Updated: Aug 6

Some buyers see an empty home like a blank canvas ready to be painted, while others might find it daunting. Good staging can help buyers imagine themselves...their furniture, their dog, their life... in that home.

Bring on the warm, fuzzy feelings and the sales contract to sign!

What does staging a house mean?

It's a process of decorating and furnishing a home to make the house look it's best while on the market.

Tips on Staging a Home


Cleaning and removing items that don't necessarily need to be out like personal items, remotes, extra blankets, etc. A clean room can make an area look bigger! Remove any worn, oversized, or extremely taste-specific furnishings, leaving a spacious, neutral palette for the buyer's imagination.

Crank up the lighting:

Make sure the curtains are open and there is proper lighting. Adding additional lamps or even changing light bulbs to different color temperatures or wattage can help.

Work on curb appeal:

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Get buyers in the door by making sure the lawn is mowed, windows are clean, plants are well kept, and walkways and driveways are power-washed.

And if this is all too much to handle... Hire a professional!

There is more we didn't even cover, like renting furniture, knowing your buyer audience, and even dealing with pets!

Luckily there are Home Staging Professionals who can help you! Ask your Principal Broker, other brokers, or even Google to track one down.

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A WVMLS Member recently reported that within 24 hours of posting a new Active listing to the MLS, it was fraudulently posted "For Rent" on rental sites by scammers.

Zumper and Facebook Marketplace were used in this instance, but Craigslist is also a common platform for false rentals pulled from legitimate real estate ads. Fraudsters use this ploy to trick potential renters into sending application fees or deposits before they find out the HOME IS FOR SALE, not for rent at all!

While we don't know of any way to prevent this illegal practice, we recommend the following:

A) Communicate with all your sellers about rental scams. Ask them to report anything to you that doesn't seem right while the listing is Active.

B) Search the property address on Google....Often. Finding these scams and shutting them down quickly is the way to go.

As a listing broker, if your listing is hijacked, here's what to do next:

  1. Take Notes - Take screenshots and take down the contact information listed and where fraudulent listings were posted.

  2. Contact the rental website(s) - Have website remove the listings immediately.

  3. Report findings to the FTC

  4. Report scam to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

  5. Report scram to local law enforcement - Just in case there was someone in the community who fell for the scam.

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