Cleveland Ohio Real Estate: Home Staging – Free Tips to Home Sellers




Your home is like a product on a shelf in a store.  Buyers will compare all the products that meet their criteria in the same price range and pick the nicest one.  My job as a Stager (and Realtor) is to make sure that my clients’ homes are not only priced right, but show the best.  I believe that this can be done with a very small budget. 

Here are five of the many Staging tips in my arsenal that increase the value of your home by making it show better. Best of all, they won’t cost you any money!

1.  CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!  Inside and out – and don’t forget the windows.  Bathrooms should shine!  It’s hard for a buyer to imagine themselves using a bathroom with someone else’s grime in there. 

2. Clear off refrigerator.  So simple, but it makes a big difference.  In general, your “stuff” distracts buyers from the house itself and makes rooms feel cluttered.


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3.  Clean and organize closets – overstuffed & messy closets make buyers think there isn’t enough closet space.  Pack away out of season clothes and they will be ready to go when you move. 

4.  Remove scatter rugs and bath mats for showings.  They only make rooms look smaller by visually breaking up the space.  Remember, more perceived space = more money! 

5.  Have a showings plan.  It is difficult to keep a home “show ready” at all times.  Create a plan to get the home ready to show in 10 minutes.  Example –  For the bathroom, buy 2 baskets- one for the shower and one for the countertop products you use regularly.  When you have a showing, just pop the baskets under the sink or in a linen closet for a quick and easy clean-up!

Click below to read other helpful articles about home staging.

Home Staging and Why It Is Imporant To Today’s Sellers

Home Selling Staging Tips – First Impression Is Key

Home Selling Staging Tips – Define Rooms To Get Top Dollar


To see some more great before and after photos, click here.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Schuman is an Accredited Staging Professional ( ASP ) and real estate agent. She uses her home staging expertise to sell listings quicker and for more money. The average home in the Cleveland area sold in over 100 days in 2008 and The Schuman Team’s listings sold in less than 60 days.

The Schuman Team also specializes in luxury homes and are members of the Luxury Home Consultants of Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland and of the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing,the premier independent authority in training and certification for real estate agents working in the luxury home market. The Schuman Team also works extensively with buyers and sellers who are relocating in or out of the area.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Bainbridge, BeachwoodMoreland HillsOrange, Pepper Pike, Solon or the surrounding Eastern suburbs, please contact The Schuman Team as they would be happy to show you why people love working with them.

To see all homes currently on the market in the Cleveland area, click here. For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235 or email at

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