Home Staging Tips...Set the Mood

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Home Staging Tips...Set the Mood


If your home is on the market you’ve probably been told by your agent, home is where the heart isneighbors, and everyone else you know what to do.  “Clean...paint...pack up your stuff…”


Of course, they’re absolutely right!  But once you’ve edited your treasures and cleaned like the Queen was visiting...once you’ve painted the walls a buyer-friendly color and finally taken care of all of the repairs that you had put off for years...there’s one more thing you can do to help your buyers see your home as their new home-to-be.


Set the mood!


Buying a home isn’t just about the cost per square foot. Emotion always enters a sale.  Here are 4 tips that will help you set the mood for your buyer…


lamp 1. Use lighting to enhance your space.

As a home stager what I’ve seen too often if inadequate lighting in homes.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure that every light in your house is turned on when it is being shown.

The last thing you’ll want your buyers and their agents doing is running around trying to flip on a light to see the room.

Bedrooms-These are notorious for being dark. If all you have in your bedroom is the overhead light, head to your local home store and purchase lamps for your nightstands and dresser.

Kitchen-if your lighting is harsh or cold (a blue-white) you can soften it by adding small lamps on your counters to give the room a more cozy feeling.


2. Get help from Mother Nature

And no, I’m not talking about those plastic or paper arrangements. You can add a large bowl of lemons in your kitchen that will add color, texture, and a fresh scent.

Phalaenopsis orchid blooms can last a long time and add elegance to your bathrooms.

And don’t forget that green is good as well. Talk to your local nursery about plants that will not take a lot of care!


3. Cater to one of our strongest senses...Smell

You don’t want your buyer turning away as soon as they walk through the door but you won’t want to overwhelm them with heavy scents either. The best scent is clean.

Baking cookies and burning candles can be old school and cause a buyer to wonder what you’re covering up. And you’d never want to leave a burning candle unattended anyway!

Diffusers with a soft scent are safer and not as in-your-face.


4. Hints of the season

There’s nothing wrong with employing simple seasonal hints to set a mood.  You can fill an apothecary jar with pine cones or candy corn. Try arranging small pumpkins on a tray in the entry. And of course, nothing says Fall like a bowl of apples.



Creating a mood can help your potential buyers see and experience the possibilities of your house.


Need some help? Contact your local Home Staging professional!



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

Grant Schneider There are so many different DIY remedies besides opening the window!!!  

Thank you Sam Shueh It's like anything else that we try to sell!


Mar 14, 2019 12:06 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England thank you, and it takes very little investment on the part of the seller. 

I agree Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents We were looking for a home in McLean VA once and it took so long for the agent and me to find the lights to each room so we could see it, I lost interest in the home. 

Mar 14, 2019 12:08 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker I think many sellers have a hard time seeing their home as a product once they decide to sell it. 

Mar 14, 2019 12:09 PM #20
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Kathy, Great smells works in homes for getting it sold, I use to bake cookies at open houses all the time.


Mar 14, 2019 12:10 PM #21
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all great tips for sellers hoping to market their homes, Kathy!

Mar 14, 2019 01:02 PM #22
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 14, 2019 01:02 PM #23
John Petrone
ERA Nalbandian - Saddle Brook, NJ

Hey Kathy... Great Post - These are very good tips. A nice scent througout the home definitely helps. I like the lemon bowl thought too. 

I got a vacant home coming up with a seller I need to help understand the benefit of all the help a good home stager like yourself can be 

Mar 14, 2019 01:50 PM #24
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again, perfectly said and wonderful tips for a home that will be more attractive for all.  A

Mar 14, 2019 02:34 PM #25
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent tips and advice Kathy! 

Congratulations on a well deserved feature!

Mar 14, 2019 03:39 PM #26
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post.  Great tips.   At one time not important but in todays market can add so much.

Mar 14, 2019 03:46 PM #27
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy good lighting is so important in the way a house is perceived.

Mar 14, 2019 04:06 PM #28
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

"mood" is an integral part of the human psyche I am surprised more isn't said

Mar 14, 2019 04:51 PM #29
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

The best smell is no smell.  I had a seller that got one of those plug in scent dispensers.  Then she would go outside and smoke. BUT, she left the back window open and the smoke would drift in and polute the house.  Smokers cannot smell their own homes.

Mar 14, 2019 06:18 PM #30
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, always such great advice, Kathy! I'm with you on the smell - and love the use of boiling apples & cinnamon or oranges & vanilla while turning on the lights. The house smells fresh & clean...and inviting!

Mar 14, 2019 10:14 PM #31
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Sage advice from someone who everyone needs to listen to.  I'm with the vast majority about the smell.

Mar 15, 2019 12:30 AM #32
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Hi Kathy,

Really great advice that goes beyond the clean/declutter/pint advice.  And really - setting the mood is the whole point of staging.  I tear my hair out sometimes over smoker homes and  smell issues.  I find a little fresh lemon squeezed down  all the sink drains helpa a bit.

Mar 15, 2019 04:11 AM #33
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
Great post.  My favorite sentence is: The best scent is clean

Happy Friday!

Mar 15, 2019 04:57 AM #34
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Good advice and knoiwing you just moved yourself I know you understand what it takes to get a home sold and how to set the mood for buyers as they look at your home. Thanks.

Mar 15, 2019 07:38 AM #35
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Gee Kathy Streib, I don't know how I missed this one. Wonderful information which should be shared.

Mar 16, 2019 07:33 AM #36
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Creating that mood is so important--a welcoming, comfortable mood--with thoughtful touches like you explained.  Personally I love fresh flowers in a new listing!

Mar 17, 2019 03:56 PM #37
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