Your Budget Should Never Be An Excuse For A Lack of Preparation

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations
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As a professional Home Stager I hear it all the time...."there's no budget for home staging" or "we can't afford to stage our home".  Staging is one of the most misunderstood aspects of the real estate process.  

Staging comes in many different forms, and it can be customized to fit any budget.  Staging is not limited to hiring someone to bring in all new furnishings and accessories.  It usually doesn't even include major renovation.  

The easiest way to explain home staging is to refer to it as preparation.  Home Staging is a blanket term with services ranging from simple consults to full home makeovers, depending on the stager, the home, and the sellers' budget.

A Home Staging consult averages $150-$350 and includes room-by-room advice and tips on preparing the home for sale.  Anything the stager sees that could influence potential buyers is addressed.  At the end of 2 hours the sellers have a detailed to-do list and plan of action for presenting the best possible product.

Before you sell your home, you must prepare it for sale.  Whether you pay someone to do it for you, or pay someone to advise you on how to do it yourself, or simply go through the home and clean and organize as best you can.....it's all "staging" of some sort.  

Your budget has nothing to do with your ability

to clean your house

or donate a car full of stuff to Goodwill

or organize your closets

or rake the yard and sweep the porch

or any number of other things that fall under the category of preparing your home for sale.

Home Staging, simply put, is preparation.

 Preparation is the key to a faster sale!

Your budget should never be an excuse for a lack of preparation. 

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1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
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Sharon,

I totally agree.. preparation is always best.. prepare as best we can.

May 13, 2014 10:46 AM #57
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Judi:  As best we can....that's all I'm asking!

May 14, 2014 01:21 AM #58
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A. J. Zaki
REMAX Realty Pros - Boca Raton, FL
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                                                                                                                           Great post! Thank you for sharing.

May 14, 2014 02:49 AM #59
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John Jonas
ReplaceMyself - Virtual Assistants - Highland, UT
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Very well said. There's no excuse for being unprepared.

May 14, 2014 10:53 PM #60
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

A.J. :   Thank you for commenting!

John:  There is no shortage of excuses out there, LOL.

May 15, 2014 12:42 AM #61
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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Sharon-I believe home staging is money well spent, by not staging, in most cases, the sellers are leaving money on the table. 

May 15, 2014 03:24 AM #62
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Great little summary at the bottom. No, your budget does not stop you from preparing at the most basic level. Well done!

May 15, 2014 07:22 AM #63
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Hi Sharon,

Great post. Sometime sellers (and agents) are penny wise and dollar foolish.  Thanks for pointing it out.

May 15, 2014 12:00 PM #64
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sharon - that is well said.  Preparation by the homeowner is important and advice from a professional that sees things that they overlook is vital to making it right.

May 15, 2014 09:50 PM #65
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Agree. Hire a professional and you can never go wrong. It's going to be worth every cost.

May 16, 2014 02:33 AM #66
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Adrian:  They try to save money and it ends up costing them so much more!

Gary:  I appreciate it, thank you!

Wayne & Jean Marie:  It's human nature to try and save money, it's just not that smart when you are trying to sell you most valuable asset!

Grant:  Choosing the right professionals will make all the difference in the outcome!

Patty:  I would add hire the "right" professional, otherwise it could go very wrong, LOL!

 

May 16, 2014 05:39 AM #67
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

AMEN AMEN AMEN!  Another great post from the stager I wished lived near me!

May 19, 2014 03:47 AM #68
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debbie:  Thank you!  That is so nice to hear....I wish we could work together!

May 19, 2014 10:03 AM #69
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon,

I think many people shy away from paying the price of a Home Stager because they think they can get free advice from TV or their friends. I always know I'm going to have a difficult time selling a property when I see the green ivy and plastic flowers that were in a person's home when they purchased their home from the 90's. There are lots of people who think, it worked for them; it will work for the next buyer. But we know, times change and people do too. That old ivy and plastic decor doesn't do anything to improve the value of a home today.

 

Or they don't change the colors, tile, and other decor. A Stager like you brings so much value and the cost for your work is actually minimal in comparison to what they seller can receive, if only they'd listen. I highly recommend buyers consider hiring you to transform their homes because it really does make a difference.

 

May 20, 2014 04:45 AM #70
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

There are many things a seller can do to get their home better prepared to sell, and many of them do not cost anything. In one of the last homes I sold, I basically put a few decorations in the kitchen and bathrooms (including towels), hung a few pictures, and strategically placed some plants and pillows throughout the home. That was enough to generate some excitement. 

May 20, 2014 08:25 AM #71
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia:  Thank you!  Such a testimonial....I just may have to quote you on my website!

Troy:  Not all agents will make the effort.  I know agents who keep their own inventory for staging their listings.  The key is in knowing which accessories to use and how to use them!

May 20, 2014 11:03 PM #72
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Teresa K. Nelson
Windermere Real Estate/HLC - Woodinville, WA

Staged homes just "feel" better. Which equals quicker sale and higher price! Yes, preparation is important.

May 21, 2014 02:23 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Teresa:  They are more emotionally and visually appealing to buyers.  You can't ask for more than that!

May 21, 2014 07:03 AM #74
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, so true. People are just making excuses for being lazy. I always feel that those sellers who do not properly prepare their house for showings have no respect to the buyers. It's just like walking in you PJ to the wedding or special event. 

May 24, 2014 04:18 AM #75
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  I agree...usually just think they can list the house as is and people will throw money at them, LOL!

May 24, 2014 05:43 AM #76
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