Price Isn't Everything...

By
Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Price Isn’t Everything...

 

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to the Golden Arches or The Capital Grille, you want the restaurant to be neat, clean, and inviting

 

The same could be said of buyers when they’re looking for a home to buy.  

 

 

home staging

 

 

There are some sellers who think that just because a home has a lower price-point it doesn’t have to be as “perfect” as a home with a higher price point. 

 

But like diners going into the golden arches, buyers still want the property they’re viewing to be clean and in good condition. 

 

You don’t have to redo your kitchen or bath area and put in all new flooring.  

 

If your budget won’t allow for all new light fixtures in your home, make sure the ones you have work. 

 

If you don’t have a landscaping service, you can still make sure that weeds are pulled and dead plants and flowers are tossed. 

Rent or borrow a pressure cleaner and go after your sidewalks and driveway. 

Replace brown patches in your lawn with sod. 

 

Don’t have a budget for new appliances? Clean and shine the ones you have. Remove magnets, etc on the front of your fridge. 

 

If you have room in your budget, the one item that really can help your property show well, regardless of pricepoint, is fresh paint. However, before you pick up that paintbrush, ask you agent or stager for color suggestions. 



Make sure that whatever you have is spotless, inside, on top of, under and everywhere else. 

 

Whether your home lists at $80,000 or $800,000, it deserves to look its best to your buyers!

 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Home Selling
Groups:
Realtors®
Addicted to Active Rain
Bananatude
Bartender, Make it a Double
WeBlog Anything (almost)!
Tags:
home staging

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
4,451,112
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy,

We agree, and I make an exception at Cold Spring Tavern, where the restrooms are not to my liking...A

Jul 18, 2019 11:31 AM #12
Ambassador
2,861,987
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

I agree Kathy Streib spotless home inside and out  is the best way got say SOLD!

Jul 18, 2019 11:42 AM #13
Rainmaker
1,220,174
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I couldn't agree more with you Kathy Streib. A clean and well-maintained home shows the potential buyer that the seller cares about their property. 

Jul 18, 2019 12:40 PM #14
Ambassador
3,874,941
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Donald Urschalitz I agree. It's amazing what I've seen in some of the homes I've been in and can only imagine what agents see. 

Barbara Todaro absolutely, it doesn't matter what the list price is. 

Jul 18, 2019 01:19 PM #15
Ambassador
3,874,941
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander you are so right. I've even had agents tell me that they wouldn't consider staging for any home under a certain pricepoint. 

Wayne Martin clean goes a long way, doesn't it?

Good point Michael Jacobs if they don't care enough to clean their home what else do they not care about regarding the house. 

Jul 18, 2019 01:23 PM #16
Ambassador
3,874,941
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat Palmiotti I agree!  And yet, I've seen homes that were on the market with beds unmade and dirty floors, and just filthy.

Brian England that's it exactly.  Buyers can tell when a seller has taken pride in their property. 

 

Jul 18, 2019 01:35 PM #17
Ambassador
3,874,941
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Beth Atalay This is so true. Buyers at all pricepoints want to see a property that is clean and neat!

Sharon Lee sellers don't have to spend a fortune. 

Thank you Sheila Anderson A property that is picked up and neat lets buyers know that the sellers care about their home. 

Jul 18, 2019 01:38 PM #18
Ambassador
3,874,941
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thanks Grant Schneider I don't care if the place is giving the food away, I want the place to be clean and neat. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Larry and I turned around and walked out of a place once because the entry was filthy. 

Jul 18, 2019 01:41 PM #19
Ambassador
3,874,941
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 I know it's the first thing that agents recommend to sellers...clean it and pick it up. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you. I've seen many modest homes that were so neat and well cared for. I could see someone falling in love with it. 

Jul 18, 2019 01:44 PM #20
Ambassador
3,104,069
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I can tell a house that has pride in ownership and like you say, price isn’t everything, 🤓 Kathy Streib 

Jul 18, 2019 02:02 PM #21
Ambassador
3,803,473
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy you are right price and location are important, but those first impressions happen only once and have to be taken advantage of.

Jul 18, 2019 03:06 PM #22
Rainmaker
2,918,377
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

So very true.  When we look at homes my wife is first interested in the living room, kitchen and master bedroom/bath.  If those are to her liking the rest is history.

Jul 19, 2019 12:55 AM #23
Rainmaker
3,098,432
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... those are the same agents who also won't do professional photography, brochures, etc. for homes under a certain price. Very short sighted, if you ask me. I provide the same level of professional services to all my clients and it gains me loyal clients who repeat and refer. Some of my biggest referring clients were those in the lower price points.

Jul 19, 2019 04:05 AM #24
Rainmaker
2,113,377
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Amen!

Perception is key. If buyers believe a home has been well maintained, they will value it. A lack of maintenance reduces perceived value in the minds of buyers.

Jul 19, 2019 07:05 PM #25
Rainmaker
3,256,143
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

No one can complain about "too much clean" !

Jul 20, 2019 03:29 AM #26
Rainmaker
401,223
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Clean does make a difference.

Trashy home/yard can also put a question in the buyers mind: what else was not maintained?

Jul 20, 2019 06:46 AM #27
Ambassador
3,991,296
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

I totally agree. A clean, neat home, no matter what the price point, really does make a difference, and sellers are fooling themselve if they think the sellers' market will mean that buyers won't notice or care - but they do. and it starts with those photos online!

Jeff

Jul 20, 2019 10:32 AM #28
Rainmaker
515,563
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is an excellent point--no matter what the price or condition, buyers want to see a clean, well kept property. I tell this to my elderly sellers who have outdated decor as well as the updated properties with sellers that are rather lax with their cleaning...

Jul 20, 2019 03:51 PM #29
Rainer
477,614
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Amen.

Jul 26, 2019 01:36 PM #30
Rainmaker
631,078
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

EXACTLY!!!!!  

Aug 16, 2019 04:49 AM #31
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
3,874,941

Kathy Streib

Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Have a question about Home Staging?
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information