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The Art of Staging a Home Part 3: The Threshold Rule

Close up of a welcome mat in front of an inviting house. Focus on foreground.Homeowners walk through their home with purpose, rarely pausing to look around. Over the course of ownership, they have decorated each room for function and with personal style. They are so far removed from the moment of purchase that they can no longer see their home in any other way.

In contrast, potential buyers take their time walking through a home. They try to observe everything and assess what it would be like to live there. Each crossed threshold is a new experience and a properly staged home will ensure it is a positive one.

Directing the Eye

Part of staging a home is being able to direct the eye. When a potential buyer walks into a room, they should never have to wonder where to look or feel closed off from other parts of the home.

Imagine walking through the front door and seeing a lovely floral arrangement atop a table in the back of the room. You are immediately pulled into the space and feel welcomed. Imagine the same entrance into a room with closed doors and the back of couches. You see obstacles to navigate through and lose your welcomed feeling.

Removing Unnecessary Clutter

Family room with comfort sitting area on soft rug. Room has walkout deck and homeowners practiced properly staging a home.As mentioned previously in our series, there is a stark difference between how we live in a home and how we stage a home to sell. Extra items like rugs, runners, heavy curtains, exercise equipment, and other excessive decorations will make potential buyers feel claustrophobic.

Open up your areas by removing any unnecessary clutter and you will be surprised by how extra inviting your rooms will become.

Arranging the Room

Just like directing the eye, a well staged home directs a potential buyer’s movement through the home. If furniture is present, tall objects need to be pushed to the back of the room, into corners, but never at the entrance.

If you walk into a room and see objects at eye level or higher in your peripheral vision, your brain tricks you into thinking the room is smaller than it actually is. The same goes for closets with items near the opening.

By moving tall objects farther away and decluttering entranceways, your home appears larger and more inviting, increasing the likelihood of a swift sale.

Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Staging a home to create the perfect atmosphere is a work of art and no team does it better in the Triangle than Linda Craft & Team, Realtors. We have over 30 years of experience staging and selling homes and our seasoned staff is eager to help you get the sale you deserve.

Set up a consultation with us today at 919-235-0007 or visit us online at to see what the #1 team in the Triangle can do for you!

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