When you walk into an empty house, it is often hard for the average person to get a good grasp on the size of the room. Or if you walk into a cluttered, overly personalized home, it is hard for many people to see past the "stuff" and actually begin seeing themselves in the home.
Staging of homes is becoming more and more popular for that very reason. It is especially important when there is a lot of competition in the area.
A home stager is normally an interior designer, but sometimes can be someone with a natural eye for design. They will come to your home and give you suggestions about what things can be done to make the home more attractive to buyers. They can range in price from $300-$1,000 for the consultation, but your home will show so well that you will get your money back in the purchase price of your home.
The first suggestion is always to de-clutter! You want your home to appear as large as possible, and clutter tends to show you are running out of space.
Next is to remove personal pictures. The goal is to have a home buyer walk in the door and start envisioning themselves living there. That is hard to do when grandma, sweet as she may be, is staring at them from the fireplace :)
If you hire a professional stager, they will also help you with furniture placement, by moving items from one room to another, or by bringing in rental pieces to fill the space. They do a fantastic job of making sure every space shows off its best features and functions.
If you aren't ready to hire a professional stager, you can sure do some things on your own to help! A fresh coat of paint, and a good cleaning can make a huge difference.
Since you will be moving any way, begin packing some of your furniture and clothes into a POD or storage facility to show the true size of your rooms. Less is more.
Clear off your kitchen counter tops of small appliances and put away the lotions and hairspray in the bathroom. Hang a fresh towel in the bathroom and maybe a shower curtain. These are all simple things you can do to help make your home more desirable, and will help sell your home for more money in less time.
At Minnesota Home Venture, we believe in home staging so much that Tara Mehalovich offers a complementary staging consultation with a professional stager for all of her listings. This is a value of $375.00.
Follow up your staging with professional photos, and you are on your way to your next home!!
If you are considering selling your home, and would like to see what other marketing strategies we offer, contact Tara Mehalovich today! Call 612-723-1207 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.