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Updated by Beverly Bowen on Jun 03, 2018
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10 Staging Secrets from the Pros for Your Sarasota Suncoast Home

Get your Sarasota Suncoast home ready for the show! Learn these staging tips right from the pro and sell your home in no time! Check this list of Staging Secrets from the Pros for Your Sarasota Suncoast Home.



Remove clutter

Remove clutter

Decluttering is typically the first thing we tell clients to do to prepare their home for sale. And according to the National Association of Realtors, a whopping 93 percent of agents agree.1 Decluttering is the act of removing excess “stuff” from your home to make it appear clean and spacious.


Deep clean and deodorize

From carpets to bathrooms to appliances, having a clean home is a MUST. If you’ve ever checked into a dirty hotel room, you can imagine how buyers can be turned off by a home that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned.



Your family photos and personal mementos are often your most treasured possessions. For many of us, they are what make a house a home. However, buyers will have a hard time envisioning themselves living in a place if it feels like YOUR home.


Neutralize your color palette

Along those same lines, bold color choices may not appeal to all buyers. By incorporating a neutral color palette throughout your home, buyers can better visualize the addition of their own furniture and decor, which may contrast with your current color scheme.


Increase your curb appeal

You only get one chance to make a first impression. According to a 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors, 44 percent of home buyers drove by a property after viewing it online but did NOT go inside for a walk through. That means if your curb appeal is lacking, buyers may never make it through the door.


Freshen kitchens and baths

Kitchens and bathrooms will show better and appear larger if all items are cleared from the countertops, except for one or two decorative pieces.7 You should have already packed up non-essentials during your decluttering process, and the remaining items should be neatly stored in pantries and cupboards.


Set the table

Set the table

Buyers often imagine hosting family gatherings in their new home, and the dining room plays a large role in that vision. If your dining room chairs are stained or outdated, you may want to recover them or use slipcovers. In most cases, an imperfect table can be camouflaged with a neutral and stylish tablecloth.


Rearrange furniture

Start in your living room and think about what you want to emphasize (and de-emphasize) about the space. For example, do you have a beautiful fireplace or a stunning view? If so, arrange the furniture with that focal point in mind. Use a symmetrical seating arrangement to create a cozy conversation area adjacent to the focal point.


Lighten up

Lighting can have a drastic impact on the look and feel of a home. Few buyers seek out a dark house; most prefer one that’s light and bright. Make sure windows are clean, and open curtains and blinds to let in the maximum amount of daylight.


Highlight your backyard’s best features

While your home’s interior often takes center stage, don’t forget about staging your home’s outdoor areas to help buyers imagine how they could utilize the space.

Even a small patio can become a selling feature with the addition of a cafe table and chairs. Add a tray of plates and coffee cups to help buyers envision a peaceful breakfast on the back porch. Place chairs and wine glasses around an outdoor firepit or hang a hammock with a book in your favorite shady spot.3 These small, simple additions can help buyers visualize the possibilities your backyard has to offer.

  • I have been a full-tme Realtor since 1984. I have dedicated myself to helping people achieve their real estate goals. I love what I do and I walk the walk.

    I owned my own residential real estate company in Rhode Island. I have been a real estate investor and small scale developer since the 1970's.

    I have a wealth of experience to share, with all phases of construction, from site selection, through the processes of obtaining approvals, subdividing, to designing, building and marketing of home sites, spec homes,condos and custom homes.

    I also represented other builders and helped clients build new homes. I also have first-hand experience with tax-deferred exchanges and creative financing. When I moved here full-time in 1993 I joined the RE/MAX Alliance Group family.

    John and I met at a dance class and got married in 2011. We now work together as partners in the real estate business.

    We work with Sellers and Buyers, primarily By Referral. We are continually developing new ways to be useful resources for our clients.

    Together we have a perfectly wonderful blend of skills, knowledge and positive attitude to share with you and to benefit you, as our clients.

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