I see the value of the “staged property” even more by the educational information I received from my ASP Staging class. I actually went on a listing appointment the next day and I may have blown the clients away with information.
This young couple had purchased the home from me ten years prior and they had very much lived in the property. They were newlyweds and childless when I met them, and now they are busting out at the seams with three beautiful children. The first thing I notice as I walk in the door is the bumper pads on the brick fireplace and the cluster of baby toys neatly stacked in the corner of the living room. Oh, the joy of hearing the laughter of children is what I thought. But, unfortunately, we do not live in our homes when we sell them like we do on a normal, everyday basis.
This home was very much clean and tidy but I could tell I would need to talk about some uncomfortable things like replacing the carpet and having cracks in the walls repaired. This couple listened intently to my comments and recommendations. They have some work to do but I know once they do it we will get their home sold. We talked about staging and colors but they have some things to complete before we talk about furniture placement.
The connection that we have with our home when a family is born into it is very much intuitive to our relationship of love and passion. The family can sense the heartbeat of their life and feel affection for that safe environment. The transition from home to house needs to take place when you’re ready to sell. Once the emotional disconnect is made then it will be easy to move from this being your home to being the first “house” that you owned.
I do believe if you do what I say your property will sell faster and for more money. It’s proven that if you stage your home to sell it, it will sell BEFORE the first price reduction. So many people think the cost of staging is too much when actually the cost of the first price reduction is likely much, much more. Call me to discuss the benefits of home staging.