You probably know many steps you can take to make your home more attractive to would-be buyers. Keep the yard mowed and edged, put a fresh coat of paint on the front door and you’ve started boosting its curb appeal. Inside the home, be diligent with cleaning chores and putting things away so the house looks its best whenever a buyer shows up.
But consider taking the presentation of your home even further if you want to the best chance to sell it quickly and for the highest possible price. That’s where home staging comes in. Staging helps you make the home more appealing to the widest possible audience.
Staging works best when someone with a practiced eye evaluates your home to give you tips to make it more sellable. Most people have a hard time seeing their home objectively enough to make good staging decisions.
Your Realtor® may have experience staging homes or at least have suggestions to get you started. He or she may also have a list of staging professionals for you to consider hiring. As with hiring other professionals, you can ask friends for referrals and you should inquire about the stager’s references. Also, make sure to ask the home stager whether they will give you a free estimate.
Home staging may involve removing some furnishings, making changes to the décor, or moving some furniture around. Some stagers may bring in new furniture or suggest accessories that can make a difference. You might get advice about painting a room a different color.
Remember that staging your home is not the same as decorating it. Staging is all about helping potential buyers focus on the property’s best features while minimizing the less attractive ones. Knowing that, you shouldn’t be offended if the home stager recommends changes to the master bedroom that you spent so long getting just the way you like it.
It’s not about you anymore; it’s about the people who will consider buying your home. And the better the impression your house makes on buyers, the closer you will be to making a sale.
Whether you're interested in buying your first home, your next home, or just want to know more about home-ownership in general, I encourage you to check out a couple of great online resources: http://www.texasrealestate.com/ or http://www.har.com/ and for all of your Pearland TX and Northern Brazoria and Galveston County real estate needs, please visit my site at http://www.danfrankrealty.com/. All of these sites offer tons of useful, real estate-related information geared specifically for Texans.
Danny Frank is a local Pearland TX Real Estate expert! You can see my entire blog at http://www.pearlandrealtyblog.com
My column was also published in the 14Nov09 edition of the Galveston County Daily News