Staging can make a big difference in how a homebuyer feels about your home. it’s the art of accentuating the positive and minimizing the negative. This is the art of placing furniture and decorations in a┬ároom such that it is inviting and gives the proper impression. It also often means removing some of the normal contents of a room, in order for it to feel open, larger and more inviting.

When Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Altos, CA looked at nearly 2,800 properties in eight U.S. cities in 2004, they found that the staged homes, on average, sold in half the time that the non-staged homes did. The sellers with staged homes ended up with 6.3% more than their asking price, on average, while sellers with non-staged homes sold for 1.6% more than the asking price.