Tri Cities and Beyond: Preparing Your Home for Sale in Palm Beach County -Step 6-Let's Get Ready to Stage!

Preparing Your Home for Sale in Palm Beach County -Step 6-Let's Get Ready to Stage!

I love reading Kathy's Sunday recap, and if I were doing the top 10 for the week, this would be one of them.  Having a "show ready home" is so important.  Buyers need to feel good about a house they are making a decision about buying.  Not everyone can see passed the clutter.  Tackle it on the front end!

Preparing Your Home for Sale in Palm Beach County-Step 6-Let’s Get Ready to Stage!

If you’ve followed this series in Preparing Your Home for Sale, then you have How to stage your homecleaned, edited, packed, stored, repaired, updated and so much more.  You are now ready to Stage your house for sale!!!

First….remember that staging is NOT decorating.  It’s not necessary to go out and buy expensive furnishings and cover every flat surface with them.

Here are some key points you’ll want to remember:

1. Let your buyers see your space, not your things.

In this instance, less is more.  If your buyers’ eyes are bouncing around the room looking at all of the little knick knacks, then they’re not seeing your space.

group your items2. Think in three’s.  

When you’re grouping items on a shelf or table think in terms of groups of threes, or at least grouping your items rather than lining them up like little soldiers. Use different heights, different textures and different objects.

3.  Lighten up!

Remove your screens.  Did you know that removing them can let in about 10% more light?  If you haven’t already, clean your windows.  Add lamps to rooms so that buyers can see them. Pull back the drapes.



4.  Give the rooms a purpose.

You know that  “put it in there for now” room that everyone has? It is time to show that is indeed a room and not an inside garage. And, the children’s play room needs to be returned to the dining room it was meant to be.  

True, very few people use or need a dining room and yet, when they’re looking for a house, many want to see one.


Give the room a purpose

5. Pick a focal point for each room!

This is related to #1…. you want your buyers to see the whole room and not be too distracted.  You want their eyes to settle on one thing that brings them into the room.   It can be an architectural feature, a painting, the fireplace, even the outdoors!

6.  Create a path for your buyers.

Often how we arrange our furniture is very user specific…. how we watch the television, for example.   However you don’t want your buyers to have to navigate through tables and chairs to get into, through or around the room.

 Staging isn’t about decorating or illusions.  It’s making sure your buyers will see the possibilities!


Preparing your home for sale in Palm Beach County-

1. Start to think of it as a marketable property.

2. Start photographing it to really see it.

3. Clean, repair, replace.

4. Edit, donate, store, hide.

5. It would be so nice if…..



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Comment balloon 5 commentsCindy Edwards • October 21 2013 04:57AM


Hi Cindy,

Kathy has an unusual ability. She can transform a house into a home in hours.

Thanks for the post and the advice being shared.

Have a great day in Johnson City.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 5 years ago

CIndy, this is a great reblog...Kathy always has useful things to say!  Great job!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 5 years ago

Cindy- many thanks for the reblog!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Good choice for a re-blog. I also subscribe to Kathy's blogs and read all of them.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

I agree Clint

Ditto Kristin- Kathy is terrific

Thank you Kathy!!!

Good morning Roy- I like to find material that is alway fresh, Kathy is that way.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 5 years ago