Why would I put money into a house that I want to sell?
Consider this. 80% of potential buyers cannot see beyond someone else’s clutter and style choices. Distracted buyers don’t see the home, but the stuff. Buyers want to move into a house that is low maintenance and hassle free. Any perceived "work" will turn them away.
Does Staging work?
Yes! The average increase in selling price for a staged home vs. an unstaged home is 6.9%. Staged homes also sell 2-3x faster than an unstaged home. It is common knowledge that the longer a house stays on the market, the further the price drops. Couple this with the holding costs of your mortgage and it is a sound investment in both time and money.
Can I afford it?
A one on one professional, home consultation followed up with a detailed, easy to follow report will get you on your way for as little as $250.
But I really like my house and the way it looks. Why should I change it?
Potential buyers make a decision on whether they like your house or not within the first 15 seconds (see curb appeal)! They spend the remainder of their tour convincing themselves, either positively or negatively, about that decision. Although you may really love French Country, your potential buyer might be Minimalist Modern. Your house needs to be gender neutral and "model house" ready so that ANY buyer, regardless of their taste, can imagine themselves in the space and how "their" stuff will fit.
Is it a lot of work?
Think of it this way, you will eventually need to pack your belongings anyway. This is the perfect opportunity to donate, throw away or pack anything non-essential. It will help you in the long run and your home will appear larger and clutter free to potential buyers.
What is curb appeal and why is it so important?
Curb appeal is what your house looks like from the outside. More than 76% of buyers do a drive by, either virtually or in person. As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression and this is it! A potential buyer will drive right by a house that is unattractive from the road. Your house could be picture perfect inside but you will never get that opportunity. The front of your house, and even more specifically the front door area, is extremely important to the overall impression of your house. A stager will look at EVERY aspect of your house both inside and out.