A few words on Home Staging

I was discussing today with a client about what she needs to do before we stage her home for sale next week.  I want to share some thoughts I had for her with you:

First off, Home Staging is the process of readying a house for sale so that is sells quick and for top dollar.  Think of two words: DE-CLUTTER and DE-PERSONALIZE.

De-cluttering: Some people don’t like to think that their home is cluttered.  I’m sure you would be hard pressed to find a home without clutter.  Clutter can be anything from a room with too much furniture to actual clutter- an unorganized home office with piles of papers.  De-cluttering is key when selling your house.

De-personalize: I hesitate saying this, but a good goal is to try and make your home look like a model home that is for sale.  Limit family photos,  remove religious objects and any items or accessories that are ethnic.  I don’t mean to step on toes, but if you are selling your house you might as well get a head start on packing up your African mask collection that adorns your living room walls.

Ok so those weren’t the tips I shared with her about getting her house ready to sell, I just got carried away.

Here are my thoughts, for real this time on what to do before a stager comes:

-Think about your budget for staging, if any.  It is possible to stage without spending money.  Oftentimes though you will need to paint, replace counter tops and update the appliances.

-Have some boxes ready so you can be ready to get some packing done.

-It might be a good idea to rent a POD or other portable storage device if you think you will have a lot of furniture and boxes that will need to be removed before the open house.  They do cost a pretty penny but make life so much easier- load it up and store it away till moving day, when it can be delivered to your new house.

-Know what your home is currently appraised at and what comps are selling for in your neighborhood.  You don’t want to put too much money in your home or you will not get it back.  You don’t want to be the most expensive house on the block!


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