What's the purpose of staging? Staging your home is not concealing any structural defects. It is showing your home, with all it's warts and bumps, in the best possible light. It doesn't add another full bath or add that basement you should have gotten from the builder. It's taking your home, picturing it as a blank canvas and showing it to it's best advantage. Not to mention, we don't want it to cost a lot of money!
I think that staging has become popular because many buyers do not want to see the new home they are going to purchase in it's current worn out condition. I really can't blame buyers and I think that some of this feeling comes from the fact that buyers were forced to take homes in their less than peak condition when real estate prices were at their highest. Now, the trend has turned again and buyers do not want to 'settle' for your 1980's wallpaper that should have been removed in the 90's. Today's buyers will just move along to another home that has less work or no work (updating) to do at all.
This is not a new real estate fad and neither is it HGTV. This is what the market has come to expect so I hope you will embrace it. It will definitely help your home to sell and get you more money.
Staging Your Home - What rooms should be staged?
While making a good first impression is your obvious task which rooms are the most important? This video gives suggestions and goes room by room with before and after ideas on where to put your energies first.
This is important because this gives that needed first impression. Buyers make up their mind within a very short time about a house so don't blow it with a cluttered foyer. Tidy up the floors, remove boots and shoes and anything else not mandatory. In fact, it might be a good idea to remove some furniture, plants, umbrella stands to give more room when buyers enter your home. Since most buyers will remove their shoes as a courtesy, please be sure the floor is clean. This is a pet peeve of most agents too - dust bunnies and dog hair on their socks.
Living Room -
Should look inviting from the foyer area. Buyers should feel encouraged to enter the room. Please remove all family pictures too as we want buyers to focus on the room itself not who lives there. Be sure there is enough light in the room also. Pull back the sheers, open up those blinds, let in the sun.
Dining Room -
Most buyers look forward to getting that formal Dining Area on their wish list. But is yours now the 'Pink Barbie' room? Your son 'Bobby' is now 'Speed Racer' with all his assembled race tracks? Please return the room to what it was originally intended - a family Dining Area. Is there enough room to walk around the table?
Nothing on the refrigerator (pictures, schedules, magnets) and no appliances on the counters except for one item - just pick one, be it the coffee pot or toaster. This portion of your home has to be squeeky clean and everything has to shine.
Family Room -
How big is that TV of yours? Is it larger than your couch? It shouldn't be and how much furniture is in your Family Room? Be sure there is a clear traffic flow in this room to show it's potential. If 'Bobby' has taken over this room with 'Speed Racer' you'll have to pack it up for assembly at the new house. Please remember we're selling space here!
Master Bedroom -
How much furniture have you got in there? Since most Master Bedrooms are the largest bedroom in the house, does it also have the most furniture? Be sure that the room feels relaxing and spacious. Take a critical eye and remove/stash/hide all personal items from view. Be sure there is enough light available for viewing and be sure all lights are on and window treatments are open for all showings (banish those black out draperies).
Let's talk 'Meat and Potatoes'
This is the the 'heavy lifting portion' of putting your home on the market. All parts and segments of staging your home are important and will eventually blend together to make your home shine on the market. With proper planning and direction these staging videos will give you examples on what will make the largest impact for your future buyers.
Sellers should not feel reluctant in preparing their home. It's just presenting your home in it's best possible light to future buyers. Buyers in turn want to see homes that will fit how they want to live not 'with a little work'.
Think of it this way ...... you walk into Macy's and see a great pair of shoes. You ask the salesmen for your size and out comes your selection in a tattered, yellow paint speckled box. Upon opening the box, you find the inside is painted bright Barbie pink and the shoes you expected to try on are all worn and muddy. Oh, and don't forget you're going to pay $200,000 for them too.
Get the picture? No one wants tattered, torn, old and wallpapered.
Make sure your home stands out from the rest. I'm here to help you do that every step of the way.