Ok, so you’ve made the decision to sell. Now what? You are probably going to meet with a number of real estate agents or you may already have one in mind. During the initial meeting, that agent is likely going to mention home staging. Staging a home for sale is a concept that has been around for a long time in the luxury market. It took off in all markets in the early 2000s. Despite staggering stats in favour of staging, some people still wonder if it really is necessary to sell their home. Let’s examine a few key points.
Enhance Your Home’s Online Image
More people are moving to the internet to search for homes. They will often spend hours online before booking an appointment or speaking to an agent. This means that your home photography has to appeal to a wide variety of people. Staging helps. While most of us don’t live a perfectly curated home, clutter is very noticeable in photos.
Things you wouldn’t normally notice when you walk into a room will stick out like a sore thumb in a photo. The goal of online photography is to entice someone to want to book an appointment to see your home. Staging will help neutralize your space so more buyers want to see it.
Allow Buyers to Visualize
What is the first thing you notice when you walk into someone else’s home for the first time? Their decor. Their family photos. Their furniture. It’s human nature to immediately start determining whether we like the stuff or not. This is exactly how potential buyers will judge your home. The goal of home staging is to allow the buyers to visualize their life in your home. You need to remove the personal items in order to do that. You don’t want a buyer to be looking at your photos and judging your decor choices. You want them to be looking at the layout and the finishes. You want them to be thinking about where their furniture is going to go and how their life is going to unfold in the home.
Display the Strengths of Your Home
Do you use the third bedroom as an office? Is the basement full of your storage items? Staging is going to make your home’s best attributes shine. It is going to highlight your home’s potential which is exactly what you want buyers to see. This is going to be the biggest investment of the buyer’s life, so they are going to make sure it is something they love. You need to allow them to see what could be.
If you want some staging tips from a professional or if you still aren’t sure if home staging is right for you, contact Markham Real Estate agent Martin MacFarlane today. Martin can answer all your real estate related questions.