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Home Staging 101

Denise S. Nakanishi

Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo's most acclaimed real estate agents...

Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo's most acclaimed real estate agents...

Jan 8 3 minutes read

Have you ever looked at our homes for sale and wondered how they always look so perfect? The answer is our awesome staging Staging & Photography Crew, Shari and Suzy! 

Home staging goes beyond just cleaning and decorating. It's adding decor, arranging furniture, and prepping your home to look perfect for listing photos, 3D modeling, listing appointments, and open houses. When a home is staged, potential buyers get a sense of furniture placement and and how each room is laid out. When a home isn't staged, buyers focus on the visible issues the home may have.

Not only does staging make your home look like an HGTV dream or like it belongs in HomeWorlds's showroom, it can actually speed up the sale of your property.


of buyers’ agents said a staged home helped buyers visualize the property as a future home, according to NAR


of buyers’ agents said potential buyers increased their offer between 1 and 5% on a staged home, according to NAR


of homes surveyed were sold for 6-25% more than homes that were not staged, according to HSR Certified Professional Home Stagers

Free Staging

Because staging is so important, Team Nakanishi offers free staging to all our home sellers. But, if you're trying to do it alone, there's some things you should know. 

First, you’ll want to start with cleaning, decluttering, and depersonalizing. This is a great excuse to finally get around to that annual cleaning from earlier in the year that you’ve put off. Each room should only have what is absolutely necessary. Throw out anything you don’t need or keep things tucked away in a bin during open houses and showings. You’ll also want to remove any personal photos or decor around your home, including anything religious or political. The less personal your home is, the more a potential buyer will imagine themselves living in your space.

Once everything is clean, you’ll want to start staging the important rooms first. The kitchen, living room, and master bedroom are what sell your home. Focus on these rooms and then you can work your way through the additional living spaces. There are plenty of inspiration photos for current trends online, but here are a few tips to get you started:

What does the Realtor do?

Not all Realtors offer free staging like we do. Some offer advice, some refer you to a trusted professional or company, and some don’t offer any resources for staging. If an experienced Realtor has your success in mind, they'll offer honest feedback when it comes to home staging advisement.  

If you’re selling your home soon, staging is something you need to consider.

Depending on the current state of your home, some of these options may be better suited for you. Ask a trusted friend for their thoughts on which path you should take. And just remember, we’re here to help too.

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