May 26th, 2020

Should I Stage my Home?

Since so many buyers are shopping online, it’s important for your home to look it’s best for photos and the 3D virtual tour. There are lots of ways to get ready to put your home on the market such as decluttering, painting, and making repairs.  One great way to showcase your home – especially if it’s vacant – is home staging. 

The goal to keep in mind when you stage your home is making your home appeal to the most amount of buyers. Home staging may not increase the value of your home, but it can certainly help buyers visualize themselves living there. As more inventory comes on the market in Bozeman, sellers can use home staging as a tool to help their homes stand out from other competing homes. You can still stage your home even if you plan to live there while it’s on the market. Use your own furniture and possibly add new pieces or change out some fixtures to update it. Go through each room and rearrange furniture to make the best use of the space. We recommend grouping furniture into smaller conversational spaces that also help traffic flow through rooms.  If your home is going to be vacant, you can stage it with furniture of your own, hire a staging company or we can have it virtually staged. We recently had one of our vacant listings virtually staged and we love the cozy feel and how the fireplace really stands out now!

Here are some helpful staging tips:

  • Declutter – Decluttering is the first thing to do to get your home ready to put on the market.
  • Group furniture – Furniture should be grouped into smaller conversational spaces that also help traffic flow through rooms
  • Lighting – Lighting in a room is key. Make sure all burnt out bulbs are replaced and add lighting if needed. 
  • Painting – You can help a room look bigger by painting it the same color as the adjacent room. It’s best to keep wall colors neutral and add in pops of color with furniture or accessories. Save darker colors for bathrooms or bedrooms where they can create a cozy feel.

View some more helpful staging tips here:

Virtual Staging

Check out these before and after photos of properties we virtually staged. Part of what you’ll get when you work with us is professional photography with staging, if needed, as well as professionally designed marketing materials.  Click here to see everything you get when you work with us. We make sure your home looks it’s best, whether it’s helping you arrange your own furniture or virtually staging your vacant home. Call us today if you’re thinking of selling your home.

What our clients are saying:

Jody is FANTASTIC!! We were first time home buyers and she was with us ever step of the way! She never made us feel silly for being new to the process. She definitely knows the area, always kept us up to date on new listings and was just a delight to work with. I would have absolutely zero hesitation recommending her to anyone. Thanks for all the hard-work Jody! We love our house!


Jody Savage is knowledgeable, trustworthy and tireless. I purchased a property this spring (2017) near Bozeman; Jody represented me as well as the seller in the transaction. Jody led me through the entire process because this was the first property I had ever purchased. HOA complications and other details made the purchase more difficult. Jody undertook a boat-load of legwork to make the transaction go smoothly. I hope to work with Jody again.


My wife and I used Jody Savage for the sale of our home in Gallatin Gateway, MT. Jody was exceptional in all phases of our sale. We had multiple offers over asking price and sold our home in two days! Jody uses up to date modern marketing, was extremely professional and knowledgeable regarding our market and addressing our needs. She was great to work with and very responsive to any questions we had. Jody is the best in the business and we highly recommend her services!


Jody is amazing. She knows the market and was able to advise us on all our many concerns. We so appreciated how responsive she was; within minutes of submitting an online request for realtor contact on a house, she had called us. All our communications with her were like that; we never had to wait long to hear back from her. She was patient and always willing to sit down and meet with us. When we found the house we wanted, she worked tirelessly to secure it for us, and she was extremely patient with us. She was easy to communicate with, understand, and a pleasure to work with – I highly recommend Jody!


Jody was awesome to work with. We were new to the area and she was helpful and knowledgeable about not only the housing market, but schools, and lenders. She worked with my work schedule for showings. Jody also stayed late to write an offer to meet our schedule. I would recommend Jody to anyone needing a realtor.