SOLD IN SECONDS: HOW HOME STAGING WILL SELL YOUR HOUSE FAST
Selling your home is not easy.
Once you have chosen a realtor, made repairs, finished the cleaning, and taken the photos, the countdown begins. The seemingly endless showings, open houses, and last minute phone calls make selling stressful and frustrating.
The only way to put an end to hassle is to make a quick sale.
But how can you improve your chances of a quick sale no matter where you live?
Research shows sellers that use a staging consultant sell their homes quickly, at or even above asking price. Our staging plan maintains a 98% success rate of houses being under contract within 30 days! Read on to the find how you can sell your Louisville home in a flash simply by hiring a professional certified stager.
Does Home Staging Really Work?
Have you ever walked into a model home that is completely empty?
Of course not!
Model houses are staged to perfection because developers are trying to sell a beautiful house to potential buyers. Home staging follows the same concept for current homeowners trying to sell their house. Using furniture, lighting, art, and accessories to brighten up your space is a marketing tool that has proven results.
Hiring a home staging consultant is a marketing tool that is offered completely separate from your realtor. It is not about organizing, it’s about setting the stage for the perfect sale. Professional certified stagers use your house’s layout, history, and features combined with an expert knowledge of interior design to make your house the most coveted property on the market.
According to the Real Estate Staging Association, staged properties make a big impact on the market. A professionally staged house will spend 90 percent less time on the market and will typically sell for more money than the competition.
Staging Makes Your House A “Must See” Property That Sells Fast!
Staging is more than just hiding the dirty laundry and taking out the trash. It is all about marketing, merchandising, and design. From the very beginning, a staged house will make a big impact on the market with beautiful photos and swoon-worthy features that will get you more showings in less time. If a house is clean, beautiful, and free from clutter, it stimulates confidence in Louisville area buyers and shows that you are offering a turn-key ready home.
A 2015 study by the National Association of Realtors said that more than 80 percent of home buyers find it easier to visualize the property as their future home when it’s staged.
Here at Reflections of You, by Amy, we specialize in both Vacant and Occupied Home Staging.
Vacant House Staging
Some people think that an empty house sells better because it allows potential buyers to see the space more clearly, but research shows that vacant houses take twice as long to sell. Most people have trouble visualizing a space’s potential. Vacant house staging adds furniture to empty rooms to give the buyers a vision and in turn, actually makes the space look bigger.
Occupied Home Staging
Occupied home staging benefits both buyers and sellers by eliminating the personal style of the seller and creating a space that is appealing to most buyers. The majority of Louisville area home buyers can’t easily look past what’s in front of them to appreciate a room’s potential, staging helps eliminate the distractions.
Staging Makes Your Home A House
Once you decide to move, it is no longer your home, it is a house on display. From the moment you put a sign in your yard, it’s time to remove the emotional ties and think of your home as a commodity.
The 2015 National Association of Realtors survey of 2,300 realtors revealed that a staged house increases the dollar value for 10 to 20 percent more. On a $300K house, that’s a price increase of $30K to $60K.
On average, home staging services can cost between $2000 and $4000, that’s a profit of nearly ten times.
Think of it this way:
The cost of hiring a staging consultant will always be less than the cost of your first price reduction on your asking price when your house stays on the market longer than anticipated.
Showcase Your Home’s Best Assets
You probably already know what your home’s assets are.
A large kitchen, hardwood floors, big windows, amazing views, etc.
Home stagers work similar to an interior designer, but instead of creating a home catered to your taste, they combine their design knowledge with simple real estate tricks to emphasize these assets for the buyer and make your house appealing to others.
Turn Key Listings
Local Realtors and home sellers love us because not only can we help them stage the house they’re selling, but we can turn their house into Turn-Key Listings. What does this mean?
We have relationships with local businesses and contractors to make any repairs and/or remodeling needed so the house is “move-in” ready. Buyers will jump at the opportunity to buy your house when all they have to do is walk through the door and they are ready to live in their new home.
No need to call around getting endless quotes on replacing the carpet, or running to the paint store to refresh the walls. Turn key listings are exactly what the name says, you turn the key, and you are home!
When To Hire A Professional Certified Home Stager?
The best time to hire a professional house stager is prior to listing, rather than waiting until after your house has lagged on the market.
Most sales are made based off of photos in an online listing. If you attempt to sell your Louisville area home as is, and it lags on the market for several weeks, you’ve wasted time and money with a listing that is ineffective.
Get it right the first time by making sure the photos of your house put your listing at the top of every buyer’s “must see” list.
What you can expect when working with Reflections of You, by Amy
Home staging services with Reflection of You starts with an initial in-home consultation of your space when the certified staging consultant will determine what to keep, what to change, and what items need to be removed from the house.
The consultant will also discuss timing, availability, estimates, and options. After an initial consult is conducted, Reflections of You, by Amy will provide you with a detailed plan you can use to complete the work yourself, or we can manage the entire staging process.
We may suggest certain DIY projects you may do yourself such as painting or other improvement projects to enhance the image of your house.
Staging = Sold!
You can choose whether to stage the entire house, or only certain areas. According to the National Association of Realtors the living room is the most important area to stage followed by the kitchen, master bedroom, dining room, bathrooms, children’s rooms, and guest bedrooms (in that order).
Before We Arrive:
Once you have decided what areas to stage and when, it’s time to clean out the space. Most sellers will rent a storage space to store their own personal belongings while their house is being staged.
Before the consultant arrives, finish any typical homeowner tasks such as replacing light bulbs, fixing anything broken, and making sure the house is in top working order. The homeowners are responsible for deep cleaning the home and decluttering as much as possible before the stagers arrive, or you can hire a professional cleaner.
If possible, make other arrangements for pets while your house is being sold. If the stager’s furnishings are damaged due to pets, you may be held liable for an additional cost.
Let Us Help You Sell It In Seconds!
Selling a home should be completely void of emotion, but buying a home is about falling in love. Purchase decisions are driven by how a buyer feels about the home.
When the buyer walks into a space that makes them feel something, the economy, market, or statistics don’t matter. By removing personal clutter and enhancing the home’s natural features, it makes people feel happy, relaxed, and excited about the potential of the home.
In effect, it “sets the stage” for the perfect real estate romance that leads to a quick sale leaving both Louisville, KY buyers and sellers happy and satisfied.