Your home is your castle. You love it, but sometimes selling is necessary and/or the right thing to do for a myriad of reasons such as needing a bigger home, downsizing, relocation and/or taking advantage of the current market prices.
While your home may be very special to you, when selling, it’s important to realize it’s not a home to a buyer. It’s a house. If they buy, it will become a home, but while they look for a house to buy, your home is a house to them.
This is an important distinction. Yes, prospective buyers can become emotionally attached when viewing your home; in fact, this is what you want to happen. Once a prospective buyer becomes emotional about your home, the sale is as good as done.
As a seller, it’s your job to foster the emotional response. While you can’t force it, you can nudge it.
One of the best ways to nudge it is by investing a little time and money in staging your home.
The interesting fact is, as set out in the infographic below by www.Homestratosphere.com is that the average home staging cost is only $675 which is a pittance given the amount of money you’ll ask to sell your home.
You can do a great deal to improve your home and help foster an emotional response with prospective buyers by taking a few days to make your home more presentable, which is what staging is all about.
Yeah, it would be great if you could sell a messy and cluttered home in 48 hours, but that’s not going to happen. That’s the exception rather than the rule.
As the seller, you need present your home in the best light while not spending so much money it actually hurts your potential profit. It’s a fine balance, but surely investing a few days and a few hundred dollars into staging your home will pay off with a faster sale and potentially net you a higher price.
Below is a fantastic infographic setting out some interesting home staging data along with the top 10 staging tips that can make a big impact for little investment.