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Set the Stage for Fall – Seven Tips for Home Staging that Sells

No detail is left untouched at 6210 Willow Lane in North Dallas. Listed by Faisal Halum. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

On average, a staged home sells 88 percent faster – and for 20 percent more – than a home that’s not, according to acclaimed professional stager Meridith Baer. Smart staging makes a major impact and creates an environment that leaves room for potential buyers to envision their own sense of style.

Reports from the National Association of Realtors state that homebuyers make their decision in the first 90 seconds of seeing a house. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced real estate agent and even a professional stager to prepare your home to appeal to the broadest number of people and bring the highest dollar.

So how do you make the maximum impact in that first minute and a half? Consider these tips:

Tour your home: Survey your home as if you were a potential buyer. Pay attention to where your focus is drawn; then pinpoint the best assets of each room. Highlight those assets – windows, tall ceilings, or a gracious fireplace.


3502 Cragmont Avenue

Listed by Shell Stegall

Neutral paint color: You don’t want potential buyers to be distracted by loud design elements or wall colors. Neutral colors make a room look light and bright.

3940 Wentwood Drive | University Park

3940 Wentwood Drive | University Park

Listed by Michelle Wood

Remove personal items: For potential buyers, it’s important to show the “bones” of the home. This requires removing any emotional attachment. Clutter makes a room look small. Open spaces provide room for a new vision.

3705 Normandy Avenue | Highland Park

3705 Normandy Avenue | Highland Park

Listed by Jackie Mcguire

Spruce up your curb appeal: Trim the lawn, weed and prune. Your outdoor space is the first thing your potential buyers see, so it’s imperative to make the perfect first impression.

4605 Tour 18 Drive | Flower Mound

4605 Tour 18 Drive | Flower Mound

Listed by Allison Hayden

Streamline your furniture: Make sure not to confine traffic flow when staging your furniture. Encourage imagination by removing extraneous pieces that don’t support the overall design. 

1854 Post Oak Place | Westlake

1854 Post Oak Place | Westlake

Listed by Jeff Watson

Do a thorough cleaning and neutralize odors: Clean carpets and sparkling windows are a must. Ask your agent or friend to perform a “nose check” – it’s likely you’re accustomed to smells of your home.


1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills

Listed by John Zimmerman

Don’t overlook repairs: Make sure that doors don’t stick, fixtures have light bulbs and cabinet hardware is secure. You want potential buyers to recognize that your home has been lovingly cared for.

6048 Meadow-road-75230-preston-hollow-amy-detwiler-briggs-freeman-sothebys-luxury-homes-for-sale-kitchen

6048 Meadow Road | Preston Hollow

Listed by Amy Detwiler

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