It sounds very strange but in addition to your home selling faster and for more money, you can lose weight! Â Not because of the work of cleaning your home, but it's psychological! Â The problem is not organization, it's what we value and hold on to. Â
'A January 2008 article in The New York Times, â€œA Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves,â€ quotes Lynne Johnson, president of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, who says, â€œI think someone decides, â€˜Iâ€™m not going to live my life like this anymore. Iâ€™m not going to hold onto my stuff, Iâ€™m not going to hold onto my weight.â€™â€Â
She adds, â€œI donâ€™t know that one comes before the other. Itâ€™s part of that same life-change decision.â€ One of Lynneâ€™s clients, for example, cleaned out her home and lost 50 pounds.'
So value where you are moving to and remember, if you are living in the past, you're homeless in the present!
For a limited time I am offering a free home staging consultation for sellers. Â Studies show that staged homes sell for 6 to 13% more money in 40% less time. Â Sounds good to me!
Did you know that the National Association of Realtors, the House Builders Association, and HDTV all agree that by staging your home, you can sell for substantially MORE $$$ and LESS Days on Market? Â That's like hiring a Realtor for free and still making a profit! Â Want to know how I can do that for you? Â Call me at 973.207.9803
According to a major Home Staging company, only 10% of buyers can visualize a home. Â That means they don't see the potential and possibilities which is why it is important to professionally stage your home to sell.
I provide that for all my clients whether it's a million+ home or a $300,000 home because I believe it's that critical. Â Why would I pay for that? Â Simple, it gives my clients the edge in how their professional photos are displayed and a 2009 Home Gain survey shows that there is a 586% return on investment. Â That means if I pay $150 for a staging consultation, I expect a nice return on my investment when (not if) Â the home sells. Â What can you buy today that has a 586% ROI?
If you need recommendations for a professional home stager, feel free to contact me for a referral!
First of all, don't confuse "decorating" a home for "staging" a home. Â In the former, it is done for you, your lifestyle, your enjoyment, your personal taste. Â Pictures of children, grandchildren, exotic trips may line the walls, your Pink Flyod collection may be overflowing the bookcase, things are placed for convenience and the way you live.
Staging a home is not for YOU. Â It is for the buyer. Â It de-personalizes and is meant to highlight the best attibutes of the home so that you get top dollar on the sale. Â Gone are all the family pictures, the collectible dolls, the abundance of plants (especially the artificial ones) which drape from every nook and cranny. Â Closets are thinned of out of season clothes and packed away. Accent colors are used to enliven. Â Yes, it looks like a cover of Home & Garden magazine and yes, it is not easy to live in that environment because it is meant to be a showcase, not a home.
So why do it? Â Because it works. Â It will net you more money and a faster sale. Of course "staging" a home is useless if you are not going to have a plethora of pictures on the internet, you don't want to be the best kept secret. Â Buyers look at pictures to weed out the ones they don't want to see and then prioritize the rest. Â You want to be at the top of that list because chances are good that after the first twelve homes, yours will not be seen no matter how well it's staged. Â
You've staged it, now show it off! Â I like to use the services of a professional photographer despite the fact that I majored in photography in high school. Â I'm a firm believer in utilizing the strengths of others. Â My strength is marketing and negotiating, combining my strength with the strengths of a mortgage broker, stager, photographer, attorney, etc. who are powerhouses, makes us all a great team.
If you are interested in recommendations for certified stagers, feel free to contact me.
Here's the TOP THREE "MUSTS"
- Use decorative baskets (in moderation) to conceal small items such as shampoo bottles and makeup
- Bookshelves should be only 1/3 full
- Use the "Rule of Three"
- Three accessories of different heights e.g.: on an end table, place lamp (high), small plant (medium), book (low)
- No more than three colors in a room