What is Home Staging?
Home staging means showing a home in its best light in order to attract new buyers and sell it more quickly. Also called a home makeover, home staging primarily consists of rearranging the furniture to maximize space, adding (or removing) decorative elements to transform the ambiance, repainting certain walls or ceilings to make rooms appear larger or give them a more neutral tone, and performing a few housekeeping tasks to add a finishing touch. It’s the temporary transformation of a home while it’s on the market.
Many buyers have a difficult time imagining themselves sitting down to watch their favorite TV show in a living room filled with your knick knacks and photos of your family. They feel like they’re in a stranger’s home, which is exactly what you don’t want. You want to make it effortless for potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home and feeling comfortable there. That’s where home staging comes in! Home Stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for resale. They work with the ‘flow’ of the home to eliminate clutter, and edit and arrange furniture to show off a rooms size and finishes, so that your home makes the best first impression on potential buyers.
Why should I Stage My Home?
With the amount of homes for sale out there, it is more important than ever that your home stands out from the rest. In today’s market, it no longer works to simply put your home on the market as-is and expect buyers to see past everything to its true potential. Your home must create a powerful first impression. Just like the product designers who invest time and money in the right packaging to attract buyers, the same concept works when selling a home.
When a home gets stuck on the market for a long time, it’s often due to buyers not being able to connect with the home. Seemingly small things to the current homeowner (needed repairs, bold colors on the walls, family photos, even furniture arrangement) can throw buyers for a loop. Home staging keeps the buyers’ focus where it should be: on the assets of the home.
What are people saying about home staging?
Professional home staging has being recognized by real estate experts all over the world as one of the most important steps in the home selling process.
HGTV says the #1 mistake home buyers can make is NOT staging their home before putting it on the market.
The International Association of Home Staging Professionals says 95% of staged homes sell in an average of 11 days or less and sell for 6 to 16% more. On a one million dollar home the potential return is between $60,000 to $160,000 more than you would have received if it was not Professionally Staged.
How The Complimentary Home Staging Works With Our Team
Home staging is given FREE to all my sellers. There is no cost to you. I will take on all the risk and no other Realtor can say that! Staging gives my clients an advantage over others in this competitive real estate market. I believe it is such an important and effective tool to sell your home for top dollar. I work with a very reputable homestaging company, who is from the lower mainland and they know how to attract Buyers from this part of the world. My personal staging team will style the home to showcase its best features.
Part 1 is the Staging Consultation. Whether Occupied or Vacant, the Home Stager and I will meet with the homeowner and go room by room to address the current condition of the home. We are able to walk through the home with “Buyers eyes” and make you aware of the things that buyers will notice. Once the walk through is complete we will sit back down with the homeowner and discuss our recommendations for the home and come up with a plan.
Part 2 is Showcasing the Property. This is when the Home Stager returns to the home and completes the transformation. The Staging Professional will go to work re arranging furniture and or adding artwork, accessories, lighting and other necessary design elements to showcase your home at its best and brightest. They will use their training and experience to highlight your home’s best features in order to attract the best buyers who will bring you the best offer. They will take into account how each room will show in MLS photos as well as how buyers will navigate through the home during showings and Open Houses.
Part 3 are the Professional Video/Photos. Everyone views listings online and they like to see the photos or video before they buy. Whether it’s due to the inherent entertainment value of videos or the effectiveness of video in general, a real estate video tour is a very powerful way to market your property. A first impression can only be made once to potential Buyers browsing online.
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