Home Staging

Selling your home?

“Home-Staging” will help you prepare your home for the local real estate market. The goal is to make your house desirable to as many potential buyers as possible so that your place will sell faster and more easily. This is a crucial step – to be taken before listing.

What can home staging do for you?

Home staging will use three steps to help you present your home best:

  1. Clean – The first step will be to make sure the home is impeccably clean, including the garage, yard and the exterior of the house.
  2. Depersonalise – Secondly, you should remove the personal touches that are unique to you. The home should be cleared of family photos, and personal items that reflect your style, so potential buyers will be able to better envision their own life in the house.
  3. Neutral – Third is neutralizing the appearance so the home appeals to a broader target of buyers. Colors such as dramatic reds or primaries can be changed to neutral tones like beige and greys, in order to appeal to more people. In some cases furniture or accessories might be removed or swapped out.

What you should consider before hiring a home stager?

The decision to stage your home can be a difficult, and emotional one, especially when being asked to change things you’ve probably invested a lot of money, and time, into while you have lived in your home.  Suggestions for change are not personal  when selling. The stager and the real estate agent have your best interests in mind and are trying to ensure your home has a broader appeal, especially to the potential new owner. They are simply “seeing possibilities” for an easier sale.

Before you decide what’s right for your sale process, think about:

  • Do you have the time and expertise to stage your own home?
  • Are you willing to change your home, based on external advice, in order to help sell your house?
  • Do you think your house, or specific areas of it, would benefit from an outside perspective (such as a stager)?
  • How long are you planning for your home to be on the market?

A staged home is likely to sell faster and, potentially at a higher price than a non-staged home. While this is not always the case, the staging process can make the entire selling and moving process a lot less stressful in the long run.

The changes and de-cluttering process may also prompt you to consider what is important to retain in your lifestyle when you move to your new home. This is especially important when downsizing or changing your lifestyle (city-to-country, divorce, remarriage, a family death or illness, etc.). Before deciding to de-clutter or stage your home, it’s always a good idea to get the opinion of your real estate agent on whether staging your home would be beneficial to your specific situation.

Staging a home to get best value doesn’t always require a major renovation or a huge investment. You can make small changes like painting and doing simple repairs to things that obviously don’t work. Sometimes just removing some of your personal belongings and furnishings can make a room look bigger. Donating junk that you no longer need provides more space. Pruning plants can revitalize a garden.

Judi B can help with many of the selling and moving tasks that are overwhelming you. Call her now to discuss which of the following Home Staging services will be helpful to you:

  • Space Planning, decluttering, organizing
  • Painting and color consulting
  • Gardening and garage clean-outs
  • Furniture or art placement
  • Downsizing
  • Feng Shui design
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