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Joanne LaFle…, Real Estate Pro in Shaw A F B, SC

What are you doing to help your customers stage their homes?

Asked by Joanne LaFleur, PhD, Shaw A F B, SC Wed Jan 11, 2012

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All great answers thus far! I also encourage sellers to freshen up the front of the home, if needed, by making sure the lawn is regularly mowed, all shrubs and trees have been neatly trimmed, adding fresh seasonal bedding flowers, if possible, and lastly, spreading a few bags of top soil through the planter areas for that just landscaped look. A buyer's first impression of a home starts at the curb.

Hope this helps!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 18, 2012
Hi Joanne,

Nearly every listing I had last year required staging on some level. When you've worked years in this business it is fairly easy to spot what will appeal to buyers in the market. Aside from the obvious the majority of my clients agreed to do light painting, touch ups, replace fixtures, carpet, flooring, and lighting. On average my clients spent around $300 or less. Every listing received above average showings and high marks from the agents and their buyers.

When sellers understand and see their competition in the market they are more than willing to spend a few bucks to get their homes sold. My job is to try and get my clients' homes sold, not to hold housing inventory. If prospective clients are not willing to work with me to get their homes sold than it would be a waste of my time and their time to accept the listing. Good luck to you!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 17, 2012
Yes, of course have the de-clutter out the home, remove all personal items. Here is a thought, maybe partner with a furniture store and see if they are willing to let you use the items, you help sell the items and get the home staged? (just something that was suggested at a seminar that I attended.) I have never tried it but I have heard that it can be a great tool and a win win for all parties!

Jodi Bettarel
HomeSmart Real Estate
Temecula, Ca 92591
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 11, 2012
I agree with Tina.

Most sellers are not willing to buy the expense at this time. A simple solution is to remove personal items off the wall and clean to make rooms look big as possible.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 11, 2012
I have a brochure called showcasing your home that I give them which is very resourceful. I also recommend home staging services, but most prefer not to spend the I give them a to do list room by room to help them get their home ready for showing. Usually for most homes painting, decluttering, cleaning, rearranging furniture & proper lighting does the trick.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 11, 2012
Unless my clients are willing to pay for a professional stager, I focus on two key areas: decluttering and adding brighter light bulbs in existing fixtures. Both are quick, easy, and generate a big impact.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 11, 2012
With every listing I take I help the sellers to understand that clutter eat equity and space (and light) sells. I will walk the outside and inside of the property with them pointing out obvious items that they can correct for the home to appear more staged.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 17, 2012
I really like Joan's answers! I do give my seller clients a list; however, it is only after we have walked the property together inside/outside as the list reflects this and what needs to be modified. A seller's perception and the agent's perception of what needs to be done may be totally different, so walking together with the seller has proven to be ver beneficial from both sides.
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