Before & After- How Home Staging Can Help Sell Your Home - Lifestyle Real Estate by Gretchen Rosenberg and Libby Levinson

Before & After- How Home Staging Can Help Sell Your Home

Before & After- How Home Staging Can Help Sell Your Home

Many sellers contemplate the idea of home staging because they don’t want to spend the extra money, believe the decor looks good as is, or think if the home is empty it will entice buyers. But in most home selling situations, a home shows better with furniture. Staring at a ceiling, floor, and empty walls makes it hard for buyers to visualize their own belongings in the home. If buyers can’t picture themselves living there, they are not likely to buy it. Home staging also brings in a higher price, on average 10% more. If you spend $4000 to stage a $400,000 home, you will likely get $40,000 more for the asking price!

Five Reasons You Should Stage Your Home:

1.  Get the Highest Price for Your Home.  A well-staged home is aesthetically pleasing.  Everything looks inviting, comfortable, and simple.  It elicits a strong emotion from buyers:  desire.

2.  Your Home Will Sell Faster – The Association of Property Scene Designers states that staged homes sell for 43% more quickly than unstaged homes.  ‘Nuf said.

3.  Home Staging Helps with Procrastination – yes, your stager will want many of your tsatskes and collector items put away.  This is called decluttering and depersonalizing.  You will have to tackle this at some point. Get it done early, store boxes in the basement, a POD, or rent a storage unit for a few months.

4,  Home Staging Will Teach you a Few Things.  Maybe you never had a decorator and you’ve done it all yourself. Those floral curtains in the bedroom, the layout of the pictures over the living room sofa, the furniture placement in the family room or the overlarge chair in the den.  It all works for you which is great – but a stager might just show you “better” which is something you can take with you to your new home.

5.  You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression – is a favorite line with stagers and real estate agents.  If you don’t stage before you list, guess what?  You’ve lost time and money – the two things that are all but promised if you stage your home before listing it for sale.


Take a look at some of these before and after pictures of my listings I’ve had staged. As you can see the staging creates a more cohesive and inviting look that buyers are sure to fall in love with!

Not staged- sellers used own furniture



Staged- professional service used


In this home, you can see how paint and furniture create a home you would want to live in!


I am always happy to offer staging advice or bring in the help of the many professionals I know and use everyday.


Libby Levinson is a born and raised Denver native who has spent time in all of Denver’s historic neighborhoods as well as the numerous suburbs surrounding the metro area. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Denver and her love for the Mile High City with her clients. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Communications, with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to becoming a Realtor ®, Libby worked in the event planning industry and non-profit sector, where she was able to develop her strong listening skills, mindful communication and commitment to outstanding customer service. Libby made the move into real estate in 2005 and proudly joined Kentwood Real Estate in 2006. During her career, Libby has had the pleasure of helping a variety of clients navigate their real estate transactions: helping first time buyers find their starter home, coordinating the synchronized sale and purchase for buyers looking for more space, sellers looking to down-size, and assisting sophisticated investors with their next investment opportunity. She has also enjoyed working with buyers building their dream home from the ground up. Libby is known for her ability to smoothly facilitate the complex details of both the buying and selling process. Giving back to the community is very important to Libby. She is a proud long-term supporter of St. Mary’s Academy, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Jewish Colorado, and Bonfils Blood Center. In her spare time Libby enjoys checking out new movies along with all the cutting-edge restaurants around town with family and friends. Libby is an amateur photographer, though she leaves taking property photos to the professionals. You can see Libby featured in 5280 magazine and the 2017 Kentwood television commercial on her website at