Staging Real Estate
You ask yourself consciously or subconsciously; “Are they serious about selling and if so, why didn’t their agent tell the about staging real estate?” “What else didn’t they take care of?” “If I can’t see the whole of the closet, how do I know this mess is not covering up a bigger issue?” Or perhaps the most common conclusion springs to mind… “This closet is too small to accommodate all this guys stuff, so maybe it’s not big enough for mine either.”
I know some of you are thinking, it’s just a closet. A very small part of the house. Surely the Buyer can see past the smaller things? Maybe. Maybe not.
Taking the risk by not staging real estate means:
- Risking the buyer will offer a lower contract price.
- Risking the Buyer will not trust you, the Seller, to have maintained the rest of the house and therefore will be super-diligent (picky) at inspection.
- Risking the Buyer will chose another house altogether (one that benefits from staging real estate!) and you will sit on the market longer than needed.
1. Remove a lot of the clothes, shoes and other items. The closet should be only half full. It will look bigger – luxurious even. You’re going to have to pack it anyway and half the stuff in there is out of season right now.
2. Organize what is left. Clothes and shoes should be orderly. Grouped according to type, hung nicely, folded neatly. Color coordinated if you can manage it. 🙂
3. Clean the closets and cupboards. All those dust-bunnies in the back should go up the vacuum cleaner!
4. Deodorize as needed. That’s right, small enclosed spaces that are home to shoes and worn clothing can become a bit “less-than-fresh”. Can anyone say “teenage male” or “sports enthusiast”?
5. Speaking of enclosed… Take another look at the picture at the top of this article. Your closet should have a door of some sort. Being able to close off the closet gives it a neat and clean look.
When you are ready to sell, you need honest feedback and practical solutions. Solutions that will result in a lower number of days on market and a higher accepted contracted price. Engaging a Realtor that is educated and experienced in Staging is one way. Employing a staging professional is another.
I am an Accredited Staging Professional AND a Realtor. One of the first added values I bring to my listings is a staging consultation. Yes, there is a good chance your to-do list will be comprehensive by the time I’m done taking stock…you may just thank me all the way to the bank. (Or decide that you don’t want to sell after all!!!)
Sellers, you are paying your Realtor to give you good advice and help you get the best possible price for your property. Staging real estate is a big part of this. Start your negotiation with a higher offer and …
Don’t leave money on the closing table!
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