Selling a Home; Less Stress & More Success!
Selling a home can be one of the most stressful things in a persons' life. It is often right up there with death and divorce.
I am here to tell you – it doesn't have to be. Once you have decided that you are going to sell your home, one of the first calls you should make along with hiring a Realtor is hiring a professional Home Stager. I work with homeowners every day walking and guiding them through the process of preparing and staging their home – taking the guessing and stressing out of the equation.
The top tips I tell homeowners when I conduct pre-staging consultations is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. Some critiques will say that is all a home stager does is to tell you to get rid of your things. In-part that is true. The way we live in our home and the way we need to show our "house" to the public who might want to buy it are two completely different concepts. Our stuff and the large amounts of it, are not for sale and buyers aren't interested in seeing it. So, why would we have it on display when they are trying to view the property? However, this comes with a warning disclaimer because I have also walked through properties that are too stark and bare. Eliminating everything is nearly as bad as having too much. So, as I walk through a home for a pre-stage consultation I document what I think homeowners need to de-clutter or remove from the house and what needs to stay. I provide homeowners with a detailed list of what they need to work on. Again, eliminating the guessing and stressing.
Another part of the pre-staging consultation is my careful, critical eye reviewing and documenting the repairs that will make a difference to a potential buyer. Quick, inexpensive fixes that refresh and rejuvenate a property can make a difference in perception and appearance to buyers. Replacing caulk, steam cleaning grout, updating lighting fixtures are some of the most common and quickest fixes to refreshing a property when putting it on the market. Sometimes a house might need larger repairs, in which I work with a great team of home service contractors that I refer to my clients all the time to help them get some of those bigger tasks completed.
So, now that the clutter is removed and the repairs are made, what more can home staging do for homeowners putting their home on the market? Surprisingly, there is a lot. We offer to come back and make furniture placements to create flow, maximizing focal points and selling features of the property. We create a specific sense of a lifestyle with décor and accessories, directed toward the potential buyers in that neighborhood. All of these things are done to evoke a specific emotional connection with those potential buyers. And the final but most important step is photography. The majority of potential buyers are shopping online and viewing photos or videos of properties prior to ever calling an agent or stepping foot in a home. Having your home staged properly with photographs taken in the right light and angle make all the difference in the number of showings, offers and zero's on the offer check.