WHAT IS HOME STAGING AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
When you get ready to sell a house there are many things to consider. One of the most important things is to make your house look attractive to potential buyers. This preparation process is sometimes referred to as “home staging”. Most people rely on their real estate agent to get the house ready but that’s not always the best idea. While agents are experts in the field of selling and closing, many are not experts in the design field. Agents usually know exactly what factors can help sell a home. It’s just not always easy to get a home into selling condition in a timely manner without some sort of experienced assistance.
Professional home stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for resale. They work with the “flow” of a home, eliminate clutter, edit and arrange furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb-appeal. With the aid of a professional home stager, your house can make a notable first impression on potential homebuyers.
A home staging professional takes all aspects of the home into account starting with the outside. It is commonly known fact around the real estate industry that a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door, and were already forming an opinion as they pulled into your driveway. That really doesn’t leave too much room for fault.
A professional home stager understands that all recommendations and changes are geared to improving the marketability of the property. Home staging should increase the selling price, and speed up the time to sell— because the home is decorated to appeal to the greatest number of buyers within the home’s target market.
The average cost to hire a home stager ranges from $150 – $400 for a 2 hour consultation but it may be well worth the money. Some estimates are that a home that has been professionally staged can sometimes sell from between $10,000 to $70,000 above the original asking price. It may be something to look into.