Each potential home buyer has a uique list of must-haves in a future home. Their priorities are dictated by lifestyle, family size, budget and other factors. At Premiere Home Stagers we believe that there are a few items near the top of every buyer’s list.
Clean and well-maintained: A spotless home is key in attracting buyers. Cleanliness often equates to well-maintained in a buyer’s mind, so the positive impact of a clean home is doubled. Removing excess clutter plays into this concept as well. A buyer’s attention should be pointed to the features of the home not the personal belongings of the occupant.
Spaces that Work: Buyers often cannot visualize the size and scale of a space, so furniture proportional to that space is essential. When staging a home we seek to define the function of each area, as well as demonstrating spaciousness.
A Short To-Do List: Most buyers are not looking for a “project house”. Things like wallpapered rooms go right on their mental to-do list. If the list gets too long the buyer moves on to the next listing. Anticipating what items are cost-effective to undo before listing a home results in a quicker sale.
Some Architectural Interest: It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as a curved staircase but buyers are attracted to any architectural feature that sets a house apart.
Fireplaces often fill that desire and should be highlighted as the focal point of a room. Quirky spaces also draw a buyer’s interest and set a house apart. Few people want to live in the “cookie cutter” home.
This list is not exhaustive, of course. But it gives a homeowner a starting point for thinking like a potential buyer. And home staging is all about getting inside the buyer’s mind and anticipating what they want.