In this ever changing market it is important to always go above and beyond to make your listings stand out above the rest. Staging a property is key! If you feel it's something you can't tackle then you can always bring someone in from the outside however staging also doesn't have to be a costly or a major project.
Here are some easy tips to keep in mind while staging...
- The home must have a detailed cleaning inside and out...appearance and curb appeal is a must
- Maximize space as people respond to space. You will want to de-clutter the home as much as possible
- It is important that each room be staged for its intended purpose. If your client has transformed a bedroom into an office, you will want to stage it as an actual bedroom.
- Rearrange furniture, position furniture towards a focal point in a room. Each room has its own focal point or else you can create one. It's always best to use something architectural (fireplace or built-in) as a focal point versus furniture as you are selling the home and want to focus on something that will actually stay with the home versus a big screen television.
Keep in mind that while you are staging your home, you are not only selling the home but you are also selling a lifestyle. We all know that most people buy by emotion so people need to feel a connection.
Below are some pictures of one of my recent vacant listings that I staged. I didn't really have to spend any money as the items I used to stage this home were from my inventory. I always look for sale or clearance items when needing to add some pieces to my collection.