When Selling Your Home, Do You Need to Stage It?

We are often asked whether or not a home needs to be “staged” when selling. And the answers is “It depends”.

There are different degrees of staging and your Realtor can help you decide which one works best for you.


The most simple staging involves you preparing your home for market by cleaning & streamlining your house to look as appealing as possible. Your Realtor can do a walkthrough with you and give suggestions. This could include quick fixes like cleaning out your closets so they are only 1/3 full (so buyers feel like there is plenty of storage), clearing your kitchen counters (so buyers envision ample counter space) or hanging baskets of flowers on your front porch (for a friendly, welcome pop of color). There is no additional cost for this option.


The next level up might include a consultation with a professional stager. In Northern Virginia, this could cost in the $300+ range – depending on how much time the stager spends with you. The stager meets with you in your home, walks through with you and provides you with tips to implement to make your home more appealing. The stager might suggest things like removing certain pieces of furniture, rearranging others, removing draperies or regrouping wall hangings – to increase appeal, draw buyers’ eyes away from (or toward) certain features of your home and to help them envision how they would live there.


Full staging is often used for new and/or vacant homes. The staging company will furnish some or all of your rooms. It’s a lot easier for Buyers to picture themselves in a home when the stager paints the picture for them. Partial staging is also an option and the stager can help you with storing some of your furniture, bringing in better pieces and developing a cohesive and attractive color scheme that appeals. As an example, you may have a HUGE dining room table – which is great for having the whole family for holiday meals. But if it overwhelms your dining room, potential Buyers may rule your home out because the dining room feels small. A stager can store your table and bring in one of her own that is more conducive to the room size.

Here’s an example of what happens when you stage and your competition does not!

Recently, we put a condo on the market. There were a number of other units in the same condominium for sale. None of the others were staged. And they had been on the market for a while.

When we listed our unit, we provided a staging consultation to our Sellers and at our recommendation the Seller went with Option 3. The cost for staging was $1,450.

Here’s what it looked like:

3000 Spout Run Parkway #A504 Arlington VA

When our unit came on the market, the others all reduced their prices.So – what happened? Was it worth it?

Absolutely! Within one weekend, our Seller’s unit was under contract. What about the others? Well – weeks later they are still for sale. And we know that per NAR stats, the longer a home is on the market, the less it will sell for.

Contact Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you are thinking of selling. We are happy to provide you with our FREE REPORT “90 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Market” .


To Stage or Not To Stage – THAT Is The Question!

  • Should you “stage” your home before you put your home on the market?
  • Does it really make a difference?
  • Is it worth the money & time spent?

These are great questions! Here is the research-based answer:

The Belt Team is all about maximizing profits for our Sellers. It’s why we pay for a PROFESSIONAL stager to consult with all of our Sellers before they go on the market. We go the extra mile to ensure you get the most when you sell your home.

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Northern Virginia, call Belt Team CEO, Terry Belt, at (703) 242-3975. We’ll schedule your listing consultation, and schedule a consultation with our professional stager so you are ready when we send a professional photographer to shoot the photos of your home!

Terry Belt & The Belt Team: Ranked in the Top 10 Real Estate Teams in The State of VA by Wall Street Journal

Does Staging Your Home Make A Difference In Sales Price?

If you’re selling your home, you may be thinking about staging & whether it’s really necessary. Maybe you’re wondering . . . . .

  • What percentage of Sellers stage their homes?
  • And what’s the return on investment?

If so, check out this short video and then contact The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. We work with stagers that can make magic happen. But we can also advise you personally on whether YOUR home needs staging or not. It’s not always necessary and we make it a point to advise our clients on what is best for them. We don’t want you to have to spend money if it’s not in your best financial interests! (That’s one reason our clients think we are the best Realtors in Northern VA!)

Can Staging Your Home Increase The Sales Price?

Does staging your home really have the potential to increase the ultimate price your home sells for? Check out this 23 second video for the answer!

Selling homes in “real life” is not always like you see it on HGTV. And professional staging is not always necessary. But sometimes it makes all the difference in the world. Not only can it decrease the amount of time your home is on the market, but it can increase the price you sell for. Contact The Belt Team to schedule a free walkthrough of your home before you go on the market. We can help you evaluate whether it’s in your best interests to hire a professional stager. (This is just one of many services we provide our Sellers. Call (703) 242-3975 for more information.)