The time to stage your home for sale is BEFORE it is listed. Small, affordable repairs and improvements make a huge difference in the mind of the buyer. Spending a little bit of money–and believe me, it's a little bit compared to the amount of money you'll lose by dropping the price if it sits on the market–has been proven to help a home sell (up to 50%) quicker and for more money (between 3% and 10%) than a home that is not staged. Think of it as an investment. It's better than the stock market. You will always make your money back!
Moving is not easy, emotionally or physically, but you need to separate yourself and think of it as a "house" rather than your "home." You live in your home differently than you sell your house. Functional Home Designs determines the target buyer for your house and creates a lifestyle design in which a buyer can see him/herself living. Only 10% of buyers can visualize the potential in a house, so it is imperative to neutralize everything and create a "generic" living space that appeals to your target.
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