Louisville Home Staging
Your home’s not selling. It’s sat on the market for months. It generates a steady stream of showing appointments. But once these visitors tour your home, they disappear. They never follow up with an offer. A possible problem? You might not be showing your home to its proper potential. Louisville home staging might help turn those showings into legitimate offers.
What is Staging?
Home staging has become more popular, especially as buyers have become choosier about the homes on which they’ll make offers.
The goal of staging is simple but important: Home stagers do whatever they can to make your home look as appealing as possible to potential buyers.
Stagers might remove the large couch that makes your living room look small and replace it with a less-imposing love seat. Stagers might add vases, flowers and artwork to otherwise bare rooms. They might even make sure that the dining room table always features bright plate settings, shining silverware and a colorful centerpiece.
The ultimate goal is to set your home apart so that buyers will remember it. Buyers are then more likely to make an offer on a home that sticks out in their minds.
Does Staging Work?
Of course, staging isn’t free. Professional home stagers charge different rates. You can expect to pay a low of about $500 to a high of $6,000 for the services of one of these professionals.
This might be an investment worth making, though, if a recent study is to be believed.
According to recent numbers from Stagedhomes.com, 94 percent of homes staged by an Accredited Staging Professional sold in 29 days or fewer. Homes that were not staged sold after sitting on the market for 145 days on average. And as sellers know, you lose money the longer your home stays on the market.
Staged homes also tend to fetch higher sales prices. A 2011 poll by Maritz Research found that 63 percent of buyers will spend more for a house that is move-in ready. Another poll by AOL Money and Finance found that 87 percent of buyers say that home presentation makes the difference in most sales.
Who Does the Staging?
Many homeowners will hire an Accredited Staging Professional to stage their homes. You can often find one of these professionals through your Realtor, who may work with a stager on a regular basis. You can also find an accredited stager through the Web site of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals, www.iahsp.com.
If you don’t want to spend the money to hire a home stager, you can always stage your home yourself. The key? Remove as much extra furniture and clutter as possible. You want your home to look large. It won’t if all its rooms are filled with excess furniture, toys or knick-knacks.
Secondly, make sure your kitchens and bathrooms are clean. Buyers remember these rooms. So make sure to remove used bars of soap from your bathroom sink and put those shampoo and conditioner bottles in a cabinet. Remove old sponges from your kitchen sink, and clear your kitchen counters of as many appliances and gadgets as possible. Again, this will make your counter space appear larger.