Julie Smith,
Associate Broker, ABR, GRI
Property Connection Real Estate

510 Poplar Street, Atlantic IA 50022

(712) 249-7975 (Mobile)

Staging Your Home

What is Home Staging and how does it help me sell my home?

Home staging is beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about creating a mood. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it.

Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, de-cluttered, painted and made minor repairs. It's all about decorating each room to its full potential.

Staging a room does not mean making it sterile and lifeless. The purpose of staging is to create a feeling of "warmth" and "hominess".

If there are 10 homes for sale in your neighborhood, you definitely want to "stage" your home before showing it because of the competition with the other homes. You want to make sure that your home is the one that buyers are most impressed by.

Staging Tricks & Tips

  • All Rooms:
    • Less is Best! Rooms that have too much furniture and accessories make a room look smaller. Consider the flow of traffic throughout the rooms. Reduce the furniture to create open floor space.
    • Vacant rooms will also make a room appear smaller. Adding a few furniture pieces, rug, and window treatments will show buyers a room's potential.
    • Depersonalize the room by removing family pictures, memorabilia, awards, diplomas and religious items. You want the buyer to be able to picture themselves living in that space.
    • Remove all offensive or controversial magazines and artwork. Take all the fish plaques or deer heads off the wall.
    • Open the windows when possible to let in fresh air. There is nothing worse than the smell of smoke or pet odors.
    • Brighten the room - Turn on the lights and open the curtains, drapes, blinds, try energy saving 60 watt light bulbs. A good window cleaning will let in more light.
    • Extra touches - Fresh flowers, a comfy throw on the couch, a new log in the fireplace.
  • Kitchen:
    • Apply orange oil to cabinets that appear worn to renew their original luster
    • Put out large bowls of fruit such as polished apples, bright oranges, luscious grapes
    • Arrange colorful and fun cookbooks on the counters
  • Bathrooms:
    • Add baskets filled with spa treatments such as Towels tied with ribbons, Scented soaps, Lotions, Moisturizing & Facial jars
    • Put aroma therapy candles along the edge of the jacuzzi tub
  • Decks and Landscaping:
    • Show off your "Outdoor" living space
    • Plants and potted flowers
    • Picnic tables with bright, plastic dinner plates, napkins and stemware
    • Put up strings of party lights or Chinese Paper Lanterns