Holiday Home Staging Rules

Now is the time to think about those holiday home staging rules if you are selling your home before the end of the year.

Selling a home in Overland Park over the holidays – especially in a shifting real estate market is different than other times of the year. Most buyers don’t want to see your holiday collections or decorations – so let them envision their own.

Here are my 10 best holiday home staging rules for your home when selling over the holidays:

1. Create some front door appeal. First of all, it always starts right here. This is the most important of my holiday home staging rules. A simple, live wreath on the front door is classy. Add a big bow for major impact. Let them know this is just the beginning of a house they will love. Remember, love is the emotion that sells your house.

2. Curb appeal is also important. Consequently, what will your buyers see as they drive up to your house? This is where their excitement starts. Add a colorful mat (preferably a non-holiday one) outside the door. A big urn or two next to the front door is preferred. Add fake or real Christmas trees and decorate them if you like, just keep it simple.

3. Keep outside holiday decorations to a minimum. Above all, yard decorations, outdoor house lights, and holiday collections are distracting so keep them to a minimum or avoid them altogether. Home staging is always about less versus more. This is especially true outside.

4. Minimal decorations inside, too. Inside, one simple Christmas tree is always best, with simple white lights and standard ornaments in one color if possible (or no tree at all is preferred). Remember, not everyone celebrates Christmas. Furthermore, the more distracting your tree is – the less of your house the buyers will see. Remember, potential home buyers are not there to look at your stuff, they are there to fall in love and envision themselves living in your space. Loads of presents under the tree are sometimes hard for small children to resist so keep that in mind when your house is on the market.

5. No stocking hung with care. Keep the mantle free and clear and uncluttered (as always). Let your buyers visualize decorating the mantle themselves.

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6. Replace, don’t accumulate. Wherever you add holiday decorations, remove the other decorations. Remove what you have before adding anything new.

7. Fresh displays of flowers or holiday greenery can be added in the kitchen and dining room if desired. Go for one big, well-executed display versus lots of little things. Don’t go overboard with Christmas decorations in each room. Decorations easily turn to clutter which eats up equity.

8. Be cautious with candle displays and lit fireplaces – they cause accidents.

9. Stow away your holiday collections. Definitely don’t get out your collections of nutcrackers, Santas, or other holiday display items that distract your buyers. These are the reasons buyers leave a house and ask their Realtor, “Was there a fireplace in the living room? I was so busy looking at their stuff, I don’t remember.”

10. Bake up your own offer and let them know you’re ready to play! Freshly baked slice-and-bake cookies on the counter are a quick way to make the house smell fabulous and are a great way to win over the buyers – and hungry Realtors! Refreshments can help, too, so have some bottled water or anything else bottled or canned. Buyers get hungry and thirsty when out looking for the right house. Be sure to provide them with some napkins and it will keep them lingering in your home longer. Make sure your kitchen is spic-and-span spotless because while hanging out, they will notice everything!

Selling your home over the holidays

Remember, selling your Overland Park home over the holidays isn’t that much different than any other time of the year. I sold 13967 W. 146th Street in Olathe on Christmas Eve with two offers for full price. Plus it’s a great time to sell since January is the busiest month for corporate relocations.

Use these simple holiday home staging rules to prepare your home. It will stand out from your competition so you win the home-selling game over the holiday season. One more house SOLD FAST is good for everyone!

If you want to sell your Overland Park home over the holidays, I can help. My home staging strategies give your home that model home look all buyers want so it sells fast and for more money. Call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here. 

Staging Tips for Your Outdoor Space

If you are thinking of selling your home anytime soon, here are some staging tips for your outdoor space. Especially since Covid, outdoor spaces are trending bigger than ever and are an added feature that every homebuyer wants.

Today’s home buyers want that extension of outdoor living and are willing to pay extra money for it! Whether you are selling or dwelling, when it comes to creating a fun, outdoor space for your home in Overland Park, there are loads of options for you to try.

Staging tips for your outdoor space

Whether you have a deck, patio, or neither, start with what you have and create a fun outdoor space from there. If all you have is a yard, you could create a new fire pit area in your backyard. Build out your firepit and get a few cool Adirondack chairs in a fun color.

