Home Staging 101

If you’re in the process of preparing your home for sale, nothing can replace the marketing benefits of making it look its absolute best!

When prospective buyers are touring a home their impressions will be based on emotional reactions and subconscious impressions made when they walk in the door.  Peeling paint around the doorbell that you may not even have noticed because you rarely use the front door signals the buyer to watch for other signs of poor maintenance.  Piles of sneakers and boots may be convenient for you during the winter but shout to someone new that you don’t have sufficient closet space.The presence of pet odors, stains, fur, or uncleaned cat litter boxes makes buyers think of other pet damage in the house.

It can be challenging to consistently keep your house in tip top condition while you’re still living in it, but, considering all that’s at stake, it’s worth the extra effort. In addition to impeccable cleanliness, other priorities for staging a home include fresh coats of paint where needed (preferably a neutral color) and trimmed and weeded landscaping. 

An experienced real estate agent can spot potential problem areas in seconds and offer valuable advice that can improve the marketability of your home. After having observed hundreds of buyer reactions to everything from cluttered rooms and mismatched furniture to peeling wall paint and water stains on ceilings, they can advise you on what needs to be fixed, spruced up, replaced, or rearranged.  Some work with home stagers who can give additional suggestions.

Curb appeal is the first impression your home will make on prospective buyers.  Give your lawn a manicured look, eliminate signs of peeling paint, trim shrubs and ground cover so they aren’t covering up walks and entries you rarely use, and remove grime from windows, concrete surfaces, and siding.  Home staging does not have to be an expensive undertaking.  It can help you get top dollar for your property and minimize the time it remains on the market.

 

 
Hadley, MA

This contemporary single-family home in Hadley, MA recently sold for $359,000.
It features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, and 3 bedrooms, and is located on 1.84 acres on a cul-de-sac–long views and privacy but convenient to everything.  It was sold by Peter Vincent and Merle Bruno – Sawicki Real Estate

 

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