Sometimes the homes that need the most TLC are the vacant ones. Â One might believe it easier to sell an empty home. This is not always the case. If you are attempting to sell a vacant home, you will want to view this home through the eyes of a potential buyer.
The buyer isn't just buying four walls, some plumbing, and HVAC, instead they are buying a lifestyle, THEIR lifestyle. Â It is hard for a buyer to enter an occupied home without being distracted by personal effects, someone else's taste in furniture, paint and wallpaper. Â Surprisingly a buyer can be even more boggled by empty rooms when they have no vision of how they will use these vast empty spaces.
If getting the most amount of money possible is an important factor in selling your home and you are willing to go the extra mile, then you should stage your vacant home. It sounds silly, but it works.
Set up a vignette, such as a "reading nook" by using a chair or some floor cushions, combined with a mug, a blanket, a lamp. Â Stage some accessories, wooden letters spelling out HOME, or EAT in the kitchen with some place settings. Â A wine and cheese area, with props including fake breads, plates, small fork and wine glasses on a pub table with two stools. Â Think of your community and what hobbies people tend to partake in. Â If your home is on the golf course, stage a putting green in your finished basement, or poker table as a boys area. Â There are so many ideas and creative spins to engage buyers and encourage offers on your home!
Think of touring a builders model. Â You may see sweatshirts from local schools draped on the beds, a movie theatre set up in the basement, a bowl of wax fruit or desserts on the island. Â Subtle, memory points are staged throughout to tug the emotional strings of a buyer and make the connection. Also, these unique details aid the buyer in remembering your home after touring 10 or so.
Staging doesn't need to be an expensive task. Â Stores such as Hobby Lobby, Old Time Pottery, etc. have terrific finds for staging. If you have a hard time setting up these type of scenes in your home a real estate agent or stager are two creative resources you can tap into. Â If you are in the Northeast Ohio are and need assistance with selling your home, contact me and my team today and check out my local website,Â http://propertyofcleveland.comÂ