Properly staging your home might cost a little money but it’s almost certain to sell for more money and faster. Can you really afford not to prepare your house for sale? When you’re looking for your next house, don’t you want to see it at its best? A 2017 National Association of Realtors Report found that both buyer and seller agents see real value is staging your home. A full 77% of buyer agents find a staged home makes it easier for buyers to visualize the place as their own. Twenty one percent of seller agents say that home staging increases the value of a home between 6% and 10%, and 39% agree that it greatly decreases the total amount of time a home is on the market.
Home staging doesn’t need to be expensive. Rather than expensive remodeling or additions, staging is about highlighting and decorating in a way that extenuates your home’s most impressive features in a way that makes buyers want to live there. However, staging is different from interior design. Interior design is about capturing your own tastes and highlighting your lifestyle. Staging is about depersonalizing the living space in a way that appeals to a broad cross section of people.
Because it’s depersonalizing, you may find this difficult and need some help from an outsider such as your listing agent. Here are the five most important staging improvements you want to make.
Every real estate agent will tell you to keep your home show-ready. Because a staged home is likely to sell faster, you’ll need to keep it in tiptop shape for a shorter period of time. If you’ve ever wanted to try a weekly or semi-weekly maid service, this is the ideal time. Another idea is a robotic vacuum that you can take with you to your next home. At the very least, follow a daily housekeeping “To-do List”. You’ll soon receive the offer you expect for your house.
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Author bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 35 years and writing about real estate investing for 12 years. He also draws upon 30 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest. With the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.