I have seen this situation repeatedly, too . . . sellers put houses on the market "as-is" in order to test the market, but they are NOT market-ready, the response is lukewarm at best, no offers are made, agents don't like showing it, and the price drops . . . sometimes a few times. The owners end up losing out because repairs and staging would have cost MUCH less than a few $10k or $20k price drops.
Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County- Sellers... If You Want to Stage Your House.. Do it Before You List It.
In the last 2 months I've received calls from both Realtors and Home owners with one common thread... they'd jumped the gun and put the cart before the horse. Most recently a Realtor called and their client's home needed some staging... badly.
Could I help? And can you get out there ASAP... The house is already listed but there aren't any usable photos up on the MLS!
No Problem: I'll clear my schedule and can be out tomorrow.
Can you consult with them about the paint... it hasn't been painted in years.. and can you help them decide which furniture they need to store.. they have too much.. and I know there's a dining room there but I don't see it!
No Problem: My consultation points out in detail what needs to be done and if they want I can provide Hands-On Staging!
Good...I really need some good "After" photos.
No Problem: I scheduled an appointment for a consultation, which was then cancelled.
The Owner decided to wait on the Staging since the house was already listed. "Well... since it's already listed..let's wait to see what happens."
OK...Now we have a problem- The Realtor is disappointed (I'm being kind here) because during the presentation, the owners were ready to get the house prepared and to get the home sold. The List Price suggested was based on improvements that would have been made from staging or getting the house ready to sell.
Problem : The Sellers while waiting to "take our chances and see what happens" will now be either entertaining low-ball offers for a house in poor condition or will be lowering their List Price to reflect the condition of the home.
Sellers... avoid unnecessary Problems...
Prepare Your Home BEFORE You List It!