1) You are in charge of getting your deceased relative(s)’ home ready for sale. This is a very difficult situation for many people. Personally going in and decluttering and removing personal items may be emotionally too difficult. A home stager can come into the property, assess what exists, and whether they can re-organize and de-clutter or if the property would benefit greatly from an estate sale first, and then a professional staging prior to listing the house.
2) You have already moved to a new residence and have a vacant house for sale. Statistics show that millenials (adults currently in their 30s) shop on-line for a house to buy before scheduling an appointment to see potential properties with a Realtor. They also do not want “fixer-uppers”. This can be difficult if you are a Baby Boomer trying to sell your 40 year old family home. You have exactly 1 minute 30 seconds to capture their attention through the MLS photos. Professionally staged homes sell faster and for more money than their vacant comparables. In most cases, a professional home stager can get your home photo ready in less than a week’s time and for around 1% +/- of the list price. Check with your tax advisor, in some cases, the cost of home staging may be included as a deduction on your future tax return as a cost of selling your home.
3) Your Realtor doesn’t quite see the vision in your home design, and thinks a consultation with a Home Stager could benefit you. A perfect example is an executive or professional who is also a bachelor. He may have purchased very nice furnishings at a local big box store that he feels are worthy of display in his home. Problem; they are all the same color or a dated style. A Home stager can come in and see if there are items in other rooms that could contrast or compliment existing furnishings and could also recommend removing some items and adding some new or different items. The Realtor and The Stager only have your best interest at heart – they both want you to sell the home quickly, for as much money as the market will bear.
4) You have recently “merged” households with a significant other or spouse or adult children/parents, and there is just TOO MUCH STUFF. A professional home stager can come in, give advice, suggestions and tips of what can stay and what can be put into storage to give your home its very best first impression when on the market.
5) You are getting ready to move out of state, and don’t know what can stay in the house and what can go with you to your new locale. If you have flexibility with when your stuff moves to the new place, this is a great opportunity to have an in-home consultation with a professional home stager. You never know – you may even save yourself some money if you do leave your existing furnishings and décor in your old home until it is under contract with a new buyer and going to closing.
6) You are a home builder and want to “show off” your model home or “spec” home. A builders’ model unit is a perfect opportunity for home staging. A professional home stager can play up all the custom features and
compliment the color palette and design style of the newly constructed property so that potential purchasers can see the possibilities of just what their new home could look like fully furnished and outfitted with décor and
7) You have recently divorced and/or separated from your spouse or significant other, and half the stuff that was in the house is now gone. A professional home stager can come in and assess what remains in the property, and whether re-arranging existing items will be enough to market the home or if additional items are needed.
Contributor; Melinda Potcher, Design Consultant & Staging Specialist
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