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2017 Profile Of Home Staging

View The National Association of Realtors® 2017 Profile of Home Staging.
According to NAR’s 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 49% percent of buyers’ agents cited that homes staging influenced most buyer’s view of the home. 77% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home. Staging the living room for buyers was found to be most important, followed by staging the master bedroom, and staging the kitchen. The report also cited that about one third of buyer’s agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between one and five percent compared to other similar homes on the market that were not staged.

Conquer The Clutter and Dirt

Home buyers view homes for about 10 minutes. That first impression on prospective buyers should be a lasting and positive one. Home staging is about illusions. It's magical. It's beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about perfecting the art of creating moods. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, and best of all, it makes homebuyers want to buy it.
  • Organize a yard sale before you list your home. 
  • Rent a storage unit and get rid of about half the furniture and most of the personal items.
  • Think clean and open spaces, clear off all surfaces and keep only a few decorative accessories.
  • Take a tour of your home and give it a critical look. Get picky!
  • Make a list of things you’d like to improve and make repairs.
  • Keep your place smelling clean, fresh, and new by removing smoking, pets and cooking orders.
  • A dining room should be a dining room.
  • Clean your carpets, deep clean tile and grout.
  • Clean and touch up the paint at walls, baseboards & doors.
  • Clear off the countertops in your kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Wash all of the windows so natural light can fill the space.
  • Remove all personal items, photographs, diplomas, and certificates.
  • Let the homebuyers see all the rooms and return rooms to their original state.
  • Bring in new towels and finish the look with a vase of fresh flowers and candles.
  • Keep out only a few essentials to give your home generic appeal–throw pillows, candles, and fresh flowers are great!

First Rule Of Home Staging

Declutter. Edit your space. Get organized. You’ve probably heard all sorts of classic advice like this for getting your home sale-ready. But it’s helpful to know the goal behind these tips. By paring down and minimizing distracting elements in your home, you give potential buyers the ability to imagine themselves living inside it.

Second Rule of Home Staging

The overall goal of home staging is to make your home shine. After paring down to just the essentials,the next staging step is to give your home a light makeover to make it look — and feel — neat, fresh and pleasant.Buyers don’t expect everything to be new, but they don’t want to be turned off by worn items or unpleasant odors.

Third Rule Of Home Staging

When it comes to staging a home for sale, the classic advice to keep color schemes neutral is still spot-on. White or pale hues make a space feel simple, serene and more expansive. These unobtrusive colors act as a blank canvas; they allow potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.


In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects — think of it as a pocket-size table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home.


Most interior decorators will tell you that odd-numbered groupings can be very effective. When organizing vignettes of accessories, vary the shape, color, and size and don't line them up.