Spring Staging Season
Here in Madison, WI, a fair amount of snow remains over a layer of ice. It has been bitterly cold, in fact today we broke a record low temperature. This makes buying or selling a house especially difficult. Very few people will venture out looking at homes when the sidewalks aren’t cleared away.
I was asked to stage a house, but delayed it for a week to make sure the freezing sleet and snow had made a reprieve. Even though the calendar says it’s not quite spring, it seems when the calendar turns to March, people decide enough is enough.
Inventory for buyers is still lower than usual, making it a sellers’ market. Sellers who waited to sell their houses since late December are now anxious to unload their carrying costs. This particular house was rented out until the end of the year. The owners then took some time to do the cleaning, small repairs, painting, and refinishing of wood floors. It is always a good idea to get your house ready to make a great first impression.
Instead of putting a table in the center of the kitchen, a breakfast bar on wheels fits nicely on the right wall. There is an outlet at counter height to plug in a coffee maker or mixer. A “pub-height” drop-leaf table is put next to the double window to take advantage of the natural light. When both sides of the drop-leaf table are extended, four chairs can be utilized .
The large master bedroom can be entered through the hallway or through the kitchen. The patio door opens to a large deck and a fenced-in backyard. There are two closets, one on either side of the bed.
Three bedroom, 1.5 bathroom ranch style houses with a garage, fenced in yard, and finished basement sell quickly in this area. The homeowner wisely chose to stage this house knowing it would sell quickly. They understood, once they viewed the completed staging, they could increase the listing amount to cover the staging costs. They know they will have done everything possible to get the most value in the shortest amount of time.
Let the staging and selling season begin. Call Premiere Stagers & Realty at 608-345-9396.