Staging your Schaumburg Home to Sell, Phase 4

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban

Welcome back to Stage-apalooza and in this 4th Phase of the program I want to talk about updates and repairs to your home.staging advice,lyn sims,  

It's common knowledge that buyers are looking for the home with the least amount of work and the best price.  If you have a misconception that buyers want to 'do it their way' you are unfortunately going to be in for a rude awakening 180 days down the road and your home still hasn't sold!

Now that I've burst your balloon what can you do? You can prepare your home to be the most neutral that it can be to appeal to the largest amount of buyers.  Make your home as spacious as possible because you are selling space and lifestyle.  Be sure that you target your updates and staging efforts towards your most likely buyer.  

What I mean by this is if you live in an over 55 community, don't stage your home with childrens rooms.  Same might also be said for that 2 bedroom townhome.  Another example would be a 4 bedroom colonial with no furniture in what would surely be the kids rooms.  With just a little pre-planning and forethought you can easily make your rooms as appealing as possible.

Also, please return all rooms back to what they were originally intended.  If your daughter has taken over your formal dining room with her 'Barbie' playhouse, limo and kitchen set - let's get that back to what it was originally used for even if it's only for Christmas!  Buyers make comments about this all the time!

Stagingand readying your homefor sale is not a new marketing fad.  This is what the markethasbecome so I hope you will embrace it and help your home to sell. I personally share my advice with my sellers so they willstandout in today's competative market.

My goal is to offer the best advice in one location and help give yourhome that marketing 'edge'.

Phase 5
Phase 3
Phase 2
Phase 1
8 Reasons Why your House Won't Sell
Show off that 'Space' your Selling
Hey, is your home 'Overdressed?'

This is NOT the way to show your house!
Does each room pass the 'Yardstick Test?'
What Rooms are the Most Important?
Will Buyers Remember you as the 'Stinky House?'

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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Lyn, all great tips and you got it right about buyers really wanting a home needing the least amount of work...your home to sell needs to be the best value on the block in the best condition.

Oct 05, 2011 08:10 AM #1
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

When I first started in real estate, people loved fixer uppers. NOT NOW! I love the point of returning the roomns back to their original intent!

Oct 06, 2011 05:54 AM #2
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Lynn lots of good advice here.  Color can certainly make a difference in the appearance of a home and how it is received by a potential buyer.

Oct 07, 2011 01:13 AM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Lyn ~ Showing a room's original function is really important when you're selling your home.  Those dining rooms used as offices or for pool tables or (as I saw recently) a workout room need to go back to the dining function.  Even if buyers decide they'd use the room differently, they want to see a home with the rooms showing what they're "supposed" to be, otherwise buyers get confused.

Oct 08, 2011 12:16 PM #4
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Maureen:  Agreed, sometimes it chops up the houses flow also making it confusing for buyers. You can use your house how ever you choose but should show it as it was intended when selling for optimum marketability.

Oct 09, 2011 05:55 AM #5
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