Help buyers fall in love with your home
It’s no longer about you, it’s about the buyers. Before you put your home on the market, consider hiring a home staging consultant. Staging is an invaluable step when selling your home. In fact, most homes that have been staged typically sell faster and for a higher dollar value.
As a realtor, I know that buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your home. Staging is important because it makes that process much easier. According to the National Association of Realtors, 62 percent of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. In my experience working with both sellers and buyers, this fact holds true.
Here are other some other statistics:
1. A typical home buyer decides if they are attracted to your home within 8 to 10 seconds of entering the front door.
2. Approximately 90% of potential home buyers cannot envision a home any differently than it looks.
3. Nearly 85% of home buyers want “move-in ready” and are willing to pay a premium for it!
Why Hire a Home Stager?
A home stager can help you come up with a strategy to simply show the buyer the potential of your home. They also know how to set up for photography, which is used online to market a home. I work with wonderful stagers in Sarasota that have helped me to successfully sell homes in your neighborhood. When working with sellers, I include a complimentary staging consultation.
How staging works A stager will do a walk-through your home with you and make recommendations on which existing pieces in the home will be assets and which should be removed. They come up with a list of high, medium and low budget options for re-design.
Stagers may bring in some of their own pieces or rent them. Even if you don’t need ‘full’ staging services consider a consultation.
Less is always more when selling your home
A home stager can quickly assess your home to determine the level of de-cluttering, keeping or adding the accessories to the space that add value to the room, and how much furniture a room should have to amply show its space to the fullest. They also know how to arrange furniture to optimize flow and functionality in your home.
First impressions matter
When the exterior makes a great first impression, home shoppers will want to see the inside of your home.
Consider a fresh coat of paint
A coat of paint can go a long way and is an easy, quick and inexpensive way to instantly update your house. Use timeless colors such a neutral beiges, greys and whites, which appeal to a wider group of people.
Remove clutter and personal items
Pack away important papers, family photographs, college diplomas, and memorabilia.
Never put an empty home on the market
Buyers notice more flaws when a home is vacant and may get the impression that the home feels smaller than it is, needs a lot of work when it only needs cosmetic updating. It may also give buyers the impression that you are desperate to sell, which could result in lower offers.
Fix, but don’t remodel before you sell
You may think you have great taste in kitchens, but the new owner may have different ideas. It’s better to spend the money on cosmetic fixes than an extensive remodel.
If you are thinking about selling your home, I highly recommend that you hire a home stager consultant before putting your home on the market.
Let me help you prepare to sell your home. Contact me today!