Maybe you have a deck or patio and already have some outdoor furniture. More staging tips for your outdoor space would be to buy some new, colorful cushions and pillows. Add an outdoor umbrella, some party lights and voila! Be sure to include an eating table for outdoor dining. Whether you have a green thumb or not, buy some plants to add to the ambiance.

Create your outdoor space now

Enjoy your outdoor space and your buyers will be able to see themselves living in your home. Everyone wants a special place to hang out and taking it outdoors is the right thing to do. It not only extends your living space, being outdoors is good for your mind, body, and spirit.

Having a fun spot to enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day and to hang out with friends and family is what everyone wants.

Now is the perfect time to create your best outdoor space. Let your backyard be an extension of your home. After all, home is where your story begins and if you don’t have a story, you can definitely create one. If you need help creating an outdoor space you’ll love spending time in, call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact us here!

Home Staging for Baby Boomers

Home Staging for baby boomers is about creating the best look your house has to offer so buyers fall in love when they open the front door. Most of the younger generations understand the concept of home staging – they’ve seen shows on HGTV and they realize that the way you live in a home and the way you sell a house are two different ways.

But what do you do if you are a boomer selling your lovely home after all these years? Does home staging really make a difference in a hot seller’s market? Yes it does and now more than ever.

You see, in order to get buyers interested in your home, you’ve got to step up to the plate and turn your home into a hot commodity. You must get your buyers emotionally involved. They won’t buy your house until then.

Here are my top 7 home staging for baby boomers tips

  1. Your home may need a new coat of paint to freshen things up.
  2. Make sure there is absolutely NO wallpaper lurking around your home.
  3. Remove the collections or “treasures” as one of my clients lovingly referred to her stuff. Buyers don’t want to see your years of accumulation. Put away those “grandma” things – doilies, etc.
  4. Pack up the photos of family members and friends from the tables and remove them from your walls. Today’s young buyers want to add fresh new photos of their own families.
  5. Renew your main living areas with some colorful throw pillows, hardback books, and trendy accessories.
  6. Do the same with the master bedroom and master bath. Add some new bedding in the way of a bed in a bag if necessary. Make the bed the focal point of the room and bring the décor up to today’s standards. Buy some new fluffy towels for the master bath and add some new accessories.
  7. De-odorize the house with some seasonal scents – no matter what the season. Make the house smell delicious.

Today’s buyers don’t want to buy grandma’s house

Years ago, I had a listing that I showed to a young couple looking for their first house. After walking through I asked them what they thought. They said it reminded them of their grandma’s house and they would never buy a house like that.

After the showing, I shared that conversation with my seller and she asked me when she “got old.” First of all, I replied that she just hadn’t bought any new things lately. For that reason, she decided to buy some new things for her new house and use them to update her home that was for sale.

We went shopping and she bought a new kitchen table and chairs, a new couch for the living room and a few new accessories. It was part of our home staging for baby boomers plan that truly worked!

The house sold immediately after changing things up. I believe her new look definitely added a freshness to her older house that appealed to her younger home buyers.

It comes down to 1st impressions

Remember, it’s all about first impressions when selling your Overland Park home. Selling your home starts with the 10-second rule. If your buyers think of your house as their grandma’s, it’s probably going to take some time to get an offer.

Start with the above home staging for boomers tips and dress your home up ready to impress those picky buyers. As I always say, give the buyers what they want and they will buy your house faster and will pay more money for it every time.

If you want to know exactly what you need to do to prepare your home for the Overland Park real estate market so it sells faster and for more money, call or text me direct at (913) 515-3250.

Home Staging Pet Peeves to Avoid

When you are thinking of selling your home, there are so many home staging pet peeves that are made by sellers and their real estate agents that really bother me.

First of all, probably my biggest pet peeve is not hiring a professional home stager. It’s the same as not hiring a professional photographer. Why shouldn’t you have every opportunity to speak with a professional home stager who can not only advise you but also help you? Many agents advise their sellers on what to do when staging their homes. Sure, there are certain things about staging that everyone knows about – like decluttering and depersonalizing. But I find sellers want and need more help than that. After all, home staging shouldn’t be taken for granted or left to chance. For those very reasons, be sure to request a home staging consultation, at the very least, from your agent. You want to create the best Model Home Look for your house.

