â€œStagingâ€ is the art of getting
your house ready to show to prospective buyers so that they see it in its best
light. While typically thought of as something agents do only for sellers, an
agentâ€™s staging skills are also beneficial to buyers.
Letâ€™s look at both aspects â€“
staging for sellers and staging for buyers.
As a seller, you want your house
to show its best. Buyers tend to choose emotionally and then justify their
decision logically. Staging, done well, can make an emotional connection with a
buyer â€“ providing them with a â€œwowâ€ experience when they open the door to your
With staging, its best to start
with the no-cost and low-cost strategies. Rearranging furniture, removing
clutter and painting can make a space feel larger and more inviting.
Accessorizing is another great way to add flair. It costs little and the
accessories that you buy can go with you to your new place.
In some cases, it can make sense
to make more substantial improvements. New floor coverings, countertops,
plumbing fixtures and lighting may help. Even remodels of kitchens and baths
can make financial sense in some cases. We have to be much more judicious about
these kinds of things, however. Are the time and effort worth the return even
if we get $1.50 back for every dollar spent on the upgrades?
What about staging for buyers. How
can staging expertise help you when you are buying?
It can help in two ways.
1) Most homes have not been staged
very effectively. We will need to look beyond the current cosmetics to the
underlying home and visualize how a different arrangement of furniture or some
low-cost improvements will make the space shine. Often you can get a better
deal on this type of home as most buyers and agents have trouble seeing beyond
the current conditions.
2) You will need to sort out and
be wary of the emotional impact you might feel from a well-staged home and make
sure that you are paying attention to the house itself. There is nothing wrong
with falling in love with the house you buy. You want to feel an emotional
attachment if it is a house you are going to live in. However, situations where
the effective staging causes buyers to forget about their initial needs and
wants (that extra bedroom or that third bathroom) can be misleading and
devastating once reality sets in.
Bottom Line: Staging is important
for both buyers and sellers. It is something weâ€™ll need to pay attention to on
either side of the transaction.
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