Selling Advice

Staging Your Home: Is It Essential?

Recently, I have listed two properties in Waikoloa Village. Both properties needed to be staged before going on the market to sell. I enjoy staging a home, and I also enjoy giving pointers to those doing it themselves.

Staging a Home Pays Off

According to the National Association of Realtors, statistics show that staging a home allows the seller to receive a 17%-20% increase in sales price. It also lowers the days on the market (95% of staged homes sell in less than 11 days). Staging helps with marketing materials such as professional photos, flyers, social media, newsletters, mailers, and much more.

MLS #651775 – Staged to Sell by Leeana Runningbear

Grabbing the Attention of Buyers

Staging a home is just one part of selling a home. Attention to detail, accentuating the positive, and taking the time to think like a buyer is imperative when preparing your home for potential buyers. It is no longer an option; it’s a requirement. You want the buyer to visualize themselves and their families in the home. It’s about helping the buyer get in the mood to buy your home.

Staging Your Home Like a Pro

  1. Professionally Cleaned: Make sure the home is thoroughly cleaned and all windows & carpets. Hiring a professional cleaning service to do a deep cleaning before selling the house will significantly increase sales.
  2. Depersonalize: Make it easy for buyers to enjoy the home. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine walking through the house.
  3. Organization: Show the buyers that there is a lot of storage, counters, closets. Remember, buyers, look in these places.
  4. Move Furniture: Make sure you remove too much furniture or furnishings that may block pathways.
  5. Accentuate: You can add simple things like pillows and accessories. Keep the colors the same and use coastal themes (aqua and blues are popular).
  6. Make it Light and Bright: More light is always better. Remove items blocking windows, open blinds, and add lights if needed.
  7. Artwork and Nature: If you have artwork, keep it simple (landscapes or calming subjects). Add greenery such as green plants, orchids, or event realistic plastic green plants.
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MLS #649142 – Guided sellers to stage to sell


When a client is staging a home themselves, I always tell them “less is more.” Keep the house clean, tidy, and accessible. Remember when you are staging a home, your new motto — “less is more.”

Final Thoughts

Your home may not need a professional stager. It may only need decluttering, de-personalizing, and deep cleaning. I often stage a home by re-staging furniture and adding simple items to create an appealing environment for the buyer. It helps to create a welcoming feel. Simplicity is key.

With aloha,

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