Our home staging process

At Melinda Bartling Real Estate and Home Staging, we use our sister company, Overland Park Home Staging for every listing we take. We believe home staging is the determining factor for the results you get when selling your Overland Park home.

We will meet with you and do a complete walk-through and walk around of your home. This is part of our Home Staging Consultation. The actual Home Staging occurs once you’ve done your punch list of our recommendations. We will tweak every inch of your home before your Professional Photo Shoot.

When it comes to selling your home, you must remember…it’s not about you anymore. You have decided to sell your home and move on. It’s time to put on your buyer’s hat and make some serious money. Everything you do from here on is marketing. You are setting yourself up to sell your house for some ridiculous amount of money while you can. Take advantage of it.

My other home staging pet peeves

The hardest conversation I always have is about dead animals mounted on the walls. I call them home staging don’ts or no-no’s. Unfortunately, all dead animals must be removed from the house. Furthermore, I find that a lot of agents don’t know how to have the right conversations with their sellers so they just overlook certain things that really should be addressed.

Home staging consultation case study

Years ago, I received a call from a lady that had been unable to sell her home. She hired me for a home staging consultation to see what she needed to do to get her house sold.

When I got to the house, I immediately noticed a number of things that needed to be changed to attract the most buyers. It’s all part of my 10 Second Rule and the fact that buyers will make a decision about your house within 10 seconds of opening the front door.

As soon as I entered this home, I saw several things that probably prevented the house from selling.

  • They had bright blue tile and countertops in the kitchen
  • The rooms were stuffed full of furniture
  • The arrangement of their furniture was wrong for selling the house

Finally, I went to the finished lower level and there it was!!! My jaw dropped.

There was an entire room full of mounted heads with brass nameplates next to each one. There must have been at least 25 dead animals in that room. (I wish I had a photo but I don’t). I asked if there was a photo of this on the internet. She honestly didn’t know – which was another problem in itself. I looked at her and said not every woman likes those things and they had to come down.

While we were downstairs, her husband returned home. She gave him the bad news and his response was, “If I have to take them down, we’re not moving.” He stormed out of the house. She apologized to me and said he was angry long before I got there. LOL!

Months later, after they had changed out the blue in their kitchen and removed all of his trophies from the house, the house sold. But in the interim, how much money did they lose with being on the market for almost 9 months? It was a terrific house but it wasn’t staged to sell.

Are you serious about selling your home?

This is just one example of this situation. I see it at least once a week in homes in all price ranges. There are all specimens…bears, wolves, fish, deer, moose heads, stuffed roosters, etc. I actually saw a full-size standing bear wearing a designer scarf one time.

If you’re serious about selling your home, prepare your house to sell before it comes on the market. It’s your money when selling your house. It’s the largest investment you’ll ever have and you’re giving away your hard-earned equity.

If you want to know my other home staging pet peeves that will cost you money when selling your home, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

Home Staging for Occupied Homes

Home staging for occupied homes is a concept that was created in 1973 by a woman named Barb Schwarz. The whole idea behind the concept was it was designed for homes that people lived in that didn’t show well. After all, what home shows well as it is? Every home needs a little extra something to help bring out its best.

My mantra has always been…

“The way you live in your home is your business but the way you sell your house is my business”

Melinda Bartling

Home staging and the Red Carpet look

Just like celebrities on the Red Carpet who spend hours and sometimes days or months preparing for an event, your home should go through the same detailing process. After all, people always detail their cars before selling them. Don’t you think your home deserves a little sprucing up?

Home buying is not only very personal, it’s extremely emotional. It’s a known fact that home buyers will make a decision about your home within 10 seconds of opening your front door. They either “feel” your house or they don’t. If your house doesn’t speak to them and if they don’t feel themselves living there, they will move on.

Well-prepared and well-staged homes not only show better they sell for more money! You do want more money, don’t you? So, get busy and create your best Red Carpet look for your home.

Home Staging for occupied homes versus vacant homes

The whole concept of home staging in 1973 was never created for vacant homes. The main idea was to make a lived-in home stand out from the other houses on the market through the art of home staging. I learned the concept in 2006 and actually staged homes in Chicago with the creator herself. I was fortunate to learn not only her home staging techniques but I was able to get inside her head to better understand her thoughts about the process.

