As an agent with certification in staging, I am here to tell you that "yes, staging a home does have value!" The majority of today's buyers begin their search on the internet. Photos and price are key factors in determining how many showings your home will receive. Many buyers will pass over your home if there are no photos. If the home shows dated, cluttered or dark, the buyer will either choose not to look or make a very low offer. Studies have shown that 85% of buyers do not improve a home the first two years of occupancy. It is costly to replace carpeting, appliances, remove wallpaper and update baths and kitchens. These are projects that should be done during the time that you live in a home and not all at once!
If your home is in need of updating, the price should reflect it. Paint is a very inexpensive way to make your home look fresh and welcoming. Removing things you no longer need makes your home look more spacious. Clutter is a turn-off and very distracting in pictures. I have never seen a buyer look under a bed. This is a great place to store a few things to make the room look bigger. Purchase a box designed for this very purpose and place shoes, sweaters or even children's books or toys in these boxes and shove them under the bed. A nice comforter set will easily hide the box and the photo of the room will be very attractive.
Clean all counters of bills, notes, magazines and photos. Mantles should just have a nice trio of candles or a nice picture on it. Tables can be set with fresh flowers and new placemats with napkins and silverware. Carpets should be clean and pet bowls should never be visible in a photo or at a showing.
These are just a few tips from a realtor who has seen her listings sell quickly for top dollar when they have been staged. Please feel free to give me a call if I can assist you with your real estate needs!
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
Clifton Park, NY