Home staging greatly helps sell a house by making it more appealing and attractive.
A stager knows what buyers are looking for and helps you have those aspects in the home. Homes that were staged sell faster and and get higher bids than those that were not. A picture of a staged home looks better then one that was not, so it gets more potential buyers to come look at the home. These homes even have an edge over competitive property, even sway buyers to chose the staged home over the competition.
Staging is an art or an illusion. It’s more than cleaning and decorating, it’s creating a mood for the buyer. It can take away from the negative areas of some more difficult homes, by lighting, mirrors or many other tricks stagers use. Home staging is what you do after the cleaning, painting and repairs, it is dressing the house up for sale. It’s all about making people want to buy a house by making it look bigger, brighter, warmer, and more loving. Really, it’s about creating a place where your buyers can see themselves living in.
…or the whole house if you want.
Here are some staging friendly ideas from Better Homes and Gardens on decorating your home this season:
- Miniature cypress trees are a great bargain at $5 – $10 a piece. They will survive outside and look better than empty planters and urns.
- Poinsettias come in a variety of colors to coordinate with your decor.
- Add sprigs of greenery to shimmering place settings. Go for an all white and silver theme with just a touch of natural evergreen.
- Spray paint branches silver and add them to a vase.
- Try a nature theme that is unique such as berries and ferns.
- Make your own wreath using an old frame and objects such as evergreen (blue juniper, norway spruce, holly, balsam, or blue spruce), ribbon, garland, fake snow, etc.
- Place electric candles in the windows rather than strings of lights outside. They are much easier to take down, friendly to all religions, and more forgivable if you leave them up past the holiday.
No, not the rock band; the philsophy. Keep It Simple, Silly. Well, that second S varies, depending who you ask, but we’ll leave it at that.
We know you live in your house. Prospective buyers know you live in your house. Well, really, deep in their subconscious, prospective buyers try to envision themselves living in your house. Having as few personal effects visible as possible makes it a whole lot easier for them to do so.
With this in mind, pack up and store all but the most prized nick-nacks. Then, go back and pack up half of what you left out. If it’s something you’re likely to use before you move, or packing it away would leave a wall or display case completely bare, by all means, leave it. But, if it’s not in a display case or it’s not the last thing hanging on that wall, pack it and get it out of the house. Storage units aren’t that expensive and many are climate controlled and feature gated access and on-site security.
You’ve just made your house a whole lot more inviting to buyers and, as a wonderful side-effect, protected your most treasured posessions from damage or theft.