Whether you have lived in your condo for a couple of years, or a house for thirty, preparing to sell your home can be an overwhelming experience. All those little annoying things you have put off fixing; the loose hinged drawer, a dripping faucet, a finicky light switch, a worn carpet, are they really so important to making the sale?
What is the best use of your time and how much money should you spend to get the greatest return on your investment? Your family and friends all love your home. Why would you change anything? These are all valid questions, and ones an experienced home stager will be able to guide you through.
Your home is most likely one of your largest financial investments. Pre-sale preparation will bring you benefits in both time and money. The longer your property is listed, the greater the vulnerability to lower the list price. Selling quickly will not only work in your favour financially, it will also minimize the inconvenience of shuffling the family out of the home for constant showings.
To sell at the highest price in the least amount of time, think like a buyer and be objective. This may sound easy, but for most of us, our house is more than a financial investment. It is our home, wrapped up in memories. Stagers bring an objective eye, with a sense of space and design. Objectively de-cluttering rooms can increase visual space for added value, and at the same time will remove your footprint to help buyers visualize themselves in their new home.
While you need to find a way to detach, you will want the buyer to become attached to your home. Buyers arrive with expectations, a “must have list,” but make final decisions based on emotion. Creating a connection between the buyer and your home will lessen their need to have all items ticked off the list. Designing a memorable nook in what was once an awkward corner is just one example of how a stager can help create a unique, emotional selling feature.
Here at GVHBA, our custom home builders use “show homes” and “model suites” to showcase their work. Statistically, staged homes sell 2-3 times faster. People perceive staged homes as having added value and can easily visualize and connect to the space.
Objectively – a professional home stager will work with you to prepare your investment for its greatest selling potential while helping the buyer emotionally connect to your home. Considering the size of your investment, it makes
sense to work with a professional. To find a GVHBA member who does this type of work, visit www.gvhba.org , click on “Find a Service,” and search for “Interior Designer.”