In my previous blogs, I've written about color choices and curb appeal when selling your home. Now let’s talk about the staging process.
How long has staging been around as part of the selling process? Well, I remember selling my home some 20 years ago and did some staging then. I don’t really know if it was an actual trend back then, but I did ‘stage’ areas of the home to catch the buyer’s eye.
Candles and luxurious towels in the bathrooms, open books and reading glasses next to a big cozy chair… simple things, but things that I knew would appeal to a buyers eye, mind and heart.
Staging.. simply put is the art of group items together in such a way to appeal to a buyer. Some REALTORS® are very good at staging. If you are lucky enough to find a REALTOR® that is also a good stager, great! If not, you may wish to hire a professional stager.
Either way, a stager will play with your items, add some other items and even remove some of your items. A good stager will work with space, shapes, texture, light and color.
Usually, in our day to day life… things become convenient.. it’s easy to keep all the small appliances on the kitchen counters and the shoes lined up at the front door. Things become almost invisible to you. You easily ignore things.
This is why it’s important to bring in another set of eyes. Professional stagers that work with REALTORS® know what helps a home to sell. They can minimize flaws and maximize features. According to HGTV a well staged home can sell in half the time of an unstaged home!
When you choose to use the services of a stager, you need to relinquish decorating control over to them. Their job is to make your home more marketable. Give in to the desire to have things "your way."
When your home is on the market you have to think of it as just a temporary disruption of your personal belongings! Once it’s sold and you move on to your new home... then ...you can go back to your own decorating style.
Make your home say "Welcome Home".... Stage it!