Staging your home really helps it sell!

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Advice to Sellers - Staging your home really helps it sell!

Last week was really a 'visual' week in extremes.  My one post entitled 'The glamorous job of a Realtor©' tried to show you the kinds of homes that we might see during the course of showing or on listing appointments.  One of the things that I desperately try to point out to sellers is the competition that is currently on the market in our area.  When I do a listing appointment I come armed with how many homes are in a particular price range, absorption rates for your city and a game plan to get you sold quickly and on your way to your new home!

What's the most overlooked piece of advice?  Staging your home.  If you are already rolling your eyes and starting to whine in your head - 'But Lyn, my home is nice right now'.  'But Lyn, I have to live here ya know'.  I've got news for you, buyers don't care about what you think.  They want to purchase a home that looks great, smells great and has the best price!

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So, where do you fit in?  Where do you want to fit in?  Why would you spend time detailing your car to sell on Craigslist but not 'detail your home'?  It's the same thing.  You're doing it to create optimum value for the buyer.

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Here's is a series of posts that I think will help you get an idea of what 'the market' is looking for and what trends can help you.

 

 

All these photos are from successfully closed homes or staged homes on the market now!   These are real homes in the Schaumburg area!

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Lyn,

Great tips, absolutely, especially since it opens up the imagination of buyers as to how the house can be used, nice work!

Feb 09, 2010 01:20 AM #1
Rainer
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Delete Acct Desert Communities
Palm Desert, CA

Love the before and after photos and yes, staging does work!

Feb 09, 2010 01:20 AM #2
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Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Excellent examples of staged homes, Lyn. It still amazes me how many agents can't see the value in staging their listings.

Debi

Feb 09, 2010 02:14 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Ron or Alexandra:  It really makes a difference to the buyers.

Debi:  You know that having great pictures is another sales tool.

Feb 09, 2010 02:30 AM #4
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Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI

I agree Lyn, staging makes such a huge difference for that first and lasting impression.

Feb 09, 2010 03:15 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Bob: Just wanted to give examples of sellers that get it and present their homes in the best light.

Feb 09, 2010 04:00 AM #6
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Matthew Naumann
Exit Realty Charleston Group - Goose Creek, SC
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Lyn,

Great Post. Thanks for sharing all of these great examples.

Matt Naumann

Feb 09, 2010 04:21 AM #7
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Lyn, I had a seller that almost fell over when I told her to sweep the floor and vacumm the carpets.  I won't even repeat what she said when I told her she needed then to was the floor!

Feb 09, 2010 06:16 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Lyn - Staging is a must and it is all in the details.  Great point!

Feb 09, 2010 01:02 PM #9
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Lyn, YES stage stage stage makes all the difference in the world,  DAH most don't get it... we look at magazines, TV, builders homes DO they ever show a vacant property... Have a great weekDallas Apartment Locator, Lynn911.com, Dallas Aparment Finder, Dallas Apartments for Rent, Dallas Apartment Rentals

Feb 10, 2010 03:17 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Lynn:  Your right about the magazines, etc. & I've never thought about it that way before. The magazines don't have everyone's clutter everywhere!

Feb 10, 2010 05:37 AM #11
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Renée Burrows
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
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Feb 14, 2010 02:54 PM #12
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

I have a new construction with a difficult layout, it definitely needs to be staged when it is complete. Thanks for sharing yours.

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