There are tons of simple ways homeowners can decorate their homes on their own for a sale. They can take out clutter, do a repaint job, add some beautiful fresh flowers, etc. So you might ask, what is a home stager for?
Fir one, homeowners are often uncertain about the steps they should take – what paint colors to pick, what to do with the clutter, etc. As it is, selling a home can really be daunting. People typically lack knowledge about their local real estate markets and how homes in their price range are expected to look.
On the other hand, a home stager is able to look at a home with a fresh pair of eyes as well as from the perspective of a hypercritical buyer. If you’re contemplating selling your home and considering hiring a professional home stager, the following may just convince you that you’re on the right track:
1. A home stager knows just what to do to build the right environment quickly and at the lowest possible cost.
2. A home stager has expert knowledge as to what homes in various price ranges look like and what makes them easier to sell. They will make recommendations which your real estate agent may not offer simply because they are scared to lose the listing.
3. A home stager has no emotional connection to any of your belongings so they can make more objective decisions as to which should go or remain. With their expert vision, they will be able recommend the best way to move existing furniture around, including art pieces and accessories.
4. A home stager can readily pick new tiles, paint colors, finishes or any other part of your home that could use a facelift. And they have standby contacts as well with practically everyone who might be needed, such as painters, tile polishers, handymen, and so on.
5. A home stager can quickly bring in new furniture, paintings and other decors that could fit your target better than what you currently have, or if your home is bare.
Home staging is not reserved for Hollywood celebrities or filthy rich businessmen. Even for a humble property, staging can have a considerable impact on its selling price and on the number of days it stays on the market. For instance, a home that has stayed on the market for five months with its highest offer being $250,000 can easily be sold for $10,000 higher (at least) with no more than a $400 investment on clearing clutter, rearranging furniture and serious cleaning. Note that people, and this includes home buyers, are predominantly visual beings. That’s why we say first impressions last, and most of this first impression is without a doubt visual.