Quick Sale + Extra Profit = Home Staging
When a real estate agents refer to staging is about decorating that is designed to showcase the best of the home’s asset to the eyes of the potential buyers. By doing so that may potentially shorten the length of the sale, attract high quality of buyers and increase the potential gain in sale from the property. Staging is also can see as a form of marketing of the listing property that often offer by realtors as outside service. Many home owners may not understand the need of staging a home. I often got asked “Why spend the money on staging, time and money?”, while we can spend the energy on our next home.
Why Home Staging Is Important
Although staging is optional, it really shouldn’t be. When you’re dealing with such a significant financial transaction, you do want to spend extra effort to increase the value of your home. The goal is not to settle for a lower selling price or a longer marketing period than you anticipated.
Relative to the amount of time and money involved, staging may be one of the most lucrative projects you ever undertake. Potential buyers aren’t just looking for a structure to inhabit – they’re looking to fulfill their dreams and improve their lifestyles. Staging helps sell those dreams and creates a more emotional purchase that can generate more money for the seller.
Home staging is also beneficial because potential buyers don’t want to see work that needs to be done upon moving into the home. For every problem they see, they’ll deduct its cost from their offering price. If they see too many problems, they’ll pass altogether.
15 Home Staging Tips:
- Depersonalize.A potential homebuyer needs to picture herself in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures of the kids hurts the illusion. Remove all personal photos and, if necessary, paint brightly colored walls a more neutral shade.2. Make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lights. You may have gotten used to seeing them, so tour your house with a critical eye (or ask someone else to), and repair anything that needs it.3. Chandeliers.One of the low-cost, high-return investments is chandeliers. “People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful ones for, at most, a few hundred dollars,” she says. “Many houses don’t have enough lighting to begin with, so if you’re having the electrician in anyway, have more overhead fixtures installed — or at least buy some great lamps.”
4. Be aware of scale in the house when it comes to furnishings. You might have a giant sofa that you love, but if it makes the room look small, it has to go. Aim for small groupings of furniture (ideally more than one in a room, especially a large one), with plenty of space around them.
5. A clean kitchen. Kitchen counters should be clear and clutter-free. A single bowl or vase holding cooking utensils is okay, but that’s about it. Store small appliances in cupboards if you must.
6. Kitchen decor. If your kitchen doesn’t have a backsplash, this is a weekend job that a reasonably handy person can tackle for little money. Invest in some gorgeous tiles (since you’re doing such a small area, it shouldn’t cost too much) or consider glass mosaics, mirror tile, or plain tile interspersed with a few fancy ones.
7. Replace boring or worn cabinet pulls with high-design new ones. Consider brushed steel, which look great with stainless steel appliances, or decorative ceramic.
8. Fresh linens. Make sure any visible linens (tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, etc.) are brand new or at least look brand new.
9. Spotless kitchen. Hire a professional cleaning company to get at all the little nooks and crannies, down to the last detail. This rule, incidentally, should apply to the whole house.
10. Fix up the bathroom. In the bathroom, an non attractive builder’s mirror can be replaced with a pretty framed mirror for under $100. For a little more, you can buy an antique or higher-end model from a housewares boutique. Switch out the lighting for a nice chandelier or some attractive new sconces and the bathroom will look as if it’s been renovated.
11. Get a hotel-chic look. Replace bathroom towel bars with well-designed ones from a designer bath boutique. You can get matched ensembles that include toilet tissue holder, wastebasket, trays, etc. Aim for the hotel chic look: Crisp white towels neatly stacked in a towel holder, small trays on the vanity holding attractive toiletries or soaps (wrapped or unused) and scented candles.
12. Keep clutter to a minimum.
13. Fix up the Master bedroom. Continue the luxury hotel look in the master bedroom: Multiple new pillows with shams or toss pillows in front, crisp white linens and a throw at the end of the bed. Keep end tables uncluttered, with matching lamps and nothing else except, perhaps, a tiny vase of flowers.
14. The exterior of your home should look as polished as the interior. This means neatly trimmed bushes, mulched flowerbeds and fresh seasonal arrangements in urns by the front door.
15. A great scent makes a house memorable. Baking cookies has become a cliche, but buy a room spray with a fragrance you love and spray the house sparingly before each showing. Home staging can be easy and inexpensive, especially if you focus on the small details. Then, just stand back and let your house shine and it is sure to impress potential homebuyers.
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