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Best of 2014: 11 Staging Tips to Get Your Listings Sold

We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published back in October and is #8 in our countdown. See #9 here.

Sometimes a few interior tweaks are all you need to help your stagnant listings fly off the market. We've rounded up successful real estate agents, professional stagers and interior designers to share staging secrets so you can focus more on closings and less on staging!

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1. Virtual Staging: 92% of homebuyers search online during their home search, so your first step should be staging your listings appropriately for photographs. Lisa Reinecke and Lois Marris, RE/MAX North CentralRE/MAX North Central, shared a must-follow list of virtual staging tips:

  • Remove decorative items from tops of cabinets; they can appear as clutter in small photos.
  • Never show an empty space. If you have a vacant listing, invest in a whole-house staging to highlight how the space can be used with furniture that is appropriate for the size of the room.

2. Digital photo gallery: If the homeowner has digital photos of the exterior (gardens, outdoor entertaining areas, pool area etc.), set up a photo slideshow in a digital photo frame and play during showings. Buyers will be able to see the full potential of the home's outdoor space, said Charlene Storozuk of Dezigner DigzDezigner Digz. This tip is especially useful for homes listed during the off-season or in inclement weather.