When a real estate agent is asked to put your home on the market, that agent first makes an on site evaluation of the property. The home may be in near perfect shape, perhaps needing a touch of paint or minor updates. Or, your property might need a bit more TLC to make it marketable. More and more real estate agents are turning to professional home stagers to help put a property's best foot forward. Below you'll find information on how home staging can affect sales and three scenarios where agents may get them involved.
Real Estate Agents and Home Staging
Your real estate agent's task is to list and sell your property for the best price offered. A home stager works with the agent to get that home ready for market. This is known as home staging. According to the National Association of Realtors, only four percent of agents participating in the 2015 Profile of Home Staging survey thought that home staging had no effect on price or sale rate. Almost half, 49 percent, thought that home staging usually did increase buyer interest, while the remaining 47 percent believed the process was effective only some of the time.
Three Scenarios Where Home Staging Comes in Handy
Home staging is the art of furnishing a space that feels warm and welcoming. Your home may already give out those vibes. If any of the following scenarios exist, expect your real estate agent to suggest using a home stager.
You're Living in an Art Gallery
You love living in your home, surrounded by art objects on the walls and on every available open shelf. That's fine, until you decide to sell. Your real estate agent will ask that you pare down your collection and put the excess in storage. A home stager can advise you on just the right amount of art to display in your rooms.
You Have Far Too Much Furniture
The same goes with too much furniture. You want the rooms to have as much open space as possible. It may be a matter of taking pieces out and storing them, while arranging the rest to better use the space. In some cases, if the furnishings are worn or not very flattering, a home stager may rent out furnishings and completely redo the room before the home is shown. You, the real estate agent and the home stager can discuss which solution works best.
Your Rooms Are Painted in Bright, Bold Colors
Your walls may be covered with brilliant reds and eye-popping yellows and greens. Those colors are great for displaying your personality, but not when trying to sell your home. At first glance, your real estate agent is likely to suggest that switching to a more neutral color scheme would be wise. Enter the home stager, who helps you coordinate the wall and trim shades that work best for sales. Whether you do the work, or the home stager takes over, is up to you and the agent.