:12 PM #18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Many of my clients face this question Kim Gaston .  I will bookmark this  for them; THANKS!

I found this post through Kathy Streib's post... 

Jan 03, 2016 02:17 PM #19
Karyn Smith Woody
Harry Norman Realtors - Blairsville, GA

Fantastic tips!! Thanks for sharing!

Jan 04, 2016 02:37 AM #20
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Selling a lifestyle is definitely the way to go. I love the pictures.

Jan 04, 2016 04:08 AM #21
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Half of what you have on your best stating tips for 2016 will be done this year so I can appreciate my peaceful home!  

Jan 04, 2016 04:31 AM #22
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Some really great idea and good article.  Photos alone, really show how it can make a difference, and lifestyle.  Yup, agree.  Features tell, benefits/lifestyle sells.

Jan 04, 2016 10:08 AM #23
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kim Gaston ,

So glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her Sunday post on her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. I totally agree with you..sell a does make a difference!

Jan 04, 2016 08:49 PM #24
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kim Gaston - remove clutter is always #1 when it comes to staging - and that remains true even in 2016.

Jan 05, 2016 03:53 PM #25
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Those are gorgeously decorated patios. Outdoor spaces are very desirable for any home in here. 

Jan 07, 2016 06:02 PM #26
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Friday morning Kim Gaston -

You have provided an excellent list of how to prepare ones home before listing. If your list is followed a home is sure to find the perfect buyer sooner.  

Jan 07, 2016 10:24 PM #27
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kim - you have made a great point.  Today it is all about lifestyle and decks and living areas accentuate that.  

Jan 08, 2016 01:12 AM #28
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Kim-I really liked your outdoor suggestions. Great photos in your post too.

Jan 18, 2016 02:59 AM #29
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kim, great tips for all Sellers contemplating a sale.   A home will show so much better when they adhere to your tips! 

Jan 20, 2016 10:45 PM #30
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Kim, you nailed it completely in the post. Every point and suggestion is spot on. Thank you for sharing all of these suggestions. Nicely done and presented. 

Feb 18, 2016 09:30 PM #31
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kim. What a perfect blog. Selling lifestyle is what we all do where ever. Your tips and photos are wonderful. I would like to live in this blog. :)

Feb 29, 2016 09:59 PM #32
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I agree with above: great pictures and very useful links. 

Mar 23, 2017 09:37 PM #33
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Thanks Kim for the follow! I like your blog and immediately follow you back:) 

Have a great one! 

Mar 23, 2017 09:40 PM #34
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