April 3, 2022

 The do’s and don’ts when you start real estate negotiations  

Viewing a house for sale requires buyers to visualize the property as a future place to call home. Would-be buyers often rely on their imagination for how they want to design the property as homeowners and what that man cave set-up in the basement could look like. 

Staging your home before you put it on the market is a great way to impress potential buyers or create a living space homeowners may prefer.Eighty-two percent of buyers’ agents said staging made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.” – National Association of REALTORS® 2021 Profile of Home Staging. 

Buyers want to be able to picture the home’s interior designs in the easiest way possible. Staging your home with even the smallest touches like new bathroom towels, drapes over the windows or flowers on a coffee table will liven up your listing and make a big difference to the buyer. 


The staging doesn’t need to be over the top to make a big impact. Here are some simple staging tips that will help you spruce up your listing and stay ahead of the market: 

    • Declutter living spaces. It is a good idea to clear all unnecessary objects throughout the house, such as magazines on the coffee table and bathroom items around the sink. In addition, take down magnets and pictures from your refrigerator and remove clothes you do not wear from closets to show a cleaner, more spacious area.
    • Refresh your walls. Remove and rearrange artwork or photos and then patch and paint interior walls to give buyers a better visual of each room. A new coat of paint can brighten up rooms and give the interior a facelift. Something as simple as refreshing walls can affect a buyer’s perception of the home’s value and potentially raise the price.  
    • Personalize spare rooms. Buyers will have different needs depending on family size, and it is wise to stage a spare bedroom based on your target buyers. If you are putting a condo on the market, you might want to stage the spare bedroom as office space for young and single professionals. Make sure the room is comfortable, has overhead lighting, plenty of room for a desk and an area for filing cabinets.

By simply following a few staging tips, you can increase your home’s value and help it sell more quickly. For more information on buying, selling, or leasing your home visit and find a San Antonio area REALTOR® today.