Today’s blog is courtesy of a guest blogger, a dynamic lady who has a depth of knowledge in the business of real estate sales, interior design and staging — Ms. Kim Hiltbrand, owner of Design Resolution in Longwood, Florida. Kim’s expertise has been of extreme value to home sellers and I encourage you to contact her or I for additional information. Please read on…
As the market becomes more challenging, it is more important than ever to make your home listing stand out from the others. Home staging is a great tool that presents properties in their best light. Statistics show that staged homes sell faster and have fewer price negotiations than homes that aren’t staged. Professional stagers view the property through buyers’ eyes to determine which features should be highlighted and which areas need to be minimized.
All staging professionals should consult with the listing agent prior to visiting the homeowner to determine the realtors’ concerns and to incorporate them into the staging process. After viewing the home, a detailed report should be prepared outlining tasks and improvements for each specific area. This gives the homeowner the opportunity to perform some or all of the work themselves.
Because each home is unique, costs for staging vary. If furnishings are necessary, the terms are usually in one month increments with pick up and delivery included in the price. Many times, staging can be done using items the homeowner already owns, which can also reduce the cost. Whatever the cost, it is a given, home staging is cheaper than your first price reduction if the house doesn’t sell.
Buyers have come to expect more than ever before when looking for a home. Make your listings stand out from all the others by using a professional home stager. —Kim Hiltbrand
Given what we have seen in the current market, there is huge value in what she says. If a homebuyer is truly serious about selling, implementing the suggestions that a stager makes can literally make a huge difference regarding how long your home is on the market and how high of a price you can garner. Just take a look at the before and after pictures to get a better idea! For more information or to speak to Kim or I, please call me at 407-482-8225 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.