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Home Staging

Friday, January 20, 2017   /   by Cindy Crutcher

Home Staging

Are you thinking about selling your home, but you are not for sure where to start? Let us help you! Before listing, get your home ready. Stage it to maximize its living potential.  In a survey, properties that are staged sell 50-80% faster than homes that are not. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes that are professional staged spend up to 81% less time on the market. The asking price for homes staged are 7-10% higher than non-staged homes.

Kitchen and baths are critical in the home staging process. Stats show that 41% of buyers are willing to pay more for stainless steel appliances, and up to 48% more for the kitchen to have an island. With home staging, be prepared to spend up to 25% of the home’s value on updating the kitchen, and up to 15% on updating baths. Most buyers want an updated, ready to move into the home. The kitchen and bathroom are the two biggest and sought after renovations desired by buyers.

Making simple repairs like new paint, light fixtures, and filling cracks is important. 90% of home buyers will look at your property online before deciding to take a real tour. You want the pictures of your home to be impeccable! Pictures are what will draw the buyers in, and will hopefully lead to a sell. It is also important to know what your house looks like during the day and night. Potential buyers will scan your area, and you want your curb appeal to be eye catching.

Remove clutter and personalized items. You want the buyers to be able to picture themselves in the home. If there is a lot of clutter or personal items, buyers will likely be turned off from the property. It is also a good idea to have a neighborhood guide or town informative sheet for the potential buyers. Having information about the surrounding area allows the buyer to known the area, and to help them better picture themselves in the area.

Don’t let home staging intimidate you. We have compiled a list of things to help with the home staging process. Check out our attached list! Getting your home ready to sell is a fun process. You are giving your home a much-needed facelift that will hopefully benefit you in the sale of your home.

Home Staging Steps

o  Deep Clean

o  Fix/Replace

o  De-Clutter/De-Personalize

Cleaning Outside

o  Clean Gutters

o  Wash Windows

o  Clean up Landscaping

o  Remove Animal Feces

o  Wash sidewalks, porch and house siding

o  Clean Outdoor Furniture

Cleaning Inside

o  Shampoo Carpets

o  Dust fixtures/Ceiling Fans

o  Wash blinds/window curtains

o  Wipe down walls, appliances, and furniture

o  Wash all bedding

o  Clean oven/stove

o  Clean Fridge Inside/Out

o  Scrub tub/shower

Repairs/Replace

  Replace old light bulbs

  Fix holes/cracks

Update the outdated

De-Cluttering

o  Clear out storage areas, garages, sheds

o  Clear off Kitchen counters

o  De-Clutter drawers

o  De-Clutter vanities/tubs

o  Clear out closets

De-Personalize

o  Remove personal toiletries

o  Remove Personal photos/nicknacks

o  Remove racy/political content

o  Remove photos/magnets from fridge

Staging

o  Neutral color paint

o  Make awkward spaces useful

o  Stage yard to show entertaining potential

o  Put out neutral hand towels in kitchen/bath

o  Fluff/ deodorize pillows

o  Neutral Area Rug

o  New/Neutral Shower Curtains

o  Clothes are put away tidy in drawers/closet

o  Remove pet items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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