“Home staging” is not a new term, but for many homeowners and real estate agents the concept of “professional home staging” is shedding new light on how to promote a home in the real estate marketplace. In past years, homeowners were left to their own discretion as far as preparing for home showings. Though they could occasionally rely on an agent for instructions, more often than not real estate agents were just as perplexed at working out the details as the homeowner.
While agents are experts in the field of selling and closing, many are not design savvy. Agents usually know exactly what factors can help sell a home. It’s just not always easy to get a home into selling condition in a timely manner without some sort of experienced assistance.
Professional home stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for resale. They work with the “flow” of a home, eliminate clutter, edit and arrange furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb-appeal. With the aid of a professional home stager, your house can make a notable first impression on potential homebuyers.
As the real estate industry often stresses, the first impression is the key factor in selling your home. Typically, a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door. They were already forming an opinion as they pulled into your driveway! That really doesn’t leave too much room for fault. To achieve the greatest possible outcome, a home should always be presented at its best the first time around.
Finding a Professional
The Slocum Group is proud to offer professional home staging for all listings. We believe in this process so much we’ve decided to “put our money where our mouth is” and provide professional home staging at no cost to the seller. Becky Blizzard of First Impressions Home Staging has been staging home in the Greenville market for over 10 years. Her attention to detail and understanding nature provides a foundation for success when staging your home for the open market.
What Staging May Invlove
Throughout our years of staging home, each home provides a different canvas and different challenges. Some may simply need to de-personalize, de-clutter and rearrange some furniture, others may need new carpet and the interior completely repainted in order to begin to show like a staged home. Some homes need to remove furniture, others need to bring in furniture. Each home is address independently and there is no simple formula for every home. A professional stager will take a home, room by room and address each possible change to make that room shine. Staging can be based on a time frame and budget. Every seller cannot afford to redecorate and repaint their home, and we understand this. Your agent, along with Becky, will work with you on the most important items that need to be altered and attempt to suggest ways of getting the most for your specific budget. The more a seller is willing to complete all the items we identify, the greater chance of their home selling at the highest price.
Contact The Slocum Group to discuss our listing process and services.
Some examples of staged and un-staged homes;