Staging a home and staging it right

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty
Whether you stage your home yourself or hire a professional staging can make the difference between selling your property or having it sit on the market. The cost of home staging can vary depending on location. It is a value-added service that prepares a home for sale with a sellers budget and time frame in mind. Convincing the seller of the benefits of staging is the toughest part. The seller usually thinks the homes was ok for me so it will be ok for the next person. I like to think of it as preparing for guests. You want your home to shine and look its best. Remember success is preparation meeting opportunity! Statistically homes listed for sale after staging remain on the market an average of 32-42 days. In a slow market, it is important to prepare a home for sale. Prospective homebuyers in this market are likely to scrutinize every aspect of your home during a showing. What that breaks down to in terms of what you can do to help position your home are some very basic and simple principles. Remove the Clutter from rooms. Believe me when I say this; your “stuff” holds no value in the eyes of a perspective buyer. It may be your most prized possession but to the buyer it may be “clutter” that distracts them from making that emotional decision to buy your home and make it their own. I have a client in Richfield, MN and I suggested that prior to selling her home, she remove her personal items. When the inspector came to her home she was amazed at how beautifully staged her home was. Her comment, "I see many homes, but to see one show so beautifully is truly amazing, this home shines." REMEMBER: They are not buying your stuff; they are buying your home.

Comments (6)

Ted Mackel
Keller Williams Realty Simi Valley - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate Agent

Welcome to ActiveRain. Congratulations on your first post. Get around and check out the community, you'll quickly figure out how to supercharge your blogging skills.

Jun 04, 2008 07:19 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

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Jun 04, 2008 09:27 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

Troy Trumm

Jun 04, 2008 09:27 AM
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here.  It is a great education and lot s of fun.  Looks like you're off to a great start...keep it up!

Jun 04, 2008 10:52 AM
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello,

I would like to welcome you to Active Rain!

I hope to see more of your blogs in the future!

Educate us, learn from others and don't forget to have a little fun while you're at it!

Take care!

Jun 04, 2008 01:06 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Deborah,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!

-Keith

Jun 04, 2008 02:39 PM