Home > Blogs > Florida > Manatee County > Lakewood Ranch > A Twist on Home Staging
3,599 views

Gina Ursini's Blog

By Gina Ursini | Agent in Sarasota, FL

A Twist on Home Staging

A new and innovative twist on staging vacant homes

You only have 15 seconds to make a good first impression. When selling your home, you want buyers to walk in the front door and say "Wow".  One way to accomplish this is to stage the home. It's a proven fact that a staged house sells faster and for more money.

A vacant home sells for 10% less and is harder to sell. The reason -- most buyers can not visualize what the home will look like furnished. To solve this problem, you could hire a professional home stager, but many times the furniture looks generic and will not match the homes personality.

Want to get that lived-in look without actually living in the home?

A national staging company out of Nashville Tennessee, Show Homes, has put a new and innovative twist on staging vacant homes. They have discovered a way to save sellers time and money plus give the home a meticulous lived-in look. How? By sending one of their "resident manager"s to live in an manage your home.

The role of a resident manager

These resident managers are carefully screened and bring their own furniture and accessories. The resident manager also pays for their own utilities while living in your home. And, to top it all off, the home staging service purchases the additional homeowner’s insurance required.

Does all of this sound too good to be true? 

Hiring a professional tenant may not be for everyone. For example, Showhomes only supplies its services for those listings over $500,000 and staging fees can range from $1,000 - $3,000. At closing, the homeowner pays .25 percent to 1 percent of the list price to the company. Because it is a franchise, pricing structures may vary by region.

“On a million-dollar home, we would typically charge a $2,500 setup fee and a $5,000 success fee if and when the home sold, paid at closing,” says Thom Scott, director of operations for Showhomes. “If we didn’t succeed in producing a sale, the homeowner would only pay the setup fee.”

If you have a home in a large metropolitan area, you can find a local company to provide this service such as Quality First Home Marketing in San Diego and Luxury Homes in Atlanta.

Source:  http://www.SarasotaHomesCollection Insider Tips by Keller Williams Realty

For more information on Lakewood Ranch Real Estate, Sarasota, Bradenton, or the surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in the Lakewood Ranch area, please do not hesitate to contact Gina Ursini (941-812-4894) at Keller Williams Realty or visit http://SarasotaHomesCollection.com.

Thank you for reading. I hope you  find this blog post informative. Please feel free to contact me or comment below with any thoughts.

A twist on home staging


POST
 
Copyright © 2014 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer