An inside look: Eight seconds. That's all it takes for most buyers to form a first opinion or your house.


As buyers step inside, you want them to feel as if they’re making a grand entrance. You have eight seconds: show the best room first, so buyers are enchanted enough to see the remainder of the home.

Improve the perception of spaciousness by removing knickknacks and oversized furniture. Less is often more. Also, be sure each room has an obvious traffic flow to help buyers move through easily.

Consult this checklist for effective staging suggestions;

Clean up – Cleaning every room from top to bottom is an absolute must, including closets and cabinets. Don’t forget to mop hardwood floors to make them shine.

De-clutter and De-personalize – Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your space. Help them by removing personal items, pictures and knickknacks from walls and tables.

Open Windows – Let in some fresh air by opening windows, especially if your home has pets.

Make it Cozy – Show off fireplaces by lighting them to create an atmosphere.

Awaken Other Senses – Bake some cookies, light a candle or play soft music. These subtle sensory stimuli can enhance the pleasant impression of your home.

Lighten Up – make your home feel bright and alive – Pull open window coverings and turn on all the lights, even the ones over appliances and in closets.



Prospective buyers need to feel free to explore and tend to prefer it when the current homeowner is not present.


Staged homes are perceived to be comfortable, attractive, and well-cared for, which is why home staging is a valuable exercise when you want your home to stand out in a buyer’s mind.  

Jim Chapman

Jim Chapman

CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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