Did you know that a well-staged home can increase its final sales price by as much as 10%? The National Association of Realtors recently published a study that found a well-staged home creates an overall positive emotional experience, which leads to potential buyers being much more likely to make an offer on the home. Just like when you walk into a grocery store and smell delicious bread baking and see the lush, fresh produce, which creates an experience that entices you to buy more than what you came into the store to purchase.
When staging a home for sale, think CLEAN, DEPERSONALIZE and REPAIR. Decluttering is an essential step. Remove unnecessary furniture, decorations and personal items. Deep-clean everything, including the front porch, baseboards, closets, drawers and every surface. Repair anything that’s broken, rotted, squeaky or leaky. The goal is to create a clean, spacious and inviting environment in which potential buyers can imagine themselves living. They need to visualize themselves living in the home.
Staging a home to sell does not have to be expensive. Many sellers don’t consider staging because they believe it will be too expensive. Talk to a Realtor who specializes in helping customers get the highest and best return for the sale of their home and has a proven track record. Ask for the details on how much more the home sold for, relative to other homes in the same neighborhood, and check to see if the number of days on the market was reduced. The proof always will be in the pudding!
Proper staging will set your home apart from the crowd and, ultimately, enable it to sell for more money. We still have a strong seller’s market, but buyers will overlook a home that appears to need too much work. They will, however, pay more for a home that they connect with emotionally and can visualize themselves occupying. Key items in the staging process will create the warm, inviting atmosphere that makes your house shine.
– Anet Granger became a Realtor 20 years ago with a vision of offering world-class experience with hometown expertise to do work that is helpful to others.