By Sarah Katie
So, you have decided to put your house up for sale in the market. Your house has been appraised and you have set your asking price and listed it with your real estate agent of choice. You wait anxiously for prospective purchasers to view your property and make an offer. Several months have passed and in spite of your optimism, not one offer has been received. Your agent isn't as forthcoming as she should be with feedback but the one phrase you have heard her say repeatedly is that your house just doesn't show well. But, what does this really mean?
Owners are often so proud of their home, which has been their favorite retreat for years, that they assume that others would be just as excited about its layout, decor and fittings. But, in order for buyers to see a house as a must have, they need to envision themselves living there. This can be extremely difficult if your property is too personalized, too cluttered or not renovated to standard.
Especially if still occupied by the owner, a house may have too many mementos and customized touches that may distract a buyer from seeing its true potential. Clutter makes a house seem smaller and disorganized. Furthermore, fix those leaky faucets, paint that stained wall and replace the broken tiles.
Many people wrongly assume that simply dusting, vacuuming and mopping will make their house sell. You need to prepare your house for sale after you have cleaned, painted and made minor changes.
Staging is presenting your home in the most attractive light which appeals to the majority of buyers. The fundamentals of staging a property for sale include depleting it of most personalized effects, neutralizing the decor so it appeals to all tastes, arranging furniture to maximize space, cleaning it until it sparkles and repairing any areas of the house that need attention. You can make your house look bigger, brighter, warmer and attractive by home staging.
Staging isn't difficult and doesn't have to be expensive. However, owners often find it challenging to be objective when they love their home just as it is. Have your agent schedule a viewing of a comparable property which is well staged, so that you can see how to make your house rise to the occasion.
Staging can not only help to sell your house faster but it can help you get closer to your asking price. Just as a job hunter will dress for success, so you want your house to look its best.
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