WHAT IS HOME STAGING? HOW CAN IT HELP ME?
As a home owner who is anxious to sell your home, you may not be aware that there are things that you can do to make your home sell more quickly. You can probably use as much advice as you can find on ways to prepare your home for showing. That’s where a Home Stager can be of help. They will come to your home and evaluate what needs to be done to get you home in the best shape to accentuate the possitive features of the house. You will want to allow the potential buyer to imagine what their furnishings will look like in the space. The Stager will know all the subtle little tricks to make that happen. You may be somewhat offended at the advice you get, but remember, this is not a critique on your decorating skills, It is professional advice to get your home sold in the least possible amount of time.A Stager will address these problems with an objective perspective, free of the sentimentality that can cloud your vision.
You want to attract as many potential buyers as possible. In the Atlanta area market of forclosures, bank owned properties and short sales, you must do something to make you home stand out. Atlanta is somewhat unique in that there is more than average movement of people in and out of the area. Although Atlanta and its surrounding communities are in the Deep South, the potential buyer for your home may be from anywhere in the country or even the world. Given that possibility, your home must be a blank canvas on which that buyer can project his or her own vision. In short, don’t think your home has to look like Scarlet O’Hara’s plantation to get it sold. The less specific your home is, the more possibilities it will afford the buyer. Your Home Stager can help you accomplish that affect.
I’m sure that you have gone through the myriad of web sites on the internet looking at the homes that are in competition with yours.. Think back. As you were looking, what did you notice about the photos included in these sites? Were you impressed at the openness and spaciousness of the home or did you find yourself looking at clutter, toys and personal paraphernalia? When all you can see is the personal effects of the owner, its hard to “see through” the mess and appreciate the lovely home beneath it all. Your Home Stager will begin by advising you on what to pack up and what to leave. Don’t panic. When you move you’re going to have to pack this stuff anyway.
What about that “great wallpaper” in the master bath? How about the Cranberry accent wall in the dining room? Do we leave the “Duck Hunting” border in the den? Your Home Stager can make these calls and many others that you may not have noticed or realized what negative effects they have. Bizarre or outdated colors or wall treatments can become a big negative to the buyer. You would be amazed at how many people cannot envision painting a wall or stripping that wallpaper. They really feel that they will have to live with all those colors and florals if they purchase you homel Your safest with a neutral color scheme that won’t offend anytone. Your Stager can help by selecting a pleasant color scheme to enhance your home..
The point of advertising a home for sale is to sell the home. Staging a home to show buyers means having as little in the home as possible, yet leaving just enough furnishings to emphasize the size of each room.(It’s hard to judge the size of an empty room). You have also seen pictures of empty houses. Although there is no problem appreciating the features of the home, it leaves one with a cold and lonely feeling that does not induce wanting to see more. So having just enough fixtures and furnishings in the home arranged tastefully to suggest someone lives there, induces a homey feeling that most buyers can identify with.
These are just a few but probably the most important reasons for seeking the advice of a Stager to help you in preparing your home for sale. If your Realtor does not know of a capable firm to advise you on how to “Stage” you home, look for one yourself. Staging a home can give your home that “edge” over the many other homes on the market. You should not think of it as another expense in selling your home. It is an investment that will repay itself many times over. Studies show that staged homes not only sell faster, but they sell for far closer, and sometimes more than the asking price.