Should You Stage Your Home? |

Feb 05, 2013, 19:50 ET from

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- You love the way your home looks. Heck, you spent the last several years picking out the perfect paint colors and making the perfect renovations! However, if you've seen the real estate experts at talk about the benefits of home staging, you might be wondering if it's for you.

But how do you know if you should be a stager – or if your home is good enough just the way it is?

If you think that staging is something that you do only when your home is empty (like if you've already moved all of your stuff to your new home), think again! Yes, empty homes DO need to be staged, but they're not the only ones that do. In fact, very full homes need to be staged, too!'s real estate outlook: The Economy is Shrinking – But It Won't Affect Housing

What do we mean by "very full"?

Take an honest look around your home. Do all of your day-to-day things make your home look smaller than it really is? For example, are you trying to cram a tiny home office into the corner of your bedroom? Or, are you trying to squeeze a workout station into your guest room? That filing cabinet and that treadmill are making your rooms look a whole lot more cramped than they should. That's a real turn-off to buyers – one that could likely cause them to say "no thanks", instead of making an offer.

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But by staging those rooms – and getting rid of any furniture and accessories that don't "belong" there – you can make those rooms look much bigger than they do right now. As a result, potential buyers will instantly notice how spacious they are.

However, de-cluttering isn't the only reason to stage your home. De-personalizing is a big reason to do it, too.'s mortgage news: Walk Away From Your Mortgage? A New Rule Just Might Let You

Remember, as the real estate experts at always say, the goal of every showing is for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home. However, if your personal stuff is everywhere – like wedding photos and family knick-knacks – they're going to feel like guests. By doing some simple staging (like removing those personal objects and replacing them with attractive, non-personal stuff), you  can make your home look great AND make sure that no one feels like they're invading your personal space when they walk in.

The best part about these staging scenarios is that they won't cost you very much money. In contrast to an empty home that needs to be staged from scratch, these staging tips come with a tiny price tag. All you'll need to buy are some simple, un-personal accessories (or, in the de-cluttering example, perhaps a small storage unit for your excess stuff). That's it!

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