December 2018

The expense to stage a home is usually worth the cost. In many cases, the “to be listed” property shows well, so it is not necessary to bring on more furniture and accessories. Often, real estate agents will encourage sellers to remove clutter and personal items to make the home show better and appear larger and/or more functional. It is also a good idea to remove personal items, and especially those items that can “walk away” during an open house. That very seldom occurs; however, it is better to avoid the temptation than suffer the loss. When agents show a home, they accompany their client, typically know their client, and will be present during showings. In an open house, the realtor tends to let everyone in to look, even those that may not necessarily be qualified to buy or may not be sure of their purpose for being in the house.

The idea of staging is for the potential buyers to see themselves in your home. It needs to feel like a home, and look like it is a comfortable, functional place to live. Rooms that collect clutter add nothing to the saleability of the home. Make the room into something useful, an office, workout room or spare bedroom, for example. Make sure all window coverings are open, and the windows are clean. Light and bright sells a home. Change out the lightbulbs if they are out or low wattage. Today, LED lighting is both economical and pleasing to the eye, not to mention much less maintenance.

Most real estate professionals agree that a staged home sells faster. Staging can be used to accent the positives in the house, i.e., large living room, formal dining area, and minimize a negative, such as a smaller bedroom, by staging with a smaller bed.

Your realtor has access to a consultant who will review your existing furnishings to determine what stays and what goes. They also have complete staging for the home available. When is the last time you walked into a new home development and the home wasn’t staged? Probably never.

The cost for staging varies from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending upon the extent of the furniture and related items needed to make the buyers imagine themselves in your home.

In a slower market, rather than reduce the price, in most cases it is better to spend some money to at least have a consultant or a staging company maximize your home’s potential. Our goal is to get the highest price in the shortest amount of time.

As we enter into the time of year when we are giving thanks and sharing gifting with family, friends, and co-workers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for all the support and encouragement you have given me through the year. Without you, I am confident that I could not have accomplished as much as I did. It is all of you who have made my Real Estate profession such a rewarding and very enjoyable endeavor. Happy Holidays!!Type your paragraph here.

Should you “stage” your home to sell it?