Staging for vacant homes became more prevalent with HGTV where the stagers would bring in a truck full of new furniture and accessories and furnish an empty house in order to flip a house for sale.

That’s a very different process than working with what a typical seller already has in their house. I’ll be honest, not every seller has great furniture and accessories like what you see when you furnish a vacant home. That’s what makes staging occupied homes very challenging – but so much fun!

Overland Park Home Staging

After working in Chicago and learning home staging with Barb, I returned to Kansas City and started my own home staging business. I had been in real estate for 19 years. It was 2006 and home staging had not yet caught on at that time. But as a Realtor, I knew houses were not selling and competition was fierce. Interest rates were over 6% and we were headed towards a real estate bubble. So, if you were selling your home, you needed to look better than any other home on the market because buyers were few. I knew home staging was about to blow up big time!

Getting the idea of home staging across to Realtors was challenging and home sellers just thought it was silly. Those were the days of sellers saying, “they can take the house the way it is or not buy it. I’m not changing anything.” With that attitude, no wonder houses weren’t selling. I remember telling some sellers they needed to repaint their sponge-painted kitchen cabinets. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well.

After getting fired from that listing, I spent the next couple of years promoting the concept of home staging to my fellow Realtors and learning how to sell the idea. At one point, we were the busiest home staging company in Overland Park. Then once home staging became a “thing,” everyone started doing it – and not always well, as you can imagine. New stagers would offer next to nothing prices to Realtors to get their foot in the door with a busy agent and there the industry went.

To this day, I follow Barb’s techniques that I learned from her, and more than that, I have never divulged her best-kept little secrets that she shared with me. She took me under her wing and saw that I had a natural talent and a great sense of style.

The average home stager

Even though everybody thinks they can stage a home, we all know that’s just not right. Realtors are not home stagers. Just because you have a real estate license or take a home staging course, that doesn’t give you a sense of style that makes you a great home stager. The number one thing a home stager must have is knowing whether or not the end result looks good. If you can’t make a decision or have to ask someone else’s opinion, you probably don’t have confidence in your style.

There are lots of home stagers that don’t have the eye that it takes to be a great home stager. You’ve got to take what you have to the next level when you’re selling and give it that model home look.

What you need to know before staging your home

If you are selling your house and your Realtor says they will bring their stager in, which usually means a home stager will stop by, consult with you and provide you with some tips for selling. That’s probably better than doing nothing but they also won’t come back and rearrange your furniture or accessories. A true home staging is about decluttering and depersonalizing your home. Once that’s completed, the final step is the rearrangement of your furniture and accessories that welcomes buyers into your home. You always want to create the model home look as much as possible if you want top dollar when selling. The right home staging will always make you more money than not.

I would suggest you hire your own home stager so you have control over the process. My home staging is always a two-step process. I will come out and provide you with a list of things to do and when you’re done, I come back and tweak things. Simple! There is a fee but if you list your home with me, I stage your home for FREE! Either way, I AM A HOME STAGER! And since 2016, I’ve been doing home staging for occupied homes!

How to get started with your home staging

Please call or text (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to talk about staging and selling your home and making lots of money doing it.

The Model Home Look

Home staging is all about creating the model home look. You know the look. The look every buyer wants and is willing to pay more money to get. Does your home have the model home look?

If you are selling your house and you want to sell it for the most money possible, it needs to have the model home look. It’s when buyers walk in and sit down and say, “I could live here!” (That is what they do you know). But very few houses have it. Why? It’s not reality. Nobody lives like that. But if that’s what sells and buyers want it, what’s the problem?

You’ve probably heard me say, “The way you live in your home and the way you sell your house are two different ways.” When it’s time to sell, you’ve got to step up to the plate and create your very best model home look. It’s all about making the best first impression. You wouldn’t go on a job interview without looking your very best – would you?

The sellers who get the most money when they sell their house understand the concept of:

“the better your house looks, the more money you are going to put in your pocket!”


Melinda Bartling

It’s your money!!! What’s so hard to understand about that? And yet, I just finished looking inside 12 new listings to send to some out-of-town buyers and I’m finding myself apologizing for the way these houses look.

