How do I stage my home and why?

Dated: 07/17/2019

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How do I stage my home and why?

Staging is worth the time and effort when you list your home.  According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), more than three fourth of buyers agents say staging makes it easier for people to visualize the property as their own and almost 40 percent of sellers' agents reported staging greatly decreases days on market. 

According to the same 2015 study by the NAR, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400.  So you should always considering staging, as much as possible, before listing your home. 

Staging does not mean the home must be fully staged and any steps you take to improve the home's appearance and appeal can make a great difference when buyers walks in. First impressions are formed within milliseconds of seeing a target, so you have a great chance to make an impact on your buyer by taking steps to make the home seem bigger, more inviting and as neutral as possible to any buyer. 

The steps you can take to stage your home vary from decluttering, cleaning thoroughly and removing odors, to making needed repairs, rearranging furniture and adding accent decorations. 

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Make the front door inviting. Potential buyers often drive by before deciding they want to see the inside of a house, so make sure the front-door area looks nice.

Clear away clutter. Put away personal photos, knickknacks, boxes -- anything that will distract the buyer from concentrating on the house. People won't buy a house if they can't see the square footage, so clear it out and clean it up.

"Clutter gives the perception that there's not enough storage in the house," says real estate expert Shannon Freeman of the L.A. team. A basic rule of thumb to decide whether or not something is clutter is "if you can't sit on it, it's not decoration, and you can't eat it, it's clutter," says designer Lisa LaPorta, also of the L.A. team.

Clean the house thoroughly. Take time to make bathrooms sparkle, wash the windows, and clean kitchen appliances. Don't forget under the sinks!

Freshen up your rooms. A little paint can go a long way in making your home sellable: repaint much-used rooms in neutral colors to make them look clean and fresh.

Arrange furniture to showcase your space. Remove extra, unwanted furniture and arrange remaining pieces in a way that creates smooth traffic flow. Good furniture placement can help show off a room and makes a huge impact as a buyer walks through, says real estate expert Terry Haas from the Washington, D.C., team. "If you want to make a room look bigger, pull the furniture off the wall because people are allowed to see the perimeter of the room, and it creates the illusion of a larger space," adds designer Lisa LaPorta from the L.A. team.

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Natalia Bracco

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