STAGING YOUR HOME:
Staging entails hiring experts with a flair for interior design. I have provided vetted staging services for my clients with dramatic results!
Staging Really Does Help. Like, a Lot.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:
- 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
- 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
- 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket.
Focus On the Rooms That Count the Most
Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the living room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen.
Oh, and BTW: Stage Your Yard, Too
Your house must look its best — inside and outside. After all, buyers form their first impression when they pull up in front of your home. It’s no surprise, then, that curb appeal — how your home looks from the exterior — can increase your home’s sales value up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found.
If you’ve never had your yard professionally landscaped, now may be the time to do it. Landscaped homes have a sales price advantage ranging from 5.5% to 12.7%, according to research by Alex Niemiera, a horticulturist at Virginia Tech. That would mean an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home.
Professional landscaping, however, can cost a lot. You’re aiming for polish, not a new garden of Versailles. If budget is a concern, start with these DIY improvements:
- Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery. Even if it’s winter, you can add colorful winter blooms and seasonal touches such as garland or lights.
- Reseed bare patches of lawn and add fresh sod, as needed.
Then move on to these easy upgrades to your home’s exterior:
- Wash the front windows and power wash siding and walkways.
- Repaint or stain porches and stairs, as needed.
- Make sure important outdoor features such as the front door, porch, and sidewalks and paths are well lit.
Even basic upgrades, like laying fresh mulch, changing porch lights, or installing a new mailbox can help a buyer fall in love at first sight!