The market is screaming for inventory. Does that mean agents and their sellers don’t need to step up and put on a good show? In this market, I’m doing everything double over the top for my sellers because I know buyers will pay big time if they get super emotional about a house. We’re taking advantage and putting on our Sunday best and getting extraordinary prices. It’s time for sellers to reap the rewards. But first, you’ve got to have The Goldilocks Effect!

What are the 3 biggest components of the model home look?

  1. Roomy and spacious
  2. Fresh and stylish
  3. Neat and clean

Do these words describe your house? Probably not. But my home sellers who want more money are willing to create their best model home look so they make more money when selling their home.

All of my sellers go through a process before selling their houses. Once they complete their honey-do list, they hire me to come in and work my magic. None of my sellers have a house that shows like a model when we first meet. But in the end, they all have that model home look whether I bring in furniture and accessories or not. It’s the end result that’s important if you want a fast sale and the most money. My sellers, Rick and Karen, pocketed $12,425 over their asking price back when we weren’t even in “that” kind of market.

When my sellers tell me nobody is going to want to buy their house, that’s when I know everyone is going to want to buy their house when I get done with it. Home staging and styling are what I do best. I call it the model home look. I don’t just list your house, I have a plan to sell it the first day on the market, with multiple offers and for way over the asking price.

If you want more money when selling your home, call me at (913) 515-3250. Let’s do this!

Home Staging and Lipstick on a Pig

Home staging and lipstick on a pig go together like peanut butter and jelly. While the whole home staging concept is often very misunderstood, at the end of the day, it’s taking any house and making it look better.

Every day in real estate and home staging is an adventure. You never know what’s going to happen next. After all, it’s dealing with people, their property, opinions, and most importantly – their emotions.

What is Home Staging?

One thing is for sure, home staging starts with preparing your house for sale. The way you live in your home and the way you sell your house are two very different ways. Throw in a little mindset and you’re halfway there. Once you understand that your home is a product on a shelf, you’re on your way.

Some sellers get it and others don’t. It’s not about you or your house anymore, it’s about your buyer and what they want. My Happy Seller, Gayle said it best in her testimonial about me and my services. Her house had that Goldilocks Effect where everything about it was just right.

There are many steps to the home staging process and it starts where you’re at. It’s not one size fits all even though there are certain things every seller needs to do. But the real process goes very deep. Some houses sell themselves – but most of them don’t.

What’s the Home Staging Process?

As soon as I walk through your front door, I know whether or not your house will sell. It’s that 10 Second Rule! I’m no different than any buyer. A house either has what it takes or it doesn’t. It’s either love at first sight…or it’s not. But that’s where I come into play. I take what you have and turn it into a hot commodity that gets your buyers so emotionally involved they will pay you crazy money because they fall in love and fear losing your house if they don’t buy it now.

The top 3 biggies when selling your home are decluttering, depersonalizing and rearranging what you have to create the right look that will appeal to the largest number of buyers. Once you get the big 3 accomplished, your home must be clean – q-tip clean.

Home Staging and Lipstick on a Pig

Your home’s appearance is of utmost importance. It needs to look like a million bucks and like it’s ready to be sold. Buyers want to see themselves living in your home and it’s hard for them to do that with 20 years of your clutter throughout your house. You see, most buyers don’t have an imagination. They only see what they see, not the way it’s going to be.

In selling your home (and in life) you either make excuses or you get results. Selling a house quickly and for the most money requires a game plan to make it happen. If you’re a smart seller, you understand the concept and importance of home staging and lipstick on a pig. You’re merely creating your home’s best model home look. Other sellers blame the market or their agent. They might want to take a long hard look in the mirror and add a little lipstick. It surely couldn’t hurt.

Selling your home in Overland Park isn’t that hard. But to make the most money you’ve got to create what the buyers want.

If you’d like to create a game plan and add the right shade of lipstick so your house stands out from the rest, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

Creating Your Red Carpet Look

The whole purpose of home staging is to create your best red carpet look. Just like the stars walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes, it’s a process for the stars to look that way. From choosing the right gown, to their hair, make-up and nails, they will tell you it takes a village to create their red carpet look.

First of all, the stars know they will be judged and the consensus will either be good, real good or bad. It’s the same when selling your home. You, too, have one chance to make a first impression. If you knock it out of the park, you may sell your home for more money than you imagined. And if you don’t?

