Staging is the process in which we take a home from “living in” mode, to “sale ready” mode. It is the concept of furnishing and decorating your home to show off it’s best qualities, while minimizing it’s negatives.
We will begin by doing a thorough walk through of your home, identifying any areas where repairs, painting, or replacements to items are suggested. Next, we can arrange any necessary professionals to complete any work or upgrades you agree to. When any repairs or upgrades are complete, we will come in and arrange furniture and accessories to show your home in the best light. See some examples of rooms we’ve staged:
Once we have staged your home for showing, the following guidelines will help keep your home looking “sale ready” during the market period:
- Keep room draperies and shades open to let light in and make rooms appear larger
- Neatness makes a room look larger.
- Have your home well-lit during showing. All lights should be turned on.
- Avoid clutter and keep the house as clean as possible on a daily basis.
- Keep toys put away. Bikes, wagons and skateboards should not be out in front; make them as inconspicuous as possible.
- Light music, such as jazz or classical playing in the background is recommended.
- Avoid cooking foods with strong odors that can linger.
- During an open house, allow your realtor® to show your home without you present.
- Refer direct inquiries about your house to your Realtor®.
- If you’re home during a viewing, leave the Realtor® alone to show your property. Be friendly and encourage people to make themselves at home. Answer questions candidly, but avoid questioning potential buyers.
- Keep pets outdoors or better yet, consider having them stay with friends if possible. Some buyers are turned off by pets, some could be allergic.
- Remove or replace attached items not included in the sale of your house prior to putting it on the market.