Is home staging something you should consider? Yes!

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate

If spending a couple days working on your house and a couple of hundred dollars could help your home sell in under two months and for more money, would you do it?

Pretty much everyone would say yes, right?  Then why don't more people consider staging a home?

If you can, hire a professional staging service. The costs to modernize window treatments, paint colors and art work can be minimal, and the payback in higher selling price and quicker selling time can be enormous. Some people also consider furniture rental for vacant homes; this can turn vast empty spaces into a home the buyers can see themselves living in.

The cost of professional staging services is often less than you think. One nearby company lists costs as $195 for a do it yourself guide filled with suggestions of things like paint colors and where to put your furniture. A complete home staging using your furnishing runs $595 to $895 (furniture and accessory rental extra).  According to industry data, staged homes spend 80% less time on the market, and staging costs have up to a 578% return on investment.

If a professional stager is not in your budget, we offer a free staging consultation for all of our sellers

There are also some simple things anyone can do to help a home show better and sell faster:

  • Remove all the personal photographs. You love to see your wedding photo, your children and grandchildren, but the goal is to have buyers see themselves in your home. Your family's faces on the wall tells the buyer this is your home, not theirs.
  • Declutter. You are moving, right? So pack away the knick knack collections. Clear the appliances and papers off the kitchen counters. Have the entry areas clear inside and out.
  • If your furniture is older or dated, invest in some modern slip covers to freshen them up.
  • Remove any dated window coverings and replace them with more modern pieces. This can be done inexpensively by shopping discount stores or even the local Swiss Colony outlet store.
  • Put away the silk flower arrangements and replace them with a few real plants throughout your home. Don't go for a jungle, but a few glossy green plants or succulents in the kitchen and living spaces can modernize things.
  • Take a weekend to fix the little things: broken light switches, door latches, holes in the walls, off-track sliding doors, missing trim pieces, etc. Invest in a little paint to freshen up any dated color schemes or spongepainting.
  • Buyers will see everything, so make sure your home is clean for every showing. The bathroom should sparkle, the corners of the rooms should be dust-free, windows should be free from little handprints.

Staging can be time and money very well spent, making a difference in how quickly your home sells and how much your home sells for.  When something if familiar, we tend to take it for granted and stop seeing it as clearly. This is a fact that home sellers need to be aware of.  Staging can be that important first step towards moving.

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Brenda Carus
Towne Square Realty
Certified EcoBroker, Re/Max Green Agent
Monroe Area Real Estate

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Rainmaker
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Dawn Isenhower
Sibcy Cline Realtors - Milford, OH

Great post! This is very important in the high-inventory market that exists today. Anything that will give the seller an advantage over the competition is critical.

Mar 21, 2009 01:22 PM #1
Rainer
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KO Designs
KO Designs, LLC - Kansas City, MO

This is a great post...Just like you mentioned most home stagers offer a range of options for any budget. A small upfront investment in time & resources can help a house sale more quickly and at a desired price.

May 15, 2009 12:11 PM #2
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Pam Faulkner
Faulkner House Interior Redesign - Herndon, VA
Room Transformations Fairfax & Loudoun Counties VA

Every home should have at least a professional staging consultation so that the sellers have a clear idea of what their options might be for readying their home for sale.  Too often they misunderstand the psychology of home selling and appealing to buyers and end up doing too much, too little or spending too much time on the wrong things.

The little things you mention are so important and can create an impression of a well maintained home.  They can cost the least yet have a big impact.

The sellers may be able to do the things themselves, but if they are not do-it-yourself types it would be money well spent to have a good handyman do the work.

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