3 Tips to Give Your Home an Edge When Staging It For Sale

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3 Tips to Give Your Home an Edge When Staging It For Sale


Recently a friend asked me to go with her on a house-hunting trip. They are moving back to town (yea!) and her husband wanted her to get an idea of what kind of homes are available. 




There were some that were an immediate no...terrible condition, too much stuff everywhere, not clean, and the cardinal sin when selling your home...it smelled. 


However, there were a few that could and should have been placed on my friend's shortlist.  We critiqued each on and they hit the hot spots...price, location, condition. 

However, something was missing. Something that made we couldn’t put our fingers on at first. What was missing was that element that causes your emotions to say This is home!


If your home is on the market, don’t miss connecting with your buyer’s emotional side!


Here are 3 areas you won’t want to miss…


  1. Living things, like plants and flowers.

 And, I don’t mean the plastic ones.  If you are living in your house while it is on the market, a tall ficus in the corner can help fill it in master bathand add an accent there. 

Adding a small arrangement in your living area will add color and, again, soften the area. 

Related to plants are fruit!  A large bowl of lemons in the kitchen not only adds color but a soft natural citrus scent.  


What to avoid- plastic flowers that are the colors that no flower would ever be. In fact, walk away from plastic flowers.


Carefully placed pictures and artwork elevates a room. Without it, it’s like serving mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving without any gravy. They’re still edible but they don’t look very appealing. Artwork helps to balance a space and is like the bow on a package. 


What to avoid- proportion and color should complement the room so make sure that your picture isn’t too large or too small for the space. 

wall needs something


You’d be amazed at how many homes I’ve viewed lacked enough lighting to show off a room. Well placed lighting softens and adds warmth to a space. 

What to avoid-This is the time to invest in small lamps. Avoid having the only light in a bedroom the overhead light fixture. 


Think about the last time you looked at a room or house and shrugged your shoulders and said “That’s nice”...then walked out.  That’s exactly what you want to avoid!  



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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great tips, Kathy (as always). I'm always all about the light in a house! For me that's the #1 tip.

Sep 12, 2019 05:07 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

More sellers shoud follow these tips, making the home cozy will slow down buyers when walking thru the home.

Sep 12, 2019 05:38 AM #7
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I totally agree. Buyers don't want clutter and don't want emptiness. If the property feels like home, they'll want to make it home.

Sep 12, 2019 06:22 AM #8
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Capturing that feeling of "home" goes a long way to getting it sold. The proper staging does that very well.

Sep 12, 2019 06:47 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Ron and I always look for light in a home, and flowers of course.  Even when we held open houses for brokers for large office spaces 10,000 square feet + or new buildings, we always had flowers...A

Sep 12, 2019 07:55 AM #10
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great staging tips for the home seller it really is all about making a first impression a lasting one.

Sep 12, 2019 09:55 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips for listing agents!  I see it all of the time, a home will fit all of the criteria that a person is looking for, but is just missing a little something and doesn't make the cut.

Sep 12, 2019 10:31 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy all tips are simple and easy to do, but very effective.

Sep 12, 2019 02:58 PM #13
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are three very important staging tips for sellers, Kathy.  Heck, they work well in most any home, whether being marketed or not.

Sep 12, 2019 03:30 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro you are so right. I like to use the camera on my phone to take a picture of where I need something. Then when I'm out, I have a reminder. 

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR exactly. We've all seen them...ok but blah. 

Wayne Martin I know that when I'm looking at a home for us, I picture myself in the kitchen cooking something. 

Sep 12, 2019 05:59 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs if you think about how much time you spend in your home it makes sense. 

Sham Reddy CRS glad you like it!!! Hungry for mashed potatoes?

Same with me Nina Hollander I've seen so many homes that lack enough light. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:02 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Good point Donald Urschalitz you want them to take their time and get a feel for the house. 

you're right Kat Palmiotti there's a fine balance.

Lottie Kendall buyers get a good feeling or not about a home. Sellers need to help them with that. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:04 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel very wise of you!  One client I had refused to allow any art hung on the walls because he had just had the house painted. When I pointed this out to his agent she said she knew something was missing but couldn't put her finger on it. 

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

HI Pat Champion first impressions do count 

Brian England there are some homes that are spotless and priced right but lack any oomph. 

George Souto you're right, they're very easy to do. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:12 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat you're right, even our own homes need these little touches. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:13 PM #20
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

You summed it up nicely, that's nice just won't cut it.  Make it a WOW moment for the next owners when they walk in

Sep 13, 2019 01:14 AM #21
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Excellent advice...yicks those lovely artificial shocking PINK flowers !

Sep 13, 2019 01:53 AM #22
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

As always more great advice to add to the suggestions we can offer sellers if they are not open to having their home professionally staged!

Enjoy your weekend!


Sep 13, 2019 04:30 PM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Flowers, art and lots of light - all things bright, wonderful and inviting to home buyers, Kathy! Great advice in any market!

Sep 14, 2019 10:18 PM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent tips and advice, Kathy. Most sellers don't even give emotional appeal a second thought.

Sep 20, 2019 05:46 AM #25
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