I'm sure you've heard the old saying "You only get one chance to make a first impression" well it's very true, especially when your home is the object of introduction. In today's blog we are going to talk a bit about how to introduce others to the best attributes of your home.
Selling your home can be a stressful event and not always an easy process, but if you can show potential buyers the best your home has to offer, the you can often times see better and faster results.
This brings us to the concept of Home Staging. In case you aren't familiar...home staging is the process of preparing a house for sale by decluttering and furnishing the house in a manner that appeals to the highest amount of potential buyers. The idea is to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers by highlighting the best attributes of the home, and in some cases down playing the less saleable features. Home staging often times sells a home more quickly and for more money.
Look how staging created a wonderful open feel to this space
Faster results...more money
Would you like your home to sell for more money and faster? Then you need to consider home staging. Staged homes can have unparalleled success results. In a study conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on the average 90% of homes that are staged sell in the first 30 days, and oftentimes to the first buyers and highest bidder. That means more money and less time on the market for you and your home.
Get them living in your space
You know the perks of living in your home, but for most prospective buyers, they can't always see the potential on their walk through. Staging a home pare the space down, incorporates the essential items in neutral palettes, and that makes it a home to all potential buyers. Space planning essentially allows them to imagine the life they would live there.
Show Me The Money
Did you know that staged homes can sell for 6% or more over asking price than non staged homes? In a survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. it was found that staging creates a buyer mentality. By arranging furniture and decor you can tap into a type of "depersonalization" that allows buyers to see your home as they would a newly built home.
Did you know that on the average a potential buyer decides in the first 10 seconds after stepping into the home whether they are interested in buying it? In most cases they are forming an opinion upon pulling into your driveway. So don't forget to think about how your home looks from the outside as well.
Achieve a WOW factor
Use the powerful tool of Home Staging and you can create a WOW factor for not just your home, but for the potential buyers as well.
Once staged your home will be showing in the very best light. Your buyers will walk up the a front entrance that has a clean and attractive curb appeal, and each space will showcase it's true potential and how efficient it can be. Your potential buyers will be excited to see their lives in your past space.
Staging usually uses neutral and calming palettes of color with hints of accessorized color which effects mood and emotion (I think we've heard that in a blog before) which helps those buyers feel good about the home and possible purchase.
You need not stress
As we touched on above, there can be a lot of stress selling a home, and without the proper staging, you could stand to make less and take longer to sell your house. Staging with a professional can relieve that stress, and here's why...
When you choose a professional stager you work with someone who has the experience to show your home's attributes. Real estate agents generally do not have the experience to stage your home, doing it yourself can backfire if you stage improperly.
A home stager has a different perspective as they are not attached emotionally to your home the way you are. They can see all the attributes of your home both good and "less appealing". This fresh set of eyes can ultimately pay off with a more effective staging. Plus, professional home stagers have access to a network that can help with painting, furnishings, and lighting elements.
Choosing a professional...
When working with a professional stager, look for someone like our own award winning designer/stager Debbie McCarter, with over 20 years of experience Debbie can make your selling experience easier and more profitable.
Since you're here, why not visit our site and take a look at the amazing staged transformations Debbie has done for our past clients. We know you'll love them and feel inspired to try home staging.
For questions about how you can benefit from Debbie's experience...drop a comment, or contact us directly and schedule an in house consultation!
As always, until next blog...
Have a stylin' day!