Obviously, I’m a big believer in staging because I have this business. But in case you are still not convinced…
1.-In a survey of over 3500 homes, professionally staged homes sold for 6% more than their un-staged neighbors. You will get top dollar for your home.
2.- In a recent Real Estate Staging Association Survey, professionally staged homes spent 72% less time on the market. Your house will sell faster.
3.- In a National Association of Realty Survey, over 81% of buyers said it was easier to visualize the property as their next home.
4. -According to NAR, over 95% of buyers look online before they call an agent to schedule a viewing. On-line photos of staged homes look better.
There you go!
- Defining your style and everyday needs
- Finding an ideal color palette & selecting paint colors
- Improving furniture layout & room function
- Establishing a consistent tone from room to room
- Art & accessories placement
- Lighting solutions
- Choosing new materials/finishes such as fabrics, window coverings, rugs etc.
Just as important, a designer will come up with a timeline for the order of what needs to be done to accomplish your end goal. Last, I will help you budget your money wisely…more bang for the buck!
- Clear driveway, sidewalks and steps of ice and snow.
- Install driveway/front yard lighting.
- Upgrade the front entrance. Fresh paint or new front door, fresh wreath. Make sure entrance is well-lit.
- Add a fresh welcome mat.
- Upgrade your street numbers.
- Upgrade empty flower pots or boxes with hearty winter greens.
- Have a timer set for indoor and outdoor lights if you won’t be home before it starts to get dark.
- Hire a professional window cleaner for indoor and outdoor cleaning. Shiny clear windows sparkle even in the winter months.
As wonderful as open concept is, it can be challenging to figure out how to place the furniture. In large, open rooms, it frequently makes sense to establish zones for different activities: TV watching, eating, work area, reading nook, cozy fireplace seating, are some examples. It also ensures that every part of the space is fully utilized.
It goes without saying that a guest room has a good bed with fresh linens. But what other things make your guest really feel at home? Here are some extra touches you may consider:
- Bed side table with reading lamp, clock, water carafe & glass, box of tissues.
- A place to set a suitcase -folding luggage rack or bench
- Chair to sit and have a place for resting clothes at night
- Empty closet with matching hangers, extra pillows, extra blanket, ironing board and iron, and hamper
- Full length mirror
- Empty dresser
- Waste basket
- Door hook for purse & jacket
Last, it should be clutter free- this should not be a space for your excess stuff. Should be a relaxing retreat for your guest.