Taking away unnecessary home furnishings and large pieces of furniture create the idea of more space.
Make sure you organize and clean out down to your closets. If a buyer looks in a crammed closet, they may think that there is not enough storage space in the home for their items.
Your online presence where the shopping begins.
Showing of the home so that the potential buyer can visualize living in your home.
Not all sellers need staging tips as they already have excellent taste. Staging does not have to be expensive and just a few minor tweaks will make the home market ready.
Staging has nothing to do with a Seller's taste and a lot to do with the buyerâ€™s wants. So the Seller and the Real Estate Agent/Realtor would need to answer the question who the buyers are and what they want and look for in the specific area or neighborhood and package the house (stage the house), accordingly.
I went to an open house a few days ago in THE most desirable and affluent neighborhood in my city. The architecture of the house is very traditional, Mediterranean as a matter of fact and the interior decorating and furnishings are very modern which makes the house very eclectic. First thing you notice when you walk in is the beautiful expensive art work and furnishings. What happened to highlighting Real Estate (almost 7, 000 sq. feet of Real Estate). The house has been on the market twice in the last two years and did not sell, and now it has been on the market a third time for over 60 days and they have yet to have an offer.
The architecture of the house is beautiful (traditional Mediterranean), the design and art work are beautiful (ultra modern, minimalistic), it screams single bachelor guy who has a very specific eclectic tasteâ€¦And donâ€™t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with his ultra modem, minimalistic taste. Personally I love it, as a mater of factâ€¦but I highly doubt that home appeals to the young family who wants to raise their children in the house of their dreams, in the most desirable, affluent neighborhood in the City.
So yes, Staging is Needed, if you want to sell quick and for top dollar!
I once previewed a home and they literally had like plastic mounted fish on the wall...and that was just the beginning. I had to turn down the Listing because it was that dreadful. Even with staging it was beyond help.
I work with folks that are familiar with Architectural Digest, Dwell, and other publications so it helps a lot.
It's really a question about knowing the market - and knowing your clientele both on the Seller and Buyer side of the equation.
LESS IS MORE - and always always put away personal items and collectibles !