When the real estate market turns sluggish, you may have to take steps to set your home apart from others. A “For Sale” sign in the yard won’t do it during a slower market or a floor plan that leaves you confused. One way that homeowners can sell their homes more speedily is by home staging, which can have the added benefit of pushing up the selling price of your home. Basically, staging consists of arranging your home’s décor and furniture in such a way as to make the home have more of an appeal to prospective buyers.

In some cases, home staging can be simple. You may be comfortable with just tidying up your home and removing all day-to-day items. On the other hand, you may want to consider investing a more substantial amount of time and money into your home staging project. The main benefit of investing in landscaping, painting and new furniture is that a potential buyer will come away from a visit to your home with a better idea of how his or her new home will look. Many homebuyers have no imagination. Complex floorplans and big empty spaces can leave a person feeling overwhelmed and cold. Our goal is to give a potential buyer the warm “welcome home” feeling! This tactic also prevents leaving money on the table. “Sell the sizzle” as my Dad says.

Home staging has been around since the 1970s. Born to the West Coast, the concept eventually grew in popularity throughout the country. Home staging is not just decorating. The general idea behind home staging is to depersonalize your home so that a prospective buyer will be able to imagine him or herself living in it. By removing personally styled items and family photos, you’ll be able to increase your home’s appeal. Another tip is to choose neutral colors for your home’s carpet and paint. New appliances can really stand out as well. With the help of your very talented realtor, many people do a great job of staging their own homes. You can also hire a professional to do the job for you, should the home be completely vacant, etc.