Seven Home Staging Steps That Will Sell Your Home!

Reblogger Lyn Sims
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban

Sellers here's some great advice!  Define the space!  If you have been using your Dining Room area for a children's play center, buyers will not remember the 'function' of the room any other way.  Your room's function is a 'Dining Room' - as a family eating/gathering area not a pink Barbie play area!

Define the space with the highest $$ use for the broadest range of buyers.  This also applies for your Familyroom if used as a play area.  A garage that has been transformed into a 'Man Cave'.

This is from Sharon Tara a stager from New Hampshire.  Enjoy!   

Original content by Sharon Tara

Seven Home Staging Steps That Will Sell Your New Hampshire Home

Home staging is preparing a house for sale.  It is not decorating, it is marketing...strategic marketing.   If you want to sell your New Hampshire home in the shortest time possible, a home staging consult, prior to listing, will give you all the information you need to guarantee that your product is ready for market.

Here are seven home staging steps that could mean the difference between SOLD and EXPIRED:

1.  Update Light Fixtures  

This is an area where a little money spent can make a huge difference and add tremendous perceived value to your house.  You can add thousands of dollars of value by only spending a few hundred dollars.

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2.  Identify Red Flags

A red flag is something that gives potential buyers the impression that there is an existing problem, was a problem in the past, or could be a problem in the future.  Common examples include water stains, storage or space issues, light switches to nowhere, protruding wiring, evidence of pets, and lack of light.

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3.  Pre-Pack Your Stuff

If you want buyers to consider making your house their new home, you need to remove all evidence of you and your family.  The mistake most sellers make is either not removing enough or removing too much, leaving the house cold and vacant. 

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4.  Define Space and Function

Only 10% of buyers can actually visualize a room any other way than how you show it to them.   Don't expect potential buyers to try and figure out how to better arrange the furniture.  It is very important, when preparing a house for sale, to clearly define the space and function of each room. 

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5.  Maintenance Means Money

Your house is only worth what buyers are willing to pay for it.  The more a buyer believes the house has been well maintained, the more valuable they perceive it to be.  Buyers should be greeted with a spotless, move-in ready home, which gives the appearance of being well maintained and cared for.

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6.  Don't Underestimate The Bathroom 

The most personal room in your house is the bathroom, and it is the last place buyers want to be reminded that you live there.  Buyers know that other people are living in the house and obviously use the bathrooms, but emotionally, they don't want to think about it. 

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 7.  Transform With Paint

The biggest bang for your buck is using paint to improve your home's appearance.  Paint will make a room cleaner, fresher, brighter, and more stylish.  It gives buyers the impression that the house has been well maintained and cared for.

Paint can be used to help minimize negative features and to help showcase positive features.  It can be used to create a flow throughout the house and to create a lasting positive impression.

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Consult with a professional home stager prior to listing your home for the best results!



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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Thanks Lyn.  I've not seen Sharon Tara's staging before.   And you are so right about the function of a dining room, that so often get's relagated to some other use.

Aug 18, 2010 02:37 AM #1
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Linda:  I thought it was a great reblog as so many sellers make this mistake. Besides, I have a listing now with a Barbie pink playground wonder-world in a formal Diningroom! :-)

Aug 18, 2010 03:03 AM #2
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

I think many folks have a problem figuring out just what stagers do, and how their services are worth the price.  These seven examples go a great way towards proving the worth and the sense of having your home staged.  Very, very nice.

Aug 18, 2010 09:45 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Thanks so much Lyn!  I'm happy you found the post worthy of reblogging.

Aug 18, 2010 12:43 PM #4
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Great advise and photos of before/ after! Well done!!!

Aug 18, 2010 01:36 PM #5
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