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Stacey Sanders
Broker, Weichert, Realtors® - Porter Properties
President, Alabama Association of Realtors®
April 22, 2019


They say that first impressions are everything. This is true too when it comes to selling houses. To make an indelible, positive first impression, consider staging your home. Recent studies suggest that home staging may mean a quicker sale, for a better price. According to research conducted by National Association of Realtors®, the majority of sellers’ agents (53%) say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market while 44% of buyers’ agents say that staging a home increases the dollar value offered.

Not every room must be staged, but your key locations are the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and dining room. Think about making smaller rooms seem more spacious by temporarily storing some furniture. If a room seems dark, brighten it up with more lamps, window treatments that allow more light into the room, or lighter paint colors.

Whether you stage your home or not, decluttering is nearly always recommended because it eliminates distractions and allows the potential buyers to more easily envision themselves living in the home.

It is important to note that staging your home is not a criticism of your personal style or design aesthetic. It is about making your home as appealing as possible to the general public so that you can walk away with a successful sale of your home, in the quickest amount of time and for the highest price the market will bear.

For more information on the National Association of Realtors®’ research report on home staging: