FL Staging FAQ's- The Buyer Will Paint When They Move In,Why Paint Now

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Boca Raton Staging FAQ’s-The Buyer Will Want Their Own Color, Why Paint?

When selling their home, one question Sellers ask during our Home Staging Consultation is “Why paint/replace the carpeting/change the light fixtures? The Buyer will want to choose their own, won’t they?”home staging faq"s

Hear This...More and More..Buyers Want Move-In Ready Homes!

Think about this:

1. In 2010, the median age of home buyers was 39.  These buyers are working hard in their careers and even if it’s a couple, both parties are usually working.  Their free time as well as desire to spend their weekends working on their house is limited.  


2.  We have evolved into a “Got to have it now”/Twitter/24 hour cable news society.   Buyers want a home that they can move into immediately; not one where they will have to move into and endure months of painting or having new flooring installed.


3.  The recent economy has made it hard on everyone.  Buyers may not have the extra funds to pour into home projects.  Even if they are  “DIY” owners, many projects still can take extra funds.  


Home Staging is an investment4. Many Buyers are reluctant to make a large investment in their homes fearful that they might not see the large  returns on their investment as they might have in the past.

Even investors with deep pockets must either get a property that requires little in the way of fixing up and updating or buy it at a price that reflects the condition of the house.  



5.  The Hassle-even if there is a carpet allowance, having to delay their move to their new home until the carpet is installed (or the new roof is put on) could present a problem and expense, especially if the buyer schedules the closing on his house to be on the same day as the closing on his new house.


6.  Often buyers would rather move into a home with new carpet updated light fixtures or paint that while it may not be what they would choose, allows them to comfortably live in their new home until they are ready to make their own changes.


7. Even with some markets picking up, buyers still need to fall in love with the property.  Buying a home has always been the single most important (and expensive) purchase they will make.  Now, even more, they want to feel good about what they’re buying.


If you plan to sell your home hire a Realtor who is the local expert and will know what  your targeted buyers want.  Then invest in a Home Staging Consultation to get a plan for preparing your home for your potential buyers.


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kristin- a Realtor told me that her Buyer couldn't get past the wallpaper in the house, even though the house was everything he was looking for.

Ron- hope this will help agents convince their sellers to make some changes.  (glad you liked the AR@AR)

Debbie- thanks for the suggest.  There will be a buyer for homes like that but the price will reflect the condition.

Scott- absolutely.  And rehabbers or investors still don't want to put so much into the property that they price themselves out of the market.



May 29, 2012 12:38 AM #18
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Kathy, I had this question yesterday! Their walls were a mess on the main floor from kids. The client didn't want to paint because the new buyers would only paint anyway! Wrong stream of thought folks!

May 29, 2012 12:39 AM #19
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Kathy -- I've heard this one response as well.  Buyers want clean and fresh -- no dirty and dingy.   As soon as you list your home for sale it has become a product for sale so you have to "gussy it up" for the buying public.  

May 29, 2012 01:13 AM #20
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, buyer do like to view a home ready to move in, and you are spot on!    Funds are usually tight when you move, and the less you need to spend to get the home ready to live in is better, even if they plan to make changes down the road!

May 29, 2012 01:22 AM #21
Eric Proulx
RealEstate.com - Kirkland, WA

Nice comprehensive post Kathy. It’s very important the house is in a condition the buyers will consider livable and sufficient until way later on down the road when it’s convenient for changes to be made, if they even want to!

May 29, 2012 01:49 AM #22
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Kathy, I particularly like point #6.  If the house is move in ready but not exactly what the buyers want, it allows them the TIME to do it.  Great post.  

May 29, 2012 01:51 AM #23
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Great blog post!  It's true that buyers nowadays are looking for move in condition.  But move in condition at the right price, and not crazy overpriced.

May 29, 2012 02:35 AM #24
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Excellent post Kathy... Surprised I had the opportunity to suggest.

May 29, 2012 03:14 AM #25
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Kathy, Home buyers do fall in love with the homes they want to buy.  Unless the buyer is an investor ... taking the time and investing the money to prepare a home for sale will almost always pay big dividends.  Hiring the right professionals is the key.  Great post!

May 29, 2012 04:49 AM #26
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Another great post, Kathy. Painting a neutral color makes any home look fresher and more appealing to prospective buyers.

May 29, 2012 06:08 AM #27
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Calling all sellers, calling all sellers-please read Kathy Streib's post-while a buyer may want their own color, they are more apt to fall in love with your house if you keep the colors light and neutral-then they can choose to paint, not feel that they MUST!!!

May 29, 2012 10:03 AM #28
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Janice- Many sellers have that same mind-set.  And yes there are buyers who will not care about the paint but the seller will miss out on many buyers who do. 

Michael- many people like to compare it to detailing your care when you try to sell it.  And, it really is a good analogy.

Joan- it's not every buyer who can or will go into their new home and spend $50K+ to do painting and updates and remodels. 

Eric- very much likie your post the other day!  Buyers don't want to feel as if they're "camping out" in their new home. 

Juli- that's it for so many buyers.  At least with some fresh paint and carpet, the buyer can live with until they decide what if any changes they want to make.

Jennifer- exactly, you have to know what will help in the sale and what is just overkill for your pricepoint.

John(QMan) - thank you... well the gold star is nice but they probably wouldn't mean as much if you got them all of the time.  Who am I kidding...yes they would!!!

Kathleen- and even now investors are going to look hard at how much they will have to sink into a property and definitely take this into consideration with the offer. 

Barbara Jo- I am always amazed at the difference changing the paint color can make.

Joanna- you are too funny!!!  A good neutral color and fresh carpeting will allow the buyer to move in.. live with the house and see what it is they really want to do. 


May 29, 2012 12:02 PM #29
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Kathy, Really good advice.  Also some buyers do not have the vision to see the space in another color or setting so by doing that for them it help them with the vision. 

May 29, 2012 12:36 PM #30
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Kathy:  Fresh paint makes a home look to clean!  I also think that when 1/2 of the things hanging on the walls are taken down, it would be a good thing to patch and paint before the house goes on the market - leaving the cans of leftover paint for the new owner.  

May 29, 2012 09:32 PM #31
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Also....worn carpet or dirty walls indicate a lack of maintenance.  This lessens the perceived value of the home.

May 30, 2012 10:57 AM #32
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

As always, beyond informative for sellers to understand the value of painting. To paint or not to paint is no longer a question. Just do it and stay in neutral!

May 31, 2012 12:58 PM #33
Irene Durocher
Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Kathy, great post. Do it now. A fresh coat of paint helps the selling process.

I had a seller a few years ago that had "neon orange " walls. I asked could you please

paint the walls off-white? She was reluctant , but she did with my help.

Jun 01, 2012 09:22 AM #34
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald- correct...buyers today not only want a move-in ready home, many can't "see" the rooms unless it's all laid out for them. 

Valerie- We've been lucky in that way.  The previous owners of our homes have always left cans of paint for us.

Emily- right on..... it really doesn't have to break the bank either.

Irene- I can only imagine what those walls looked like.  A buyer would probably need sunglasses!


Jun 05, 2012 10:33 AM #35
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

A few years ago everyone wanted the fixer.  Now they want them ready to go.  Thanks for a great post.

Jun 09, 2012 07:13 AM #36
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

A few years ago everyone wanted the fixer.  Now they want them ready to go.  Thanks for a great post.

Jun 10, 2012 09:57 AM #37
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