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Selling a house is an art. It really is. You need to make a stranger feel at home the moment they open the gate on your white-picket fence. Laying everything out so they can visualize the potential your home possesses and what they will do with it should they sign on the dotted line.
That’s why you need to be staging your home in a way that will put a smile on every potential shopper’s face. To give it to you straight; home-staging is the masked-superhero in the house-selling game. It’s the deliciously stylish tactic that can give you the upper hand in what is such a competitive marketplace these days.
Of course, you might be reading that and thinking, “it’s just another unnecessary expense” or “it’s another hassle that could be done without”. We understand where you’re coming from. But nothing will cause a bigger headache than a home that’s sat on the market for month after month. Which is why we’ve pulled together some home-staging facts that might well change your mind.
5 Minutes Compared To 40
This research absolutely blew us away when we read it. Potential home buyers only spend five minutes looking around a vacant home. Which is nothing when you compare it to the forty-minutes they spend touring a listing that’s been furnished. The reason for this is simple, staged homes offer people the chance to become emotionally attached to somewhere and this is because it feels more like a home than just a house.
Sell Your Home Twice As Fast
If you’re the kind of person that only pays attention to cold-hard facts, then this one’s for you. Homes that are well-staged before pictures are taken only sit on the market for 23 days when the listing goes up. That’s the average. That means a staged-home sells 87% faster than one that’s been left vacant. So if you want to enjoy the benefits of a quick sale, you’ve found a no-brainer to help you.
The Details Make A Difference
When it comes to staging your home, it’s the little things that can make a difference. Take storage for example. It’s one of those luxuries that every home buyer looks for. Simply because they can never get enough of it. With that in mind, buyers will snoop around your place. Including your built-in closets and storage spaces. A trick of the trade is to empty half all your storages spaces. Neatly organize what you leave and make each space feel that much bigger. It’s little things like this that can have a huuuuge impact.
Take Away The People, Not The Personality
One of the hardest things to do when staging a home is keeping the personality without making it feel like it’s still your home. The point is: the more personal stuff there is in your house, the less a potential buyer will be able to imagine themselves living there. The best way to do this is to hide all your family photos, put away your memorabilia and pop your personal keepsakes in a box. That will mean your home still has personality, but it won’t be attached to anyone.