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Staged to Sell

Thanks to Rachel Wiederhold, ASP of 5 Star Staging, LLC for being our guest blogger!

before and after home staging

Images courtesy of 5 Star Staging, LLC.

So you’re selling your home. It’s a great house, perfect location, wonderful neighborhood, highly rated school district, there’s no reason to do anything more to do to place it on the real estate market, right? WRONG!!

Factors to consider

Does your home look like it could be in a magazine? If you said yes, then I’ll take back my WRONG.

Take a picture of your living, dining, kitchen, and bedrooms. Do they look picture perfect? Do they look spacious? Does the furniture arrangement look open and inviting? Is there any clutter? Are there too many pieces of furniture? Is your wall color and décor neutral? Are there any personal pictures, awards or religious symbols?

Depending upon how you answered these questions – and if you’re like most folks – you could probably use some help with getting your home ready to be placed on the real estate market. That’s where a stager could help.

But I don’t have money for a stager. Hold up, you mean you think a price reduction is less than the cost of staging? The average price reduction is 1% off the asking price. As a stager, I’ll tell you the cost of investing in staging is always less than a price reduction on your home.

Stagers provide a variety of services. My staging company, 5 Star Staging, LLC offers verbal & written consultations, partial & full staging, as well as accessory packages. We customize our staging packages to meet our client’s needs. With verbal consultations priced at $175, staging is affordable to any home owner. Consultations will give you a plan of action to minimize furnishings and clutter. We provide you with the knowledge to neutralize and de-personalize your home for buyers to see themselves living there. We offer tips on how to reorganize furnishings and stylize your home to have buyers excited to place an offer.

If you have a vacant home, that’s no problem. We have our own inventory of furniture and can bring in furnishings and accessories to enhance your home, highlight architectural features and create a spacious and inviting environment that has potential buyers ready to move in.

Have furniture, but dated décor? We can help here as well by bringing in artwork, accessories, pillows, etc. We can refresh and renew the look of your home. You may not even want to move after seeing what how your home transforms into a stylish and appealing masterpiece.


Yes, that’s what you want. That’s what we want. Just ask Gigi, visit our website or talk to our prior clients and they’ll tell you staging works. Some of our client’s homes have gone under contract in less than a week after staging and being placed on the market. On average, staged homes go under contract in 23 days vs. 184 days, which is the national average. The National Association of Realtors did a 2015 profile on home staging that gives some great statics on home staging explaining how buyers are influenced positively by staged homes and some are more inclined to offer more for a staged home. We see the positive results of our work and our clients experience these results. You can too, just give us a call (443) 648-5577 or email us info@fivestarstaging.com.

All the best to you in selling your home!

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