Staging Your Home
What is Staging?
Staging is the process of preparing a home for sale, regardless of price or location. It is the very best proven way to get top dollar for your home as you prepare it for sale.
One of the first things I will do before putting your house on the market is to prepare it for sale using a proven, professional set of guidelines. I want to show your house in its best light to maximize your earning potential.
I will walk through your home with the eye of a buyer - and take note of what works and what doesn't work. Reviewing your home room-by-room, I will make recommendations that will directly impact a sale. I will point out the pieces of furniture that should be removed, rooms that need a coat of fresh paint, carpet that needs to be cleaned or changed, fixtures that need polishing, windows that need cleaning, and any other improvement that can easily be made to promote the sale.
It's time to banish the clutter...Trim back the bushes...and hide the porcelain doll collection!
As I walk through the door of your house, I will ask myself, "Does this house say 'Welcome home' to a buyer?" Looking through the eyes of a buyer, I will recommend changes that will enhance sales appeal.
I will help you eliminate anything that gives the appearance of clutter. I will "de-personalize" the space by removing family photos, trophies, posters, etc. Countertops should be free and clear. Bills, knickknacks, family photos, refrigerator artwork should be put away. We need to de-personalize the house so that buyers can imagine it as their home.
Less is more
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. I may suggest removing pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Closets and cupboards should appear large and roomy. It may be necessary to rent storage space and pack up those excess belongings.
Curb appeal is essential as many buyers will drive by a property before setting an appointment to view it. People usually form their first impression within seconds and what potential buyers see when they drive up to your house will be their first impression. If potential buyers won't get out of their agent's car because they don't like the exterior of your home, you will never get them inside. So it is important to create curb appeal. Trim the hedges, pick up leaves, paint faded window trim and mow the lawn. Adding colorful annuals to the front garden will make a big difference. Little details will have a huge impact.
Setting the Stage
Before the first buyer walks through your door, I will show you how to set the stage. We want to engage the buyer's senses, and lighting is critical. We will draw back curtains, open blinds, change light bulbs and add, or soften lighting where needed to welcome the buyer. We will enhance the ambiance with music playing lightly in the background and display freshly-cut flowers to insure a pleasing aroma.