Our Home Staging Guide
Staging means preparing a home for sale to appeal to the largest number of buyers, increasing the chances of selling quickly and for a higher price.
As a seller, you can stage your own home, have us help you stage it, or hire a professional home stager.
A new twist on home staging is "virtual" staging, which means that photos of a home are digitally enhanced to demonstrate the possibilities of the space.
THE BENEFITS OF HOME STAGING
Faster Sale, Higher Price.
When potential buyers can picture themselves living in the home, they will be more motivated to make a competitive offer.
Depersonalizing the home of family photos and other such items help buyers see the space as "theirs."
When potential buyers view a listing, they're thinking beyond what their eyes are showing them. They're visualizing themselves living in the space. Is the home a ideal place for growing children, or to enjoy retirement?
A home stager will take an objective approach to decluttering and decorating, allowing prospective purchasers to view the space as theirs.
Photographs of a stage home are more likely to attract interest online.
Since most homebuyers these days start their home hunt online, it's important to make a good impression through photos.
START WITH DECLUTTERING
"Decluttering" is the first step in staging your home.
Pack all non-essential items that you can live without until you move into your new home.
This will help with the staging process and will kick-start the packing process.
Donate or discard items that you don't want.
Personal framed photos, photos albums trophies and awards;
Extra bake ware and cooking items;
Rarely used kitchen gadgets, cookbooks and small appliances;
Collectibles, figurines, special occasion dishware;
Extra or out-of-season decor items;
Out-of-season clothing, coasts , boots and shoes;
Books, CDs, DVDs and games.
Plastic storage bins are great for items that may need to be stored for an unknown period of time.
Store these off-site if possible.
Consider renting a portable storage unit. Many companies provide these large containers that can be stored on their climate-controlled warehouse until you are ready to have it delivered to your new home!
Mistakes to avoid:
Don't spend a lot of money. Be resourceful.
Don't paint everything white. Opt for soft neutrals.
Don't cover up architectural details such as windows or the fireplace.
Don't try to hide odors with overpowering air fresheners and candles.
Don't make the house too sterile by removing everything. Your goal is "inviting and livable."
Vacant Home Issues
Selling a vacant home can be more convenient for the seller.
It presents an ideal opportunity to paint the walls, maintain the floors and complete any projects that might be difficult to complete while living in the home.
However, to buyers, a vacant home may appear empty, unloved and abandoned.
Staging a vacant home illustrates to buyers that it is well-maintained and helps them envision how each room can be used.
Ensure every room contains a piece that matches its role-beds in bedrooms, a desk in the home office, a table and chairs in the dining room.