Staging a house for sale can make a huge difference in how quickly a home gets sold.

While the homeowner may love certain pieces of art or sports trophies as in the pictures seen here, it could distract a buyer who may not be able to imagine their furniture and décor. The current art or furnishings can be obtrusive to a new buyer who does not share your same taste. The same could be said for sports trophies. While I understand that the seller may be excited to show off the buck or marlin, it could turn some buyers off.

I remember the day I showed a certain house. We walked upstairs to the bonus room and turned on a light. I thought the light switch went to the ceiling fan/light. It actually turned on a staging light onto a large full size taxidermied elk behind a pane of glass. My clients were not impressed and wanted nothing more to do with the house, even though it was a wonderful home with a nice layout. The elk would be leaving with the current owners but the image was burned into the buyers minds and they just couldn’t see past it.

I typically tell sellers that less is more. They should declutter as much as possible, remove personal photographs and any art that could be considered offensive to another person. Let’s face it, as a seller you are moving and are going to need to box your stuff up eventually anyways, so you might as well go ahead and do it now.

After you remove paintings or family photos, you may need to touch up the wall from where the wall hangers or nails were. A fresh coat of paint will clean the room and make it more inviting. An inviting home is one that sell’s fast and lets you move on to your next home.