$taged to $ell

As you're placing your home on the market, consider a surefire way to sell your house - by carefully staging your home.  I have training in staging and have been staging my listings for at least 10 years.  Some positive aspects for home staging include fewer days on the market and better offers.  If your goal is to sell your house quickly, and at the highest possible price, choose a well thought out approach to home staging.  That's where I come in.

No one "lives" in their house day-to-day as they do when it's on the market.  As soon as you've signed your listing agreement, say to yourself, aloud "This is no longer my home, but my temporary residence until a Buyer is found, and I sell it and move into my new home."  I find this helps the Seller to start separating from the home, reducing the emotions from the process.  The less emotions involved, the more realistic the Seller will be in all aspects of the selling process, which will help get to a sale much quicker and easier. Staging truly "sets the stage" for receiving and negotiating offers and ultimately selling. The more diligent you are at getting and keeping this property looking like a model home, the quicker you'll be on your way to your NEW home.  Staging is not decorating.  Decorating is geared to the current owner's taste and usually involves bringing new furniture and accessories into the house.  Staging is mostly about removing unnecessary furniture and accessories so a potential buyer can see what they're actually buying, the space, and not be distracted by the seller's belongings.  So use this time as a chance to get things, not immediately needed, boxed up and put in storage and out of the house, or neatly stacked in a particular space in the house.  This will be a head start on the moving process and will actually help you separate from the property and get thinking toward their new home.  I usually find once the seller is into selling mode, the property moves more quickly and smoothly. Below are some pictures from a previous home I staged and quickly sold.  This property needed some warming up, which required me to bring in some furnishings, art, mirrors, etc. to make the buyers feel "at home".

This​ is the foyer and makes the first impression of the home.  Unfortunately and it's cold & empty.

We've added a narrow hall table with lamp, which always warms a space.  The picture at the back wall pulls the eye into the house and makes a much better FIRST IMPRESSION.
ThIs hallway is not inviting at all.  It's very blank and all doors are closed, saying "keep out".

The picture at the right causes the eye to move forward to the mirror at the end of the hall.  All doors are open with lights on and/or all window treatments open.  This is much more inviting. 

Room has no personality and there are all kinds of things scattered about without being a part of how the room is used.

​Adding the warmth of a lamp and some additional furniture and items to better define the space will help Buyers see how this room is spacious and has room for their stuff.

Cou​ntertops are covered by personal items and it's rather stark from the overhead and extremely bright over-the-mirror lights.

​Personal items are now in a basket under the sink and the warmth of a small lamp ads the peaceful, spa-like appeal of the bath.  Countertops should how SPACE not stuff.

Preparing your home for a showing or Open House shouldn't be thought of as an annoying experience. It can actually be enjoyable. I have received training in staging and have staged many properties resulting in quick sales, which were much closer to list price than similar un-staged properties. Together, we'll strive for an exceptional bid for your property. Use these home staging tips to get you going:

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is your only chance to make a strong first impression on buyers before they walk into your house. The pluses and minuses that jump out at buyers shape their first opinion of your home and how you keep up your home's regular maintenance. Understanding this, assists us in determining what measures we can take to draw buyers from the street and into your house. If your house isn't pretty on the outside with refreshed paint and colorful garden plants we'll need to tackle those as well. Refer to the Curb Appeal Checklist and get more showings and add dollars to your house's final selling price.

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Make yourself at home...

Does your home seem to say, "This is Your New Home" to a buyer? Looking through your house from a buyer's view, I'll suggest arrangements that enhance sales appeal. I'll advise you reduce the effect of anything that clutters your space. Surface areas like tables, desks and countertops MUST be clutter-free. Do-dads, sculptures, sentimental items, family photos, and kids' drawings should be packed and out of sight. You need to "generalize" the home so buyers can imagine it as their new home, not yours.  Get these things ready to go into your new home.

I know exactly what a room's best features are and how to highlight them. Changes that directly affect your bottom line include removal of extra or over-sized pieces of furniture, rooms that need neutral paint, carpet that needs to be cleaned or removed, fixtures that need replacing, and windows that need washing.

Potential buyers want to see a property that charms them. Items that could be too personal should be removed in order for your home to have likability during any visit.

Staging Your Home Checklist >

Setting the Stage

In every opportunity, we want to engage the buyer's senses. Brightening up your interior is critical, so we'll do things like part the curtains and create light where needed to show off your property. Together we'll enhance the house with enjoyable music playing softly and make sure an unnoticeable aroma flows throughout your home. We'll incorporate cozy-looking bedspreads, and pillows on your chairs and bed. We want buyers to feel like your house is their future home.


Using my home staging tips could get your house sold more quickly. Homes of Wilkes can help you create an inviting feeling that makes buyers want to stay — permanently. Give me a call at 336-984-0226 and I'll make sure your house is $taged to $ell.