You may also choose to stage your own house. There are tips for staging house in this link http://www.globalspan.net/staging.htm . The trick is to look at your house as a buyer would. That means make any repairs needed, clean until it sparkles and declutter without stripping the house of personality. Think Pottery Barn. Clean, modern, warm yet neutral. You want to appeal to the largest pool of buyers possible and even rethinking how you present your house can mean a faster sale. It also may be helpful to ask your friends or neighbors to walk through your house and write down the any negative things that they notice. Even something simple like a missing switch plate can put buyers off and make them less likely to buy. Staging is great and it helped me sell my house. I recommend it.
You would be shocked if you saw what a difference it makes to stage your home to sell. In my opinion it's worth every penny spent. It will sell faster and for more money than if it's not staged. I usually recommend paying for a staging consultation to start with. A professional stager will examine your home and generate a report for you with their recommendations. That way you can do some or all of the staging by simply following their recommendations and not have to pay a lot for the advice. If you want more help or need accessories brought in, then you can hire them to do the additional work.
You have received some excellent advice regarding staging. It really is worthwhile to do the upfront work to make your home show as well as possible.
As I've said elsewhere on this Forum, "Buyers buy with their eyes." Since most home Buyers today start their search on the Internet, staging your home will enhance the photos that the potential Buyers for your home will ultimately see.
Of course, keeping your home in "staged condition", or close to it, for all showings is important as well. (And, yes, I know it's a lot of work, but having a home that shows beautifully will really make your home stand out from the rest.)
Three of the most basic, and important, steps in staging your home are things you can do yourself: 1) Cleaning, 2) Deodorizing, and 3) Decluttering. Everything else is like icing on the cake--Nice, but not as critical.
Kevin, you may also want to read my blog article, referenced below, on "Ten Inexpensive Things Home Stagers Do To Get a Home Sold." Good luck with your home sale.
Maggie Hawk, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.
My only caution is that many agents try to wear too many hats and consider themselves not only the real estate expert but an expert on staging and photography as well. Our team advocates being experts on real estate and hiring a professional stager and photographer. We pay for both of them out of our pocket as a part of our marketing strategy to sell your home faster and for more money. You might want to look for an agent that does the same.
Bill Wallace, RE/MAX Results, Apple Valley, MN
Is your real question "Is it worth what I pay for professional staging?" A professional staging can be the difference between no interest and a quick sale. If you're concerned about the cost of staging, consider hiring a professional Realtor who offers staging services gratis to their Sellers.
All of us, regardless of how excellent our housekeeping skills. color choices, and tastes in furnishings may be can use the direction of a professional who has an unjaded eye when viewing our home and belongings. Many of the stagings for our clients have been met with astonished reactions: "I had no idea our house could look like this", "wow - amazing". Hopefully, the Buyers will be mouthing the same words as they see the property first-hand, in pictures, or in video.
Yes - go for the staging. You won't regret it.
Kimberly Lane Properties
I run a real estate company in and we stage every house we sell. We have noticed a huge decrease in the days a home is on the market from a non-staged to a staged home. I don't hire a professional company to stage my homes. We purchase items for the entryway, kitchen, and both bathrooms only. The rest of the home is either empty of cleaned out as much as possible. You should focus on staging the kitchen with warm earth tones like reds and browns. The bathrooms should be clean sterile colors like whites, blues, and greens. Good luck!
It is a proven fact that a professionally staged home sells quicker and for more money. I have had much success with a company that I use called Creative Staging. The objective is to have your home in perfect condition with great curb appeal.
Frank Dolski MBA, ABR, e-PRO
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors