KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's still a buyers' market and that means your home has to stand out. Statistics show that a "staged" home can sell up to 80 percent faster.
But that doesn't always mean you have to spend a ton of money to get it "show ready." First impressions are a must when trying to sell your home.
"It's just like meeting someone," designer Matthew Keller said. "First impressions are everything. It can be a smell, it can be a color, it can be an overall feel. It can be furniture that's too large that can make the place feel small."
Keller says too many people center their home around the TV and are interested in comfort, but that doesn't necessarily make your home inviting to others walking in the door.
"It's the arrangement of furniture really. If there is no flow, if you walk into a home and walk into the back of a sofa. It's huge and it blocks you and it takes up half the room and it's just this monolith in the middle of the room. To me that's a no-no, I mean opening it up and making it inviting wants you come in and sit down it makes you want to be comfortable. I think space planning and arranging is huge," Keller said.
It's not going to cost you a lot of money to have another set of professional eyes come in and help you stage your home.
The investment can pay off in a house not sitting on the market for months or even years.
And here's a tip even if you aren't trying to sell your home: it might be a good time to hire a pro so you can actually enjoy the home you have.