Friday, December 18, 2015 / by Bill Berning*
If you are prepping your home to be sold, home staging is important. An organized, professionally staged home offers curb appeal and will attract more buyers.
If you are planning to sell your home, home staging is an important part of the process. Staging your home is done with the intent of creating a neutral space that is designed to appeal to buyers. If you are considering professional staging for your home, you should know that home staging can make your home easier to sell for your real estate agent.
If you are trying to sell your home, professional home staging is typically a part of the process. Whether your home was built recently or is an older home, a staged home looks professional and offers buyers the opportunity to envision themselves living in your home. For older properties, a home staging can allow you to tell the unique story of your home.
As a part of marketing your home, your real estate agent will likely recommend professional staging. However, it is important that you help out as well by thoroughly cleaning and making minor repairs on your home.
Here are some reasons why staged homes attract buyers and how you can improve the look of your home with home staging.
Staged Homes Photograph Better
It is a proven fact that staged homes photograph better than non-staged homes. Redfin did a study that indicated that, “For homes listed between $200,000 and $1 million, Redfin found that homes with listing photos taken with DSLR cameras sell for $3,400 to $11,200 more relative to their list prices. At the high end of the spectrum, professionally photographed homes for more than $1 million sold at prices similar to those with amateur photographs.”
When buyers look at online home listings they may be looking for specific things in the design of your home. Staged homes are intended to emphasize the best parts of your home that will appeal to buyers. As a result, your real estate agent can emphasize these features with high-resolution photos of your home that show its best features.
Staged Homes Cater to What Buyers Want
Whether your home needs an updated bathroom or new flooring, your real estate agent can advise you on the updates to make to your home that will allow your property to stand out. As a part of staging your home, your real estate agent may ask you to make some upgrades to your home. Some changes you may be asked to make include:
? updating the kitchen or bathroom
? installing new floors
? installing new appliances
? repair work, such as broken fixtures, cracks or leaks
All of these upgrades are minor and you can have these jobs done quickly by hiring a handyman service. In addition to updating your home, you should also make sure that you clean it thoroughly. When you stage your home you need to keep in mind that the buyer does not want any evidence that you live there. Therefore, you should begin the cleanup by removing all of your personal effects.
The items that should be removed include family photos, clothing, books and other items that show your own personal tastes. You don’t want a potential buyer to be turned off by items that conflict with their own personal beliefs or tastes. While it may seem petty, some buyers may be picky about the personal items in your home because they don’t want to buy the home of someone who they wouldn’t have as a friend.
In addition to getting rid of your personal effects, you should also make sure that you clean up any clutter around your home. Before every open house event, you should vacuum your home thoroughly, wipe down countertops, dust and make sure that your home is as clean as possible. On the exterior of the home, you should make sure that you keep up with mowing the lawn, pruning the trees, raking leaves, and weeding the garden so that the exterior of your home looks just as good as the inside.
It is very important for you to make sure that you keep up with the landscaping of your home as a part of your home staging efforts. The exterior of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they arrive. If your home doesn’t look great on the outside, potential buyers may not even bother with going inside.
A Staged Home Makes Your Home Easier to Market
If you want to make your home easier to sell for your real estate agent, home staging is the best way to make your home stand out. In a competitive market, you may have dozens of other homes in your area that offer similar amenities. However, making your home seem welcoming as a part of an open house can give buyers the sense that your home is in better condition than other homes in the area.
Selling your home may require several open house events required before an interested buyer makes a successful offer. Therefore, you should make sure that your home is in top shape each time that you host an open house by keeping the home clutter free. You should also make sure that your home looks as close as possible to the online home listing photos of your home.
If you are unsure of the best way to stage your home, you should start by contacting your real estate agent. Your real estate agent will give you with advice on how to stage your home so that it is attractive to buyers.
*This article is syndicated and licensed from Realtor.GetWrittn.com.