Advice: Listen to Your Agent when Staging Your Home

by Emily Shuffield 09/13/2020

Photo by John Wollwerth via Shutterstock

No matter how well-intentioned, when it’s time to sell your home taking the advice of friends and family while disregarding the advice of your agent is a recipe for slowing down your home’s sale. Your professional agent knows the current market and what buyers look for. In fact, they may even have specific buyers in mind; so mind your agent’s input for staging your home.

When staging, remember these things and follow your agent’s lead:

  • They know the competition. Your agent has seen other homes like yours on the market. They recognize that when buyers see two or three similar houses in the same neighborhood, the one that resonates is the one they choose. Pitting your DIY staging against a professional’s is not the battle you want to take on if selling your home is your goal.
  • Less is always more. Your agent knows that fewer pieces of furniture show your home better. But these aren’t just any pieces of furniture. Specific pieces attract buyers, while others repel them.
  • The same holds true for collectibles. Some buyers cannot see themselves in a home with specific memorabilia and collectibles. This group includes sports and competition awards, trophies or doll and figurine collections. Even rock displays can be off-putting. Anything that personalizes your home makes it harder for buyers to see themselves there.
  • Be willing to paint. Even if the deep, ocean blue wall evokes restful imagery to you, it may instill irritation in a potential purchaser. If your agent suggests toning down a color or painting a room in a neutral rather than orange, go with it. The best options are pale shades of cool or warm neutrals that showcase architectural details such as trim and crown-molding.

For the most exceptional selling experience, trust your real estate professional. They know the market, the pool of buyers and the competition. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, call for a consultation today.

About the Author
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Emily Shuffield

Dedication | Communication | Trust
I’m dedicated to helping my clients navigate the home buying/selling process as they shift from one chapter to another. This process isn’t just about finding a house, it’s about building a home. The people you’ll meet, the schools you’ll choose, the community you’ll join… this process is so important for so many reasons and ultimately will shape who you become. I’m committed to helping you and your family make the right decisions, provide you with industry expertise and realistic expectations to insure your story has a perfect ending.

Things that make me happy:
● Family is what I live for – Work Hard – Play Harder
● I LOVE lifting heavy things!
● Everything Outdoors: Campfires, 14ers, boating, fishing, snowboarding & the night sky.
● Bourbon Connoisseur – I love them all but a few of my favorites: Blanton’s, Basil Haden, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, Angle Envy and Bookers.