Recently, my partner and I were contacted by a design savvy home owner who knew they would have to do some improvements and staging to get their home in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener, ready for sale. After an in depth consultation, we made a number of recommendations for their Kitchen, living areas and basement which they not only agreed to, they were excited about implementing.
Rooms in Bloom was hired to come in after they were finished upgrading things such as the kitchen countertops, painting a few of the principal rooms and changing out some of the light fixtures. Once we were done staging the home, the realtor our clients were working with came over to inspect the results and was floored. He had advised a listing price prior to our staging efforts but after touring the home, he increased the listing price by $20,000.00! Our clients were thrilled and thanked us for all our help - we LOVE it when our clients see the immediate benefits of staging!
Well, a week later we got a call from our clients and they had sold their home for 95% of the higher listing price! We love sharing success stories like this because it proves, without question, that home staging increases a home's perceived value so that buyers not only justify the asking price, they fight for the right to purchase it!
Our clients spent $1,200 on staging and $1,500 on the other upgrades in their home. The return? Another $16,000 to put towards their new home and a short, stress-free selling experience.
As I often hear being said: "Price brings in the buyers; staging sells the home."
Heather Cook is Co-Owner and Principal Staging Designer of the award winning Rooms in Bloom Home Staging & Design Inc. based out of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON.
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