Kathy Streib gives some sound and very important advice to sellers who have not improved their home in years. Her advice is the key to selling a home or not selling a home.
Staging FAQ’s- Can’t You Just Put Some Furniture in It?
Recently I wrote that success in selling your house is affected by a confluence of different factors, such as price, condition and location. Just a few weeks ago I met with a client whose condominium had been on the market for over 11 months.
As I toured the property, I was making a mental checklist of the positives and not-so-positive features. Why wasn’t this property selling?
It was in Palm Beach, located on an upper floor with a nice view of the ocean. However, he told me that he had owned the condo for over 20 years and had not done a thing to it. It was now vacant and after several price reductions he thought perhaps calling in a Stager to add furniture and other items to it would help it sell.
Can’t you just put some furniture in it?
Unfortunately, adding furniture and accessories would just act as a cover up to a property that was in need of updating.
If your property has not been updated, there are some things you can do that won’t break the bank.
1. Paint- No, leave the cans of white paint alone. Consider a neutral and warming taupe with your white trim. All white can be very cold and unimaginative.
2. Carpet- if your carpet is worn, old, stained or very taste specific, then replace it.
3. Light it up- this is an easy and relatively inexpensive update. Make a trip to your local hardware store and you’ll find easy solutions for your entry, kitchen and even bathrooms.
4. Bring your kitchen into this century- This is the first area on which a Buyer will focus. Consider new appliances, fixtures and countertops.
You may think this is all adding up but ask yourself what you’re spending on your mortgage,insurance, taxes, utilities and other maintenance fees each month that it sits their vacant and on the market.
If your house is vacant, staging isn’t just about putting furniture and accessories in it. Get your house market ready by making it as appealing and move-in ready that your budget will allow.
If you are ready to sell your house, call Room Service Home Staging and ask for our Staging Consultation to learn about more steps that you can take get your home sold!
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