Top tips for home staging

Home staging isn’t decorating, according to real-estate professionals. It’s more like depersonalizing a home so that prospective buyers can imagine themselves in it.

Winter home staging tricks are just as essential as summer and springtime. The general belief is that warmer months are the best time for putting your house on the market, but did you know that winter is a great time to sell? While the season has its own unique set of challenges, you have a better chance of getting your home sold due to less competition. All it requires is staging with a bit more creativity than the spring and summer seasons. By adding the cozy factor, paying attention to details, and highlighting seasonal features, you can make your property really stand out.

Winter Staging Tip: Consider your Lighting Sources in your Home Staging. Since buyers may visit your home in the evening, make sure your home is bright and well lit.

Hire the pros to do the heavy lifting

You’ve decided to put the house on the market and getting it ready to show in a competitive market seems like a daunting task. Getting rid that old couch in the den… or storing excess furnishings the home “stager” suggested be removed… and what about the contents of the garage? We can help! We’re not in the “home staging” business but we work closely with those who are. Let us do the heavy lifting and handle the storage of your possessions. Our moving teams work regularly with realtors and home “stagers” to help them get properties organized and ready to show… all year ’round.

Winter Staging Tip: Winter is the season for celebration and that gives you a good reason to put up some holiday decorations to give your home a happy, cheerful, and a friendly vibe. But this is not the time to decorate your house like a Christmas tree. Loudly laughing Santas, noisy symbols, and bright colored decorations are better scaled down or not used at all.

Today’s version of “cinnamon in the oven”

Buyers will compare every property they’re looking at. They are more sophisticated than ever before, and expectations are high. Gone are the days of a buyer visiting the home before knowing a lot about it. Buyers today are looking at properties online before deciding if it’s worth the visit. The warm scent of cinnamon has been replaced by virtual tours and professional photographs, as the first hook to engage their interest.

Over half (58%) of Seller’s Agents believe staging increased the value of the home 5 to 20% (Source: NAR 2017 Profile of Home Staging Report)

Winter Staging Tip: Turn your thermostat up a few degrees to ensure buyers are comfortable, even on the coldest days, and if you have a gas fireplace, light a fire. Buyers will love to walk in and see a warm, crackling fire

Decluttering and storing your possessions

A home on the market must be appealing and valuable to as many people as possible. And it must outshine the competition. A few moments of clearing clutter prior to a showing can go a long way! Your potential buyers are then greeted by a peaceful sanctuary instead of a cluttered palace!  One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. What exactly does that mean?
That means we can help with moving, furniture storage and any heavy lifting that needs to be done… And when your house sells we will  seamlessly move your stored belongings and the remaining contents of your home to your new location.

Temperature fluctuations and humidity are the biggest enemies of wood, fabric and leather. Central Maine Moving & Storage offers the only climate-controlled, military approved storage facility in the state. That means your furniture will be safely stored and returned to you “exactly” as the day it was received and cataloged by us.

Whether short-term or long-term or somewhere in between, our storage solutions will provide you with the security and flexibility to maintain your furniture until you’re ready. You can leave it to our moving crew to safely transfer furniture and boxes to and from our climate controlled storage facility and your home.

Winter Staging Tip: All areas of the yard should be accessible for buyers. That means, not only do you need to a clear path to the front door but also to any outdoor areas the potential buyer may want to view.  This means sheds, patios, garages, and recreational areas.

According to “Zillow”

According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, 82 percent of urban sellers, 71 percent of suburban sellers, and 61 percent of rural sellers say that staging their home is one of the top pre-listing activities they complete.”



Moving, storage or packing, we’ll work with you, your realtor and home staging professional any time of the year to prepare your home for showing in a competitive real estate market.


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