Staging

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Should I Update My Home or Try to Sell It As Is?

You’re ready to list your home for sale…then you look around. What to do? Should you spend more time and money on fixing it up or just try to sell it as is?  This is one of those questions where the answer depends on variables but if you want to sell your home faster, staging is a clever way to do it.

Staging a home allows you to present it in its best light and encourages prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. It will help you shine in competitive markets and in online listings.  Talk to a professional or your agent before making any decisions.

Many homeowners know they should de-clutter, but staging a house involves much more than packing up and tossing extra stuff.  It’s about choosing the right props, moving or getting rid of furniture that makes the space look smaller, and creating focal points in main living areas.

When you decide to sell your home, it’s really no longer your home. Majority of sellers treat their house as a home. As a result, their houses usually take longer to sell. That’s where staging comes in.

Staging is worth the time and effort.  It makes a great first impression in photos and presents your home as well cared for.

Make a list of everything that’s defective, broken or worn out. Buyers might wonder what else is in the home has been neglected if they can spot problems as they tour your home. It could be minimum improvements like touching up paint or fixing broken appliances.  Always repair leaky faucets. Replace or professionally clean worn or stained carpet. Battered furniture can detract from your home’s appeal. Consider upgrading your furniture if it’s in bad shape. You can always take it with you when you go.

The end goal beyond repainting and cleaning is to make your home look bigger, brighter and cleaner!  A professional will go room by room, inside each closet and kitchen cabinet to make the house more attractive to the greatest number of buyers.

We’ll tell you exactly what to do to declutter, hide, move, toss, rearrange, repair, replace and stage. You may love that couch but if we think it’s tired and worn, we will tell you it needs to go.  We will help you depersonalize the space, identify the best repairs and show off your home as the best on the block.

I was hired not long ago to stage a home for a beautiful couple in their 60’s.  It was the husband’s childhood home so needless to say – they had many years of clutter saved up.  They had both sets of their parents ashes on their fireplace mantle.  Before she left for work she asked that I didn’t pack specific urns together as they had divorced and did not like each other so she did not want them in the same packed box! Too cute! One of my memorable staging moments!

Here are a few examples of homes I have professionally staged.

  1.  This is a 14th-floor condo I staged for a local realtor. It had been on the market for a while and most of the negative feedback was the styling inside. The unit had bright red walls, window coverings, and lighting. We removed all of the red and black accents and added a fresh neutral paint color.  The view stood out instead of the decor when you entered the space, which is a huge selling feature but was initially lost in the decorating.  Shout out to Thomas Born with Shutter Joy Studio for these professional photos.

2.  The unit below had been a bachelor pad/vacation home.  It really needed some love and upgrades before listing.  All done on an affordable budget courtesy of HomeSense and Urban Barn.  Did I mention it sold within 1 hour of listing?! The owner got to take everything with him to his next home.  Win Win!

3. We de-personalized the above space by removing the hockey and golf framed memorabilia and added some fresh neutral bright colors. SOLD!

Buyers will always want to buy a house that is turnkey. If they see any tell-tale signs of an ill-maintained house, it’s going to put them off. If you want to make a quick sale, make sure that you get the must-fixes done in your house before you introduce it in the market.

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