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It’s time for another Tip Tuesday! This article will be all about staging…

What is staging?

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace.

What is the goal of staging a home?

The goal of staging is to make your home as appealing as possible, to as many different potential buyers as possible.

Why does proper staging matter?

Simply put, the better your home is staged, the quicker it will sell and it will sell for more. That’s a win-win! Sale price can be boosted as much as 10 percent. Let that sink in…

How to stage your home

The best-staged homes strike the balance between lived-in and never owned. How can you apply that science when staging your home? The answer is the form-follows-function principle. In other words, it is the idea that the shape of a building (or in this case room) is primarily based upon its intended use.


A great starting point is to map out your home and make a list of all the rooms. Decide what the purpose or function is of each room and write it down next to the room. Then, follow up with these tips below:

  • Remove anything from the room that doesn’t fit the intended purpose of the space. An easy way to do this is to simply say aloud the intended function of the room. Once saying it aloud, it should be very clear whether the object in question fits the intended room.
  • Delineate sections in a room with area rugs, and “float” furniture away from walls and on and around the space.
  • Group solid furnishings, like sectionals or bookcases, with visually lighter pieces, like a glass side table or raised bench, to convey spaciousness over sparseness.
  • Mix general and task lighting in rooms that see the most traffic. Install lighting between open-air shelving or underneath overhead cabinetry in the kitchen, and place a small lamp on a desk or workspace in a child’s bedroom.
  • Accessorize sparingly. Display only a handful of books with like-colored bindings in bookcases or shelving units, add one (thriving!) houseplant to a side table, or hang one statement piece of artwork (scaled appropriately) over a bed or fireplace.

A fun and practical adventure

A great way to really get a feel for staging is to see it in person. Attend open houses and events like Homerama to understand what, in your opinion, is a great job of staging. Whatever you decide you like, in terms of staging, apply that to your home.


Stage your home using the form-follows-function principle with these tips and you'll be well on your way to selling your home quicker and for more money. 

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