Home Staging 101: Staging Sells Homes more quickly and for the best price! In this slower market, sellers must endure the marketing of their home for longer periods of time, which is not especially convenient, I know. The added responsibility of maintaining a show ready home and yard is a lot. We are all busy with life, and sometimes it can be overwhelming to fit everything in. Sometimes I need a reminder about what and why staging is and does (that is a verb, folks,staging does sell homes more quickly)! Here it is:
Staging is de-personalizing a space to make a property offend the least, appeal to the greatest and feature the square footage of a home.By removing the personal and the excess, by treating the walls and floors as neutral backdrops, and by re-arranging the furniture to increase traffic flow, highlight the home’s features and provide hints as to potential use for each room, Staging gets the home ready for SALE. Incorporated in staging are the elements of organization, refreshment and design. A pop of color, artwork, a bowl of fruit…these are pleasing without being “decorating.”
Its a lot of work to ready a home for sale and still more work to maintain that show-ready house, especially in today’s market where properties may take longer to sell. Initially, sellers may be very enthusiastic about their “jobs” but as time goes on, it is inconvenient to constantly clean and straighten, stage and leave. That sparkling show-ready home may not shine quite as bright 30-60 days into the listing. What may help is a reminder that you only get one chance to make that first impression. For whatever reason, most buyers cannot look past the details to see the potential of your home. You as a seller must highlight the details for the buyers. This means that your personal dirt and clutter that accumulate daily must not distract that buyer from the beauty and space that is your home. Ideally, never show your home in a less than great condition. This showing could be your last!!