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Top 15 Rules To Staging A Home

In a recent study by Duke University, tried to determine if some home staging rules will give you more “bank for your buck” in terms of cost effectiveness. They were also interested in the psychology behind effective staging principles, on both emotional and cognitive levels.

Top 15 Staging Rules

These are the top 15 staging rules listed with the most importantly ranked at the top of this list:

  1. Removal of personal items from bathrooms.
  2. Using rooms for their intended purpose.
  3. Removing evidence of pets.
  4. Turning on every light in the home during showings.
  5. Vacant homes should be furnished.
  6. Removal of garbage cans.
  7. Removal of personal photographs.
  8. Removal attention-grabbing or personal art or accessories.
  9. Neutral paint colors on all walls.
  10. Removal of appliances from kitchen counters.
  11. Never placing the back of furniture facing any room entrance.
  12. “Tell a story” with staging (breakfast tray with mugs on bed).
  13. Sheer or no coverings on all windows.
  14. Use of scented candles, plug-in air fresheners or potpourri.
  15. Chocolate chips baking in oven during showings.

Commonly reported additional rules that didn’t make the top 15 include an extremely clean, decluttered house with good curb appeal.

What do you think? Have a staging secret you can share?


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1 Comment → “Top 15 Rules To Staging A Home”

  1. The Graces - ReMax Hallmark

    Aug 05, 2011

    Point 2 is very important and a subject that many home owners challeng us on. If you use the smallest room in your Beach house as a home office, yes, it should be made back into a bedroom for the sale! But we cover all of this, and more, in our complimentary staging consultations.


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