Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / by Natasha McNealy
We have seen a rise in inventory over the past year and with that, comes more options for buyers. When there are more houses to choose from, it is crucial for your home to be able to stand out from the crowd in order for it to be sold fast and at your desired price. One key factor that goes into a quicker home sale is home staging. While your house may be in immaculate shape and your decorating is to your liking, that does not mean it is staged for a home sale. Many confuse decorating with staging, and we are here to inform you of the differences.
Staging your home needs to be looked at as marketing your home. This means that you will need to emotionally detach yourself from the home and let go of your decorating style and your prized collection pieces. You need to be able to give potential buyers a fresh outlook on your home in order for them to be able to picture it being their own. That means putting away the collectibles (even though you spent a lot of time and effort on them) or put away things that could be considered clutter or junk to another person. Your home says a lot about you and you most certainly should be proud of the things you have done for it and the things you chose to fill your home with - especially if they are souvenirs from traveling the world or long nights spent on projects that you deemed important. However, the way you live and the things you love is not the best way to sell your home. By taking away the personal belongings or collections, you are allowing your home to speak to its potential buyers without all the other distractions. The house can be the main focus of a sale and not be held back by the current owner’s taste and upstaging.
If you are looking to have your home sold in a prompt amount of time and for the most amount of money, focusing on the preference of other people should be at the top of your priorities. While it may be a tough time for you to allow stagers come in and reallocate or move things around in your home, it is important to not take it personally. Making the bones of the home stand out is always the main goal and allowing potential buyers to see the opportunity and functionality points your home comes with. Having home stagers come in as a third-party is a neutral way for you to be able to stage your home and trust that you can reach your goal.