You've decided to sell your Tampa area home. Congrats! As you prepare to list your home on the market, staging the property is an important step. Staging your home reaps many benefits for home sellers. Studies have found that staged homes are sold faster and for a higher dollar value! Get a great return on your investment by taking the time to stage your home! Still not convinced? Check out these stats from the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of Home Staging!

Key Findings

Buyers’ Agent Perspective

  • 49% of buyers’ agents said staging had a positive effect on most buyer’s view of the home

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said buyers had an easier time visualizing the home as their own due to staging

  • 40% of buyers were willing to walk through a home that they saw online with staging

  • The most important rooms to stage were the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen

  • ⅓ of buyer’s agents said staged homes had an offered dollar value increase of 1% to 5%

Sellers’ Agent Perspective

  • 38% of sellers’ agents stage all homes prior to listing

  • The most common rooms staged were the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and dining room

  • 25% of sellers paid for the costs of staging before listing

  • 29% of sellers’ agents saw an increase of 1% to 5% of the dollar value offered by buyers

  • 21% of sellers' agents said dollar value of the home increased between 6% and 10% through staging

  • 39% of sellers’ agents cited staged homes moved faster off the market


5 Key Tips for Staging Your Home

1. Color | Choose light, neutral colors to paint your home. Create a clean, bright space that makes it easier for buyers to visualize themselves in the home and to make the rooms look larger. Warm colors can also create a soothing, relaxing feeling.

2. Cleaning and Repairs | Do a deep cleaning of your home to make it fresh and inviting. Make sure to complete any home maintenance projects that you have been meaning to complete.

3. Declutter and Depersonalize | It is very important that buyers can visualize their own families in your home. Remove personalized items that can be distracting during showings. Also, declutter and remove unnecessary objects to create clean, open spaces.

4. Make it Homey | Add flowers and candles to create an emotional connection for buyers and create a cozy atmosphere.

5. Furniture Placement | Only keep necessary furniture in order to showcase the size of the living spaces. Place furniture in places that highlight the architectural features of your home.

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Data Credit: National Association of REALTORS®