The time has come for you to put your house on the market. You know that you will have to do some home staging (believe me, almost everyone does).
The question is : How much home staging is enough?
There are some things which absolutely MUST be done, such as de cluterring and cleaning (and cleaning some more).
There are many other steps in the whole home staging process, of course, and the effort you put in is directly proportional to a successful sale.
But, in this post, I want to demonstrate that even some relatively minor changes can sell the house.
Case in point: I was recently asked to meet with a young couple (with a baby) who have attempted to sell their house previously and did not. This time they hired a different broker, who insisted (and paid) for me to give them a home staging consultation.
The house was in a suburb, average 3 bedroom bungalow built in 1960s. When I did the walk through, I noticed that the kitchen was quite in bad shape and needed full renovation (which is a major negative for the sale). We rarely recommend major renovations in home staging (for sale), so we had to work with what we had and put emphasis on other ‘better’ features of the house.
The living room was the first room the visitors saw when they came in. Unfortunately, that room was painted a dark brown color. The red and gold set of sofas did NOTHING to enhance the room either. (see the pic of them in the photo of the basement).
I explained to the owners the importance of repainting the entrance and the living room a light, neutral color and changing the furniture, especially as their target market is a young family. I also recommended switching furniture between basement, where I found a nice leather L-shape and the living room. Finally, I asked the to de-clutter the office and purchase a few decorating accessories.
The reason I don’t have any photos of ‘BEFORE’ is because they were so resistant to the effort required that I was not sure they were going to follow my advice. But, I prevailed, and the client had accepted an offer 5 days after it was put on the market a second time.
The client called me to thank me and tell me how happy they were that they followed my advice.
So, how much home staging is enough?
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