Realtor Traci Johnson Shares Essential Home-Staging Tips

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Traci Johnson, of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, lists the top three staging tips when showing a home to better ensure a fast sale.

Traci Johnson

Buyers, especially those ready to make an offer, want to see the home when it is convenient for them.

Setting the right stage for selling a home is an essential aspect of a fast sale, especially in summer when buyers are out in droves and rushing to find the right home due to relocating or setting up house before the beginning of the next school year. “If your home is not ready for a showing, whether because the yard is in disarray, the house is cluttered or because you have not made necessary repairs, the once-potential buyer will likely move on to the next house for sale, leaving yours to languish on the market,” said Traci Johnson, a Crye-Leike Realtor and leading relocation specialist.

To ensure a quick sale for the seller, Johnson shares the following three essential staging tips:

No. 1: Maintain curb appeal. “The outside of the house is just as important as the inside, as it is the first thing a prospective buyer will see,” said Johnson, an Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS® Award of Excellence recipient. “An overgrown, disheveled front yard might inspire a potential buyer to keep driving. When showing your house, always keep the lawn and bushes manicured and plant flowers, keeping in mind that yellow flowers stimulate buying impulses.”

No. 2: Clean the clutter. “The most inexpensive thing you can do to make your home ready to show is to clean up the clutter and show lots of useable space,” said Johnson. “For example, if you tend to keep small appliances and pots on the countertops, put them away so people can see the greatest amount of available counter space.”

No. 3: Make the home easily accessible for showings. “Buyers, especially those ready to make an offer, want to see the home when it is convenient for them,” said Johnson. “The most qualified buyers are often those on a short trip to an area before a corporate move, who must find a house quickly during that trip. If your home isn’t available to show, the agent will just move on to another house.”

About Traci Johnson, Crye-Leike Real Estate Services
Nashville native Traci Johnson, who has been featured on House Hunters, sells to a multitude of buyers, investors, buyers relocating and luxury home buyers, a lot of whom are in the music business, who start as clients but soon become friends. Traci, the former president of the Women’s Council of Realtors for Middle Tennessee, is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI). For more information, please call Traci’s cell at (615) 812-9080 or the office at (615) 391-9080, or visit

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