Buyers today have the strong advantage of decreasing prices, making it possible for them to afford to be choosy. As a result, sellers need to take advantage of every tool possible in order to attract the attention of selective buyers. Home staging has increasingly become one of those tools that many sellers are using in order to enhance their homes in a competitive market.
The goal of staging is to help increase the perceived value of the home while at the same time creating an atmosphere in which buyers can envision themselves actually living in the home. When selling a home it is crucial for sellers to understand that the moment they place their home on the market, it becomes a product rather than a home.
The basic ideas behind staging a home are to first clean it, get rid of the clutter and the personal items and then maintain the home while creating curb attractive. What do buyers look for in this market? According to most stagers, buyers today are looking for a home that is pristine. This means the exterior as well as the interior.
There are many simple things that sellers can do on the exterior of the home in order to make it more attractive and stand out to buyers. These steps include cleaning up around the home, cutting the lawn and freshening up the landscaping. Even a few seemingly small improvements can really make a difference when selling a home. For example, replacing the mailbox, adding new door knockers and applying fresh paint can have a strong impact. Other ideas you might consider including placing a new welcome mat at the door and even adding in a few seasonal Touches can go a long way toward attracting prospective buyers.
Sellers should keep in mind the importance of making a first impression when it comes to attracting buyers. You only get one chance to make that first impression and it needs to count.
Of course, the interior of the home is just as important. It should be completely immaculate. Sellers should understand that the process of buying as well as selling a home has changed through the intervention of the Internet. Nearly 90% of all home buyers now begin their search for a home on the Internet. In fact, many prospective buyers became first interested in a home because they saw pictures of it online.
This means that if you are selling your home, you should have about two dozen good photos available online. There is a direct link between having a sufficient number of photos of the home and actually selling it.
To make your home more attractive to buyers, sellers should remember that individuals and families who may be interested in purchasing it must be able to see themselves living in the home. To help promote that idea, sellers should remove any personal effects from the home such as photographs or any items that express the seller's personality or style. The best thing to keep in mind is that when you are preparing a home to sell, less is always better.
If your decorating style is particularly unique, remember that it is usually better to tone it down in order to appeal to a market leader. While your eclectic style may appeal to you, keep in mind that it may not be quite so attractive to everyone.
It is also important to make sure that all storage spaces and closets are cleaned out to appear more spacious. Surprisingly, this can make a big difference in whether a home sells or not. Buyers must be able to see that they can fit their own belongings into the storage space available in the home.
Sellers should also remember that because they may have lived in the home for some time it can be easy for them to overlook even little things that can have a huge impact on the potential to sell the home. Keep an eye on the toilet lids to be sure they remain closed, be certain the beds are always made, remove the laundry from sight and take care that the dishes are cleaned and put away.
Odors can also be a potential problem. Due to the fact that you are always in the home you may not notice certain odors but you can be certain that prospective buyers will. To combat this problem; air out the home regularly. An offensive odor can really drive buyers away. It can also help to place fresh flowers in the home or bake fresh cookies just before a showing.
Staging a home certainly can not guarantee a sell, but it can definitely help to convert buyer into interested buyers.