Why stage your home?
According to research commissioned by the Real Estate Staging Association, staging your home can shave as many as 7 months off the time your property would otherwise sit on the market, waiting for a buyer. As most real estate professionals can tell you, every week your home doesn’t sell forces its final offer down. More than 5 out of 6 American home buyers responding to an AOL survey said that a home’s presentation directly impacts sales. Likewise, more than half the respondents in a Maritz Research poll said they would make higher offers for homes that appear “move-in ready.”
In her new book, Affordable Home Staging Secrets: How to Make Money Before You List Your Home & Have Fun Doing It, interior designer N. Lynn Matthews offers advice for sellers who want to tackle the process of home staging without professional help.
Make your house energy-efficient
Buyers love to hear that their potential new homes have already been audited for energy efficiency. Before your first showing, Matthews suggests investing in modern electric and plumbing fixtures. Without spending very much money, you can assure prospective buyers that they’ll save money on electric and water bills once they move in.
Let your light shine
Replace any dim or failing light bulbs with modern LED or CFL light sources. Even though many of us love to cocoon at home, Matthews and Earles note that buyers make the best connections with bright, airy spaces. Matthews advises changing blinds or shades that look dirty or outdated, while opening up as much natural light as possible. With the right combination of clean space, welcoming design, and warm light, you can take photos and stage showings that can lead to the closing table.