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Dallas Real Estate- Showing Your House

I have found from experience that the activity during the first two weeks a home is on the market tends to predict how long it will take to sell. Potential buyers eagerly jump on new homes on the market.

I am an ASP, Accredited Staging Professional. This means that I've taken the classes to become certified in better helping my sellers STAGE® their homes in order to help them sell faster and for higher dollar.

Here are some "STAGING®" tips you might find helpful:

* Keep your home in "show shape." Make sure that beds are made, dishes are in the dishwasher or put away, everything is picked up, and the kitchen and bathrooms sparkle. Let your counter space show, so put things away.

* Decorate with fresh flowers. Many home sellers use potted flowering plants that last much longer than cut flowers. Place them inside and out. They really add cheer!

* Turn on lights; replace all burned-out bulbs. Open blinds and draperies. Let the natural light in.

* Confine pets and keep them out of sight when possible. They can be distracting, and some people have allergies.

* Create a relaxed atmosphere with soft background music. Do not think the music in the family room needs to be heard in the back of the house if you don't have speakers in the various rooms. Loud music is distracting.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to call or email me.

Comment balloon 2 commentsDonna Harris • February 16 2007 11:09AM


There are certainly a lot of staging courses out there. I find it's also been very helpful to read some good books on Feng Shui - often the same principles are at work.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 13 years ago

Sharon, I had a listing appt at a house last year where I was giving some suggestions on how to show the space a little better as the walking paths were confusing and it was just awkward... they told me that they flew a Feng Shui expert in from California and spent $5000 to make sure their home was "decorated" correctly for a good flow of energy.  They even had a meditation room...

I told them they didn't waste their $5000 for living there, per se, but you don't decorate to sell, you stage.  They never did put their house on the market, but they've emailed me several times over the year saying they'll probably be ready this Spring and they still wanting me to handle the listing...  I guess they liked my honesty.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago