Why You Should Stage Your Home

Our guest blogger, Lisa Ryan of Smart Move Design, has been helping Central New York sellers ready their homes for market since 2008. I’ve watched houses transform under her talented hands from ho-hum to a head-turner.

So you’ve heard of home staging.  You may have even seen the home staging shows such as HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” or A&E’s “Sell This House”.  But can you relate home staging to your own home?

Why should you put money into a home you are selling?  Why not sell it “as is” and have
the buyers change the paint color or update the lighting to what they want?  Because while
you will sometimes get a buyer who doesn’t mind doing the updating, you will narrow your pool of buyers considerably.

Buyers are picky these days. And like it or not, they want to purchase a home that is
move-in ready. They want a home they can aspire to live in.  No buyer aspires to live in
a cluttered, outdated home, or a home that is too taste specific.  Painting your walls a neutral color makes your home appeal to more buyers.  Removing the old wallpaper also really
helps.  Updating light fixtures and kitchen or bath hardware will bring you a good return on your

Staging doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. A staging consultation is a minimal investment.
It takes you room by room with a professional, and shows you how to find easy fixes that will add perceived value to your home. We know budgets are tight and we look for creative solutions.

Only 10% of buyers can see a home’s potential. Staging your home shows them that
potential. This helps get your home in and out of the market faster and for more money.


 Lisa Ryan is generally elbow deep helping Syracuse area homeowners get ready for market, but she can be reached at Smart Move Design, 315.383.1078, or you can email her at Lisa@SmartMoveDesign.com.

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