3 Tips For Staging Your Home For Sale

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3 Tips For Staging Your Home For Sale

It’s true that potential buyers decide whether or not they will buy a home within the first minute or two of entering the property. With that said you don’t need to go into “HGTV mode” to stage your home for sale. Yes, you could definitely paint the walls or rent furniture but, staging is really about minimizing objections to a property.  Here are some tips to make sure that your property doesn’t send buyers running for the hills.



This tip is really about making sure that there aren’t any unpleasant odors in your home. We’re talking any strong smell – good, bad, or otherwise. Strong smells can cause buyers to lose focus so while you might love the scent of the floral spray you just put in every room of your house that doesn’t mean a potential buyer is going to feel the same.


Staging Tips



We love our pets but, you’re guaranteed to cut a showing short if Fido is barking or nipping at your heels. We recommend completely removing your pets from your home. Even if they’re confined, trying to talk over a barking dog just isn’t pleasant. Not to mention strangers in your home are stressful for your pets. Make arrangements to have your them stay at a friend or neighbor’s house or consider taking them for a walk during showings. This doesn’t apply just for dogs either. Take for example your indoor cat. Cats can easily escape no matter how careful everyone is and you never know what potential buyers do and don’t like. If they aren't a fan of cats or any other pet for that matter you're risking killing your sale by having animals remain in the home.


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Window Treatments

Window treatments are often times a dead giveaway as to when the home was last updated. Fabrics get stained and faded over the years. Blinds also tend to get very worn looking after all the years of being opened and closed. We’ve all seen homes where it’s easy to tell what decade the owners last decorated based on the window treatments, even if there’s no other furniture. If the home is otherwise well-maintained, old worn-out window treatments leave the impression that the entire house needs to be updated. Invest in refreshing your window treatments to enhance other positive aspects in your home instead of taking away from them.


Staging Tips


Don’t you want your home to be to the one that buyers can’t wait to come back to? Or even better put an offer on? Don’t be the house with the "weird smell." Be the house with "the beautiful kitchen, fabulous backyard or tons of potential."


Whether you’re buying or selling, we can help you navigate the market and find the perfect home for you! Contact us today!



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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

All good tips on how buyers should view a house that says "buy me"...

Jan 14, 2017 06:34 AM #3
Lori Gardiner
RE/MAX River's Edge - Bristol, RI

Hi Amanda, Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I always help my Sellers stage their home for sale. Helps with getting the property under contract quickly.

Have a great weekend.

Jan 14, 2017 06:43 AM #4
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great tips and I love the pictures too...have a wonderful weekend!

Jan 14, 2017 06:47 AM #5
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Hi Amanda staging your home does not require a lot of money.. Most Sellers think they have to spend thousands to "stage" their home, but just doing a few things like you mentioned above will make a huge difference.  

Jan 14, 2017 06:53 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Amanda -- your simple and straightforward approach to making a home "ready to sell" should be a must read for all sellers.  

Jan 14, 2017 07:04 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Saturday Amanda,  You rock with this blog about staging, but most of your blogs rock!


Jan 14, 2017 07:12 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Amanda- you're so right about the window treatments.  For the most part, I suggest that homeowners remove older heavy treatments.  

Jan 14, 2017 12:10 PM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Amanda, great tips for sellers to do and get their home sold!

Jan 14, 2017 02:33 PM #10
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Amanda: Sellers want buyers running to make an offer, definitely not for the hills. Good tips that sellers need to implement.

Jan 14, 2017 03:13 PM #11
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Amanda S. Davidson These are excellent for home sellers staging tips.

Jan 14, 2017 05:00 PM #12
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the tips. I hope home sellers will read it and learn from it.

Jan 14, 2017 05:45 PM #13
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Those are all great tips, Amanda. Thanks for sharing this information. I love the picture of the dog on the sofa. 

Jan 14, 2017 07:04 PM #14
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Loved this and it is so true that people remember a house for certain reasons. It is best to have your house remain in someone's mind for a positive reason rather than a negative one. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 14, 2017 07:36 PM #15
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Amanda.  These tips will make anyones home look better from the eyes of the buyers.

Jan 15, 2017 05:20 AM #16
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Amanda, great information and valuable to homeowners preparing their home for the market.

Jan 15, 2017 07:01 AM #17
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Thank you all for stopping by. It's nice to see that so many of you feel the same - staging doesn't need to cost a fortune. Strategic changes can make a world of difference!

Jan 15, 2017 07:45 AM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We recently toured a home with some awful, over powering fake perfume smell. All of wondered what it was masking. My eyes started watering, and it made my throat burn. We cut the showing short because it was so unpleasant. 

Jan 16, 2017 08:25 AM #19
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Amanda

Great post with some wonderful tips, and have a great week

Jan 16, 2017 06:07 PM #20
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have such a sensitive nose and can detect any pet that is on the property. I always recommend to make the house smell clean, free of odors and where the buyers can see themselves living in the home. Nice post Amanda.

Jan 16, 2017 06:51 PM #21
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

Good advice!  Fresh air instead of masking odors is always the way to go.  

Feb 13, 2017 03:59 AM #22
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