As for staging, you can get great rental furniture and accessories and a Stager will be able to help you in coordinating this. Staging will concentrate a potential buyer's focus on the home's most important features, or those areas you wish you emphasize. Staging will also help potential buyer's to visualize themselves living in the home. Using neutral color palettes and eye catching artwork and accessories, a Stager will be able to create flow and help form a great first impression!
After staging, professional photography should also be used in all marketing as well, being sure to show the entire house in its true form. If you staged your home, yet have photos of a vacant home in your marketing, buyers will be misinformed and show up confused.
Best of luck to you and feel free to contact me for additional information on staging your home for sale!
Staging your home for sale, and then taking the photographs to market the home allows you to avoid â€˜empty room syndromeâ€™.
Click on the link to take our empty room syndrome test - can you guess the price range of this home from the photos - well neither can buyers.
I've also stood in open houses that were not statged and later staged and I watched the prospective buyers spend more time in the property envisioniing how they would live there.
A house sitter I don't know about. A house needs to be clean, clear of clutter and presented as if it is a product that says buy me!
It is better to have your home professionally staged AND vacant! That's why new home builders hire professional decorators and when the house is vacant it's always available to show and always clean!
If you feel up to the task you can stage it yourself and save that way but be sure to look at model homes and ask your realtor for their advise on the decorating.
Keller Williams Preferred Realty Colorado
It has been my experience that homes that sell the fastest are homes that are well staged, well landscaped, spotless in terms of cleanliness, and uncluttered.
If you are worried that you can't afford a professional stager, take the time to learn the basic staging principles and do it yourself. If you have difficulty in a particular area like landscaping find a family or friend that can assist you.
If you just don't have acumen for staging, hire a professional who can give you a consultation, usually from $100-$400, that prioritizes and outlines all the areas of your property that need to be addressed. If you need professional staging references in your area of Florida let me know.
Best of luck,
If you look at it from the same perspective at the developers, they see the importanct of decorating their model homes to appeal to a cross section of buyers. They feel this is the best way to show their homes to potantial buyers.
From a general sales point of view, we have seen it be beneficial both ways, by being decorated and completely empty. The buyer that has important pieces of furniture that will be brought into the home, will find it easier to visualize the placement of their furnishings in an empty home.
Empty homes will show imperfections easily and require attention to painting, carpet stains, and taking care of blemishes that will potentially get in the way of a sale.
It's impossible to predict the back ground of your buyer but most buyers will have some furnishings they will be bringing to the home. Our best advise is which ever way you elect to go........make sure you do it well, allowing people to see your home in the best light.
The "Eckler Team"
Michael Saunders & Company
2008 Five Star Award for Outstanding Customer Service
As to using a "housesitter" that can be very risky... your house and all showings will be at the mercy of someone else. Unless the house sitter is someone you trust completely, be extremely cautious!
Feel free to contact me if you would like any home staging advice!
Rising Moon Interiors
Often the client will love the staging so much, they will attempt to purchase the home with the furnishings.
This happens all the time with new developments and their model homes.