How to get that red carpet look

Furthermore, using a professional stylist only makes sense when your home’s reputation is on the line. A star wouldn’t walk the red carpet without her team behind her. When selling your home, your money is on the line. The faster your house sells, the more money you will make. Your professional home stager or stylist will be responsible to create your best red carpet look.

What’s the alternative? Sell your house as it is and see what that gets you. I call that selling by default…you get what you get. Your money comes down to the Realtor you hire. They might sell a lot of houses but at what price? And how fast does it happen?

There are a lot of skills necessary to sell houses for top dollar. Likewise, the number one skill agents don’t have is home staging. And yet many agents will attempt to stage your home themselves. Why? All the extras in real estate cost money. Many agents don’t want to spend money to make money. They probably had a bad experience of spending their own money on a home they didn’t get sold.

On the other hand, some agents will bring their home stager in for an hour long home staging consultation. That is not home staging. That’s advising you on what to do. That’s like a hair stylist telling you what style will look good on you versus doing it. And have you ever had a bad hair stylist? Case closed.

The art of home staging

Perhaps unknown to the average Realtor, above all else, there is an art to home staging. After all, there’s a whole industry around it. It’s so much more than clearing the countertops. It’s creating your best first impression look, so buyers are drawn in to your home, sweeping them off their feet, causing them to fall in love with it, to the point they have to have it and will gladly pay you extra money to get it.

That’s what I do as your home stylist. You can declutter and put your family photos away but you need a professional stylist to create your red carpet look that will sweep your buyers off their feet. Your job is to find that person with the right broom.

Remember, the way you live in your home and the way you sell your house are two different ways. Consequently, selling your home is a competition. You need to be ready. There will always be another house that always looks better than yours if you don’t create your red carpet look. I’ve seen your competition and I’m in it to win it. Game on!

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, allow me to create your best red carpet look. Call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to schedule your FREE home selling consultation and let’s see if what I do will work for you!

Home Staging Sells Homes

It never ceases to amaze me that many Overland Park home sellers just don’t understand how home staging sells homes. And more embarrassing than that, many agents don’t get it either. Furthermore, it’s not like home staging is a new concept – it was “created” in 1973 by a lady who knew houses could look better when selling. For that very reason, I took the course in 2006 and became an Accredited Home Staging Professional Stylist. Where has everyone been?

After showing 10 houses to some home buyers over a recent weekend, I just sometimes have to laugh. Above all, I’m embarrassed. “OMG –  let’s go. This isn’t going to get any better.” And then the agents want my feedback after showing your house? Come on now.

Selling a house is simple but it’s not easy. Prepare, List, Sell. Seems like that is all it takes. It’s the magic formula. It works over and over for those home sellers who get it.

Here are my 5 best tips to help you understand how home staging sells homes

  1. Have a plan – what are you trying to accomplish? If you don’t know, start over. You’ve got to have a plan. We don’t need more inventory, we need more GOOD inventory.
  2. Be ready to sell – if your house is filled to the gills with stuff you can’t seem to part with, that doesn’t tell me as an agent that you’re going to be moving anytime soon. My buyers want to close in 30 days. Can you possibly be out? Probably not.
  3. Prepare your home to sell – would you just roll out of bed and show up and run a 5K? Of course not. It takes preparation. There’s a whole list of questions you need to answer. Selling your house is the same thing. You’ve got to prepare. And it’s hard work. But it’s got to be done. Remember…home staging sells homes.
  4. Pick up your stuff. Nobody wants to see your collections, family photos, piles of papers, or anything else for that matter. Buyers are trying to see themselves living there and yet you are preventing them from doing that. They are easily distracted by your own stuff.
  5. Step up to the plate and be ready. Selling your house is an event to me…it’s called showtime. There’s no dress rehearsal, no guessing. If your agent isn’t sure and needs the approval and feedback from the entire office, get a different Realtor. Create your best model home look so buyers go ga-ga over your house, fight to get it and make ridiculous offers. Don’t know how to do that? Hire a Realtor who has a clue and is producing the results you want. Don’t hire a Realtor who has 30 listings. That just means their houses aren’t selling. I’m not knocking my competition. I’m only educating you on getting your home sold.

