Why Should I Stage?

When potential buyers first enter your home, it is the first impression that will stay with them when considering purchase. It is likely that they will be shown numerous homes within the same day or week. Making your home memorable can be done by thoughtful staging.

A home that is unkempt will give buyers negative feelings of the space.

  • Clutter may suggest that there is not enough storage available.
  • Disrepair can show that there may be other issues below the surface that have not been maintained.
  • Disorder in a home makes it hard for buyers to see past the current state and into an orderly environment.

Last week we spoke about the basics for getting your house ready for market. They included:

  • cleaning
  • de-cluttering
  • de-personalizing
  • organizing storage space
  • reducing the extra
  • reviewing your outside space as well.

This is what every home owner should consider doing to better prepare their home for the marketplace.

But what if you want your home to stand out from the rest.... to actually be memorable to the prospects that will be looking at your home along with a number of other homes.  What can you do to help your home appear like a good fit for a prospective buyer?

This is where house staging becomes  important to selling your home. From first impressions to possible layouts, home staging provides potential buyers with a visual representation of a home and can help you sell your home quickly and for a competitive price.

In today’s market, making a great first impression is especially important. With most home listings available to view on a realtor’s website, the staging shown in the website’s photographs will either increase the buyer’s interest or eliminate the property from the options. The staging in the photographs can increase the viewings of the home, increasing the possibility of a sale.

Showcasing the best side of a home to create interest and help you get top dollar. There are a few things that can be done with things you most likely have in your home.

Some  staging ideas to consider:

  1. Traffic flow in each room
  2. The size and amount of furniture should balance with the size of the room.
  3. Each room should have one distinct and useful purpose. Everything in the room should belong there to service that same purpose.
  4. Let the light in. Natural daylight enhances living spaces.
  5. There should be a synergy from one room to the next on each level. This can be helped with color and traffic flow.
  6. Neutral colors are best, allowing the prospective buyer to more easily envision their things in the home.

 Staging is not an all or nothing situation. Even the simplest forms of staging can enhance your home. A few strategically placed pieces of furniture can help give dimension to a room, show the scale of the spaces, or suggest versatility.

If the thought of doing this alone is overwhelming there is help. We will be going into this in greater detail next week.