Selling your home is a very stressful process. A homeowner has to deal with a lot of headache inducing problems. There is a wide variety of issues that a seller needs to take care of, including cleaning, painting, closing sales and many more behind the scenes issues to deal with. Even if you take care of all of these issues, there is no guarantee that you will be able to sell the property close to the asking price.
With the volatile nature of real estate and real estate sales, it is no guarantee that home seller will get the price he or she likes. We can however do all we can show the best aspects of the house we are trying to sell. This is the art of staging and this is the best weapon a realtor has in the fight to sell a house above market price.
To start a successful staging process one of the most important things you can do is determine the strengths which will be the selling point of the house and the weakness which will serve as the reason the prospective buyer pulls out.
A good stager can walk into a room and immediately point out the strength. Decent size and space, large windows, and beautiful hard wood floors are just some of the things that make a room in the house standout.
Some of the things that can break a potential sale are small things like the smell of pets or cigarettes. It can be the color of a wall or a door that just will not close properly. It can be anything that turns off the buyer and as you would notice it is harder to determine what will push a buyer away.
To make sure your staging is a success, it is important to highlight each room's strengths while eliminating its weaknesses. To highlight the positive points of a room, the first things you need to do is to eliminate distractions. For example, you can create the feeling of a large room by limiting the furniture to choice pieces that go well with the room.
Another trick stager use to highlight a room's strength is by pointing the buyer's eye towards the best features of a room. An inefficient way to do that is by adding focal pieces that complement what you want to show off in the house. Adding window treatments to large windows show off the view outside. Or a small display on the mantle can help draw attention to the beautiful stone work of a living room fireplace.
The strengths of a room are easy to highlight but hiding the problems can sometimes be difficult. One of the largest reasons for a sale to break down is when a potential buyer takes a whiff and does not like what he or she smells. Sometimes all the cleaning in the world does not totally eliminate the odors. One way to mask that smell is by slapping on a fresh coat of paint. Instead of smelling old and dingy, you get the smell of a brand new house, the perfect scent for a home buyer.