Don’t waste my time!

You are not only wasting your time, you’re also wasting my time and my client’s time when your house isn’t spot-on and ready to be sold. Plus the worst part is you are giving away your hard-earned equity. Consequently, my sellers tell me they want MORE MONEY! I get that. Why don’t you realize that your days on the market are only taking away from your own hard-earned money?

Staging and selling homes is my business

The way you live in your home is your business, the way you sell your house is my business. Selling your house is simple, it’s just not easy. If you are Overland Park home sellers and need help getting your house ready to sell, reach out to me at (913) 515-3250. My home staging services are FREE to my sellers and my sellers consistently sell faster and get more money than they were expecting. I’ve never had a seller tell me they wanted less money. My services are the solution to all of their home selling problems.

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Choosing the Right Home Stager

When it comes to staging your home for the best results you really should know about choosing the right home stager. First of all, what does a home stager even do? Certainly, a great home stager should create a “WOW Factor” that will knock buyers off their feet and make them want to buy the home because they fear they will lose it if they don’t act now. That’s a pretty tall order to expect but important when choosing the right home stager for your project.

The purpose of Home Staging

The purpose of the home staging is to make your very lived-in home appeal to the largest number of buyers. Whether a home stager is offering advice on painting, replacing or cleaning carpeting, or merely removing certain items that might distract buyers, the whole idea is to facilitate a faster sale and to sell the house for the most money possible.

You see, the way you live in a house and the way you stage a house are two very different ways. I learned home staging from the lady who created the concept in 1973. It’s an art and a science. And every artist is different so two home stagers could stage the same room totally differently. It’s a matter of opinion – and taste.

One thing I learned when being trained as a home stager in 2006 was that there are 10 techniques to use when staging any room. They were the basics of my home staging course and one way I set myself apart from other home stagers. It’s my secret sauce! I can always tell when looking at other homes that have been staged that those techniques I learned weren’t used.

Before and After Home Staging by Overland Park Home Staging

Home Staging is an art and a science

Staging is not decorating…it’s un-decorating. It’s un-layering and then adding back in to create the right look for the room with the right pieces of furniture and accessories.

Each home stager has their own style and way of doing things. I like to see things in place to make sure they look good. I always compare my home staging to buying a dress without trying it on…it looks great on the hanger but not on you. To me, home staging is the same. I want to “see” how the whole room looks after I’ve rearranged it. As I said, it’s an art and a science. It comes down to balance and choosing the right things to use. I always have an idea of where the furniture should be placed but I want to see it there also so each piece has the right angle and sister pieces.

Choosing the right Home Stager for you

When hiring a home stager, here are my top 4 tips:

  1. Ask to see their portfolio or website of before and after photos

o   Do you like what they’ve done for others?

o   Are their photos appealing to you?

  • Do you see enough differences in the photos to say “WOW”?
  • If you are working with a Realtor who is bringing in a home stager, ask who it is and do your own research

o   What is your Realtor paying the stager to do?

o   What is the process?

o   What will you be expected to do as part of that process?

  • Ask your Realtor if you can hire your own stager if you’d rather do that

o   Do your homework and choose someone whose style you like

o   Remember, your stager is setting the stage for your photoshoot, how your house will appear online and how many showings you will receive. For that reason, your home stager will determine how much your home will sell for, how many offers you’ll receive, and make the entire process faster and easier.

Most stagers can and will make a room look better than it is just by de-cluttering or depersonalizing the space. The key to home staging is in the rearrangement of the furniture and accessories. That one step alone will make or break a room. Is it the right balance for the room? And does it flow well? It’s the yin and yang! That’s what creates the WOW Factor when selling a home.

What to expect when hiring Melinda Bartling as your Home Stager

I understand how important it is when choosing the right home stagers. When you hire me to sell your home, I will stage each room to look the best it can be. I will bring in extra accessories if necessary. I will loan you furniture from my storage inventory if needed. I spend an average of 4-6 hours on each of my listings before they ever come on the market. Time well-spent upfront pays off in faster sales for you and for the most money possible.

Check out my website and look at what I can do for you to create your home’s best look! You do want more money don’t you?

If you’re considering selling your home and want to find out about my home staging services, please call me at (913) 515-3250 or learn more about my home staging process here.