By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com
Many years ago, I coined the saying “The investment IN staging your home will always be less than a price reduction ON your home!” And that statement is as true today as it was all the way back in 1973, when I developed the concept of staging.
The math is pretty simple. Imagine a $300,000 home that’s been on the market for six months without selling. The seller is becoming more and more frustrated and considers a price decrease of 5 percent. That’s $15,000. Now imagine investing only a fraction of that sum in staging and selling the home much faster.
That’s what staging will do, and the numbers are in to prove it – time and time again.
Recent statistics gathered by Stagedhomes.com shows that 94 percent of homes staged by an Accredited Staging Professional sold in 29 days or less, compared to an average of 145 days for homes that were not staged. What’s more, homes staged by Accredited Staging Professionals stay on the market 83 percent less than a home that has not been staged. Continue reading »
By Sharon Brown, Homescapes by Design
Don’t forget lighting updates when planning to sell. From front door lighting to bathroom fixtures and everything in between, updating lighting is an important item on a home owner’s checklist when planning to sell a home.
Brushed or satin nickel finishes on lighting fixtures make a subtle impact when a prospect first sees MLS pictures and decides what homes to actually spend the time visiting.
Don’t be left off this list. Get rid of your old brass fixtures. What was once popular is now so out-of-date that it may make prospects focus on what else is out-of-date in the home.
Lighting changes the exterior feel of home as well as the interior ambiance. Continue reading »