Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home

Posted by on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 12:24pm.    832 Views

Home Staging is a Value Added Service that I provide to all of my sellers.

Your home is your most valued asset. When selling,  your house has to stand out from the competition. It does not matter what size or price your home is...staging is important.  I have staged homes from $50,000 to $800,000 in the greater Dayton area, Cincinnati, Springboro and Lebanon with over 30 million dollars worth of real estate before I became a realtor.

My analogy is....pretend you home is in a beauty contest.  All the hair, makeup and gown it's all  perfect.  You however, are in your torn jeans, messy hair and no makeup. Yikes!  Guess who is not going to win the pageant.  Not you.

Same goes with your home, the judges are the buyers that are looking at homes on line in their targeted area.  You need to shine both inside and out.

Here are the benefits to staging your home to sell.

Top Ten Reasons to Stage your home

1.  Staged homes sell faster and for more money.

2.  Staged home attract more buyers and offers.

3.  Buyers feel a staged home is well cared for.

4.  Staged homes are more likely to appraise higher.

5.  Home inspectors view a staged home as well maintained.

6.  Empty rooms show smaller and buyers focus on negative details.

7.  Staged homes look so much better on-line and in marketing material.

8.  A staged home has more showings.

9.  Realtors prefer to show staged homes first.

10.  Hire a professional stager with a strong portfolio.

As a real estate agent and home stager I can offer a turn-key process that is stress free.  I also have a contractor that I use for all of the repairs.  I will transform you home into a home that will appeal to a broad range of buyers.

Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression

Below you will find before and after pictures of rooms I have staged.

Before staging: boring mantel, this is the focal point of the room.  This is exactly how I found it when I first walked into the house. Nothing made any sense, just a bunch of stuff that was not related.

After Staging:  Now this is a room I want to sit in.  The mantel is the focal point that makes design sense.  I added the chairs, table from another room was wasn't used,  curtains and  plant stand and accessories from my collection.  Re-arranged the bookcase.  Simple as that.

Before Staging:  Cluttered miss mash of books and things.  This is the focal point of the library.  I pulled everything out and put it back together. See below. 


After Staging:    Wow what a difference.  These bookcases are organized by alike color, size and style of book.  The accessories are placed to pull the eye into the bookcases. Now these bookcases have room to breath and actually made the room feel larger because you can see the back of the bookcases. Actually this room sold the house.  This was my first listing in Oakwood.

I can do the same for you. 

Call for a free consultation and home evaluation


Look for my next blog post regarding:   What is your return of investment when updating your home when...

"Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home"

4 Responses to "Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home"

Kay wrote: I really love your examples and work Tamara. Our home is in Lebanon, Ohio, do you work out this way? We're considering selling around June and timing it with my hubby's job and have to find the right house for sale in Columbus.

Posted on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 1:57pm.

JoAnn Doss wrote: Tamara,

As a Realtor, I so appreciate this post. It's so important to "dress for success" when it comes to selling a home. Real Estate is no different than anything else for sale, perhaps more complex, but buyers have to be able to imagine their belongings and life in a home. It should have some decor to make it feel like a house, but not cluttered, and should be clean.

Posted on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 3:41pm.

Paula wrote: Wow, the pictures really do show the difference staging makes. It is interesting that people live in their homes in the before pictures. They wait until they sell their home to make it look livable. Interesting. I'm thinking about selling in spring, and would hire you in a minute. Talk about time saving, having the realtor and stager in one. Great idea!

Posted on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 3:45pm.

Tamara Leach wrote: Look for my next blog regarding.... What is your return on investment on updates and repairs when....
"Setting the Stage to Sell Your Home Series"

Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 12:01pm.

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