When you’re trying to sell a product, you have to make it look as interesting as possible to catch the eyes of potential buyers. In the realm of real estate, it’s no different and your product is your home! In order to make your home appealing to buyers, it is highly suggested that you “stage” your home.
What does staging your home mean?
Staging your home is essentially the process by which you make your home look its absolute best! Staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers so they can visualize themselves living in their (hopefully) future home. The goal is that visitors will be blown away by how amazing your home looks!
Additionally, staging is a key component of the marketing process. Post-staging your realtor/photographer will be able to take some beautiful shots of your home for online use.
You’ve heard the saying a thousand times: “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Fundamentally, great pictures will attract potential buyers and help speed your selling process along!
What to look for in a home stager?
Now that you understand how important it is to stage a home before it appears on the market, you need to find a home stager who can get the job done to perfection! Of course, you will want to look for someone who has a great portfolio, experience, and comes with recommendations. But, what do you do when meeting with a home stager to be sure they’re the one?
Ask questions to save money!
Most people are on a budget when selling their homes. So asking questions and ensuring that you’re hiring a great home stager for the best price is going to be a wise choice. Also, you can write off many of the real-estate and staging fees from your taxes!
First, be sure that your home is decluttered and in good condition before asking a stager to quote you. Odds are that your quote will be lowered if the stager sees less work on their end. Even during/after a stager visit, you may want to ask if you can get certain tasks done yourself to save money. For example, you may be able to touch up paint, clean inside, or maintenance your exterior yourself. Moreover, it’s a good idea to ask if a redesign could save money—this includes simply moving around furniture and possibly changing up colors.
Finally, be realistic with your budget. If you know that your home will need some major work, be prepared to spend. But also, do not overpay if you know that your home doesn’t need the work. Interview more than one home stager and do your research!
Understand that a home stager is not the same as a realtor, however your realtor may already have relationships built up with home stagers. It is probably a good idea to ask your realtor for suggestions or referrals.
The Michelle Chase Team is a great place to start, if you’re thinking about selling your home with an Apopka Realtor! Voted one of America’s Top 100 Realtors, The Michelle Chase Team is able to help you throughout your entire real estate process and make your home-selling process much easier!