Excerpted from: Staging Your Home: How to Make Buyers Fall in Love, By: HouseLogic published: April 12, 2018
A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:
- 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
- 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
- 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket.
Premiere Stagers & Realty offers staging services to clients as part of their listing services.
Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. On average, home sellers pay between $1200 and $2500 for vacant staging for 60 days.
Premiere Stagers & Realty offers consultations for $165 for 1.5 hours, plus a written report. Using the advice you learn during the consultation may be your best option if you’re on a tight budget.
What You Should Do
No buyer wants to walk into a messy house. Psychologically, buyers will think the house was not well-cared for.
So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations. Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing and window washing. Change out light bulbs, make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out closet spaces and cabinetry— because buyers will open them to see how much space there is.
Remove personal items from view, such as family photos, questionable artwork, or religious keepsakes. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there.
Make an Emotional Connection
You don’t have to stage your whole house for buyers to make an emotional connection.
Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the main living room, dining room, kitchen and powder room. Follow up with the master bedroom and bath. You can leave the extra bedrooms and lower level family room vacant.
Even small touches, like a new door mat, new towels and bedding, and subtle nice smells make a difference.
Don’t forget to spruce up the exterior surfaces and landscaping, no matter what the season.
Contact a Professional
For more tips, ideas, and information, contact Premiere Stagers & Realty at 608-345-9396. Ask me how I can make your house more efficient and comfortable for you, or alternatively, how I can make your house stand out from amongst the competition and get it sold.