[Guest blog post written by home staging expert Lori Fischer, creative director of rethink home interiors located north of Philadelphia. Tune in for weekly home staging workshops at http://rethinkhomeinteriors.com/workshops/ and be sure to receive additional staging tips at http://rethinkhomeinteriors.com/.]
A Property Restylist, or Home Stager, can often make simple changes to your property that lead to dramatic results—a faster home sale for the most money possible. As an Expert Real Estate Stager, I have learned that there are five things that you absolutely must do to stage your house to get it in its most marketable shape for the virtual and live real estate markets.
1. Start Your Move Before You Call the Realtor:
If you are fortunate enough to know ahead of time that you will need to list your property, the time to start staging your house to quick sell is before you call your Realtor. You want your house to look its absolute best before your Realtor steps foot in the house to determine sale price and take those all-important photos for the internet. According to Century 21, “A house that has been better maintained and shows better will always sell for more than one that has had deferred (neglected) maintenance and needs work.”
2. Start With a Clean Slate:
So where do you start to stage your house before the Realtor arrives? You start by breaking up with your clutter and sending it packing. This decluttering and pre-packing is your most important step in staging your house for a quick sell. If you are an avid collector, pack away most of your collections leaving only 3-5 of your favorite items from your collection for display. This is a great time to go through closets, drawers, basements and shed items that you haven’t used in the past year. Don’t forget to declutter your walls too. If you want a specific list of items that should absolutely be taken out of your house for staging, I have a short video training on my website that goes over that in more detail. And the great thing is, many non-profit organizations, like Goodwill, the Salvation Army and Purple Heart will even come to your house and pick up your items for you. How easy is that?
Because so many buyers are watching design shows on HGTV, they expect perfection. Yes, even in your linen closet. By doing so, you will give buyers the impression that they will live an organized, peaceful existence. Take the time to make your closets and storage spaces look immaculate and you will definitely see a return on your investment.
Now is the time to finally get that to-do list accomplished! Sometimes it is shocking how little time, energy and effort is involved in those odd jobs around the house. For bigger jobs, you may need to bring in a professional. If you cannot afford to repair something, get a few estimates of your own. Remember, savvy buyers today will walk through your home deducting the cost of repairs that they think the house will need and I promise you that their estimate will always be higher than the actual cost. By getting your own estimates, you can counter this more effectively. Knowledge truly is power!
Breathe new life into your rooms. Are your windows, walls, flooring or bedding outdated? If they are more than ten years old, then that is a mandatory and resounding YES! There are so many reasonable and good looking options in stores like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond & Lowes. You can find examples of my favorite staging supplies at www.rethinkhomeinteriors.com. Treat yourself to a nice, quick sale by investing in making some of these inexpensive updates.
This may seem overwhelming but breaking it into small, manageable steps can make it easier. Enlist the help of family, friends or professionals. I also offer tons of information through my website www.rethinkhomeinteriors.com that can really give you a kick start to sell your home faster. Your house is most likely your biggest investment and you want it to sell quickly and for the most money possible so why wouldn’t you want it to look its absolute best when it hits the market?
If you would like to get Lori’s opinion on your listing or want an in-depth room-by-room roadmap, she’d LOVE for you to visit her at www.rethinkhomeinteriors.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.