Posted 5.11.12 @ 8:39
Every magazine, website and TV show about selling homes talks about the importance of home staging… but do you really need to stage your home? Here we’re going to go over what home staging is and how it can help you sell your Oakville home.
What is Home Staging?
If you have a big empty space, you may have a hard time selling it to prospective buyers. People love mirrors and the last thing they want to see is a big vacant house! Empty homes give buyers pause; they can see small flaws and it’s easier for them to make them bigger than they are when there’s nothing else for them to look at. You’re selling a home, not a house, and that’s where home staging comes in handy.
You’ll take your big empty space and fill it with potential. A professional home stager will help you understand what people are looking for and to help you create the illusion that buyers want. Some will tell you that staging a home will help you sell virtually any home; you’re going to have to put some effort into selling your home! There’s no one stop solution and you’ll always have to put a little work or a little money into it.
Is Home Staging Expensive?
It really depends on who you go with to stage your Oakville real estate. Some will charge you just for the furnishings you rent, others will charge you based on how many people they have to bring in to move it or for how many hours your home stays staged. Staging is usually done the day before and will include different furnishings like:
Beds, tables, chairs, and benches
Window treatments (blinds, curtains and drapes)
Rugs, tapestries, pillows and throws
Paintings, prints, vases and other essentials
Flowers and landscaping
The point of home staging is to give your home a home feel. Your home stager may opt for a more contemporary look for your Oakville real estate, or they may go with something more rustic. Home stagers often have their fingers on the pulse of what buyers are looking for, so it’s best to trust their judgement when it comes to suggestions.
Get Ready for Home Staging
Before your home is staged, you should get it ready. A fresh coat of paint will go a long way towards making people feel more at home. You’ll also want to make sure you clean up and reduce clutter as much as possible. Not everyone has a completely empty house when they’re ready to show it, but having clear spaces will go a long way towards making a home feel more spacious.
Getting your home ready before you sell it is important; staging can go a long way towards making your home interesting to buyers but you’ll still need to make sure it’s clean and fresh too! Remember, buyers don’t want empty houses. They want homes with potential that they can see themselves in.