Staging is one of the one step that can’t be overlooked before listing your property on the market. Staging a house can really set your home apart and boost the selling price to the top of the range for comparable homes and cut the time on the market. A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors® revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visual it as their own. Can you do it yourself? How to do it right? Should you hire the professional? Who pay for staging? Here are some quick tips.
Dress up your yard. First impressions count, and the first one your home gives comes from the exterior. Mow the lawn, clean up shrubbery, rake any leaves, clean the walkway and driveway, plant in-season flowers, and pull up any unsightly weeds.
Reduce personal items. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal photos and knick-knacks from shelves, walls, and counters. Instead replace them with clean, simple décor, such as abstract paintings, nature images, vases, plants, and more.
Organize your storage areas. Storage is a huge selling point. Tidy up and clear out the accessible closets and cupboards in the home and make sure to point them out during an open house or showing.
Appeal to the senses. Consider ways you can appeal to potential homebuyers’ other senses. During a viewing or open house, bake some fresh cookies or burn delicious smelling candles and play light, relaxing music in the background.
When to consider turning to an expert? First of all, would net profit you get from selling the house be large enough and make sense to hire professional. On average, initial design consultation costs about $300- $600 and about $500 per room at the minimum. If it does, using professional help may not be a bad idea. With their knowledge of current trends and great eye for design, professionally certified stagers can transform a home in a variety of ways and have a keen sense of what homebuyers want and expect in a home. Investing in hiring a pro may pay off in dividends. This is especially the case when your property has some special characteristics, shapes, sizes. Sellers or agent pay for staging? Just like commissions, it’s a negotiable thing. Most of the time, sellers pay for staging. Sometimes agents offer taking care of this cost or the initial design negotiation fee. It really depends on value of the house, how much agent(s) and seller make out of the sell and the arrangement that makes the best sense in each transaction.