What is the first thing you do when you want to sell your car? Clean it, right. Inside and out. But you do that on a regular basis anyway. To really make the car shine, to make it look its best to get your best offer, you get it detailed, professionally. They have the experience and the tools to get the job done right. Yet many forgo the professional when they sell their home, a much greater investment. Most likely the biggest investment they will ever make. Which leads me to the number one reason to hire a professional stager.
Homes on the market over 90 days can get marked down as much as 10%. Based on a home priced at $300,000, that is a $30,000 loss. According to research by RESA (realestatestagingassociation.com), the professionally staged home sells 78% faster, 30 days vs 100 days. Also the selling price can be 6-10% more for a staged home. Professional staging starts at $75 -$100 an hour, maximum gain for minimal investment. This is your offer without staging: $270,000, this is your potential offer for staged home: $330,000. Any questions? Click here to determine how much money you can save by hiring a stager.
2. Impartial Voice
Have you ever told a child to go in his room and fill a box of old toys he wants to give away? How full was that box? Not very full from my experience. Someone would have to reason with the child on placing those toys that he really doesn't use in the box and how someone else can now benefit from it. That impartial voice is crucial in getting your home ready to sell. Your home shows who you are and what you love. Now its time to take your home and make it a place that a majority of people will love. Depersonalize is one of those key words you hear a lot when selling a home. Easier said then done. Do I really have to paint my red wall, take down all my family pictures, my sports memorabilia and move my favorite chair to storage? A professional stager can answer all those questions and more! A staging professional can perform a thorough evaluation of your home from mailbox to back yard pointing out things that could turn off potential buyers. They can be the voice of reason when you just don't want to pack up your toys.
3. Professional Touch
You have decluttered, depersonalized, and detached yourself from your home. It is merely a house with furniture. Now is the most critical step you can take to put the finishing touches to your house to make it appealing to the majority. A decorator's touch is the key component in taking your home from decluttered to staged to sell. A professional touch can arrange furniture to maximize the best features of your home. Accenting the key areas to help buyers picture what it would be like to live in the home. Thus, taking buyers from 'nice floors' to 'it feels so cozy.' In a vacant home, where there is no furniture or accessories, the touch of a professional can take care of getting the necessary items to fill your home with the personality buyers crave.
If you want to infuse your home with staging from a professional, contact me for a consultation. Gain success with a staging professional, help bring value to the sale of your home.
~gina t graham
gina t graham
Home Staging and Redesign for Jacksonville, FL.
"Sometimes excellent is not a good enough word. I recommend Gina to everyone who is selling their home and for setting up the next home they buy." -Kit, staging client.