Before & After
MANY GOOD REASONS WHY TO STAGE YOUR HOME FOR SALE
Staging a house for sale is a time-consuming process. A process which involves not just time and physical labor but also a basic knowledge of design, use of light, color, and space planning. Investment can run from $250 – $2,000+, depending on the size of the house and how much work is needed. But is it really worth it? Does it really change the angel of how potential buyers see the property? Data shows that it does!
Also, many sellers have a hard time being objective when they are putting their house for sale. That's why we believe getting a professional who can view the property objectively is essential! Here are a few good reasons to help you to decide.
You’ll Increase the Like-ability of the home
When selling your home, the goal is to sell it quickly and for the highest possible price. You can increase your chances of success if you prepare your house before bringing it to the market. Impressive presentation on internet is a must in our day and age! Buyers are starting their home search online, and appropriately staged homes show well in photos and attracting more shoppers to visit. Staged homes are more likely to get more walk-through, resulting in offers and selling for top dollar!
It Gives the Impression of a Well-Maintained and Loved Home.
Experienced Stager points out red flags that you may have become blind to, but buyers will see with their fresh eye. Broken things around the house like damaged doors, broken doorknobs, loose or squeaky hinges, leaky plumbing often addressed during the staging. Goal of Staging is to make home look and feel like pictured in a magazine. Professional decor, small repairs (if needed), and absence of clutter give the impression of a home that was taken care of and loved.
You Get a Head Start on Packing and Moving
To stage your house, you must declutter, organize, remove all unused and not needed items from the premises. Eliminating clutter is probably the most challenging part for the sellers and stagers because it's time-consuming. Many of us need months to remove the clutter of our homes. That's why if you are planning to sell, start early. This will save you a great deal on staging and will make the process of packing and moving easier. Purge old magazines, clothes you no longer wear, old toys, holiday decorations that you no longer use. Time to make a trip to Goodwill or local places where you can donate and share!
It Helps You Justify the Asking Price
Homebuyers today are savvy about property values. If the house appears turn-key ready and attractive, they will be more likely to accept or even bid over the price you have set.
Staging Makes the House Seem Larger and Radiant
The art of home staging has a lot to do with space, light, colors, and proportions. Choosing the right colors for the walls and efficient lighting, removing clutter, and arranging furniture in a way that maximizes usable space and provides a good flow within the home- is the key. All this gives the impression that the home is lighter and larger than it actually is. What about VACANT Homes? Read here
Every Room Should Have its own Purpose
Buyers should never have to guess the purpose of a room. When you live in the house, you find the best use of rooms for you and your family. You are living in it. But when you are preparing to sell, you stage your house for home buyers. With this saying, the Dining Room used by you as a playroom should become a Dining Room at the time of sale again.
Staging Helps Buyers See Themselves In the House. It Puts Your House above the Competition and on the top of the buyer's list
Potential buyers visiting during an open house or viewing photographs online should be able to envision themselves living there. As a seller, your job is to help them look through and be able, in their mind, to place their furniture and their decor for living happily ever after in the house. You do this by removing a display of personal photos, collections, and decorating in a neutral way that appeals to most people all genders and ages. You want buyers to see the house as a good fit for THEIR family. You don’t want them to see your family living in it. If they see your pictures or personal stuff everywhere, they’ll have a harder time making a personal connection to the home, and believe it or not, personal connection is a primary trigger on the decision making process.
Buying a home is one of the most significant investments for most of us. Regardless, any experienced Realtor will tell you over and over that most of real estate purchases are made based on feelings and emotions. It is like falling in love for the first time when " bad temper (old furnace) is cute (acceptable)'' just because love is blind! :0)
Buyers Will Have a Great First Impression
You only get one chance at a first impression. It's critical for everything at home to look its best! Unless you are selling as a fixer-upper and ready to sell it cheap, the first impression is crucial. If you wow potential buyers, most likely, they will come back and write you an offer.
Good Staging Helps buyers relax about thinking of Out-of-Pocket Costs which is very important for Cash-Strapped Buyers
Most home buyers are cash-strapped by the time they complete the home buying process. They have to come up with a down payment, closing costs, and additional cash reserve in some cases. The last thing they want to do is to inherit property with a long laundry list of repairs.
Buyers will be looking for items that need to be repaired or replaced, adding it up with their mental calculators, and you better believe that buyers calculation is different from yours. For example, if you are estimating carpet re-placement of $2000, buyers will see it as an expense of $6000 and so on. A good Stager will point out red flags to be repaired or replaced least expensively. One of the goals of staging is to make the home not only attractive but move-in ready. This means that buyers can bring in their furniture and have a house warming party the very next day, this is an ideal scenario for new homeowner.
You Get the Buyer’s Agent To want To Sell Your House
Real estate agents walk through homes all day and every day, showing dozens of homes to their clients. Lots of them such a disappointment: be poorly prepared, neglected, left behind vacant properties, or still occupied with an artificial smell, dated carpet, and decor. Often buyers are almost losing their hope and interest. And here it is! This well maintained and loved one! You want the buyer’s agent feel good about the purchase and fall in love with YOUR home. You want them to say things like, “THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE ONE!” The agent’s excitement will rub off on the buyers and will make it even more desirable.
You want your house to become "You Must See THIS Home."
In the real estate world, agents get excited over a well-staged, ''cool'' home. The benefits of it will go beyond the agent. Other agents will hear about your house, as well. Word fly's around quickly in real estate circles. Other buyer’s agents will want to visit and bring their clients to your house too. This will increase the number of buyers who will come out to see your home, which is rising chances to sell faster and for the highest possible price.