The process of listing homes for sale in Colorado Springs these days can be a stressful one, especially after the horror stories you’ve heard about the housing market in the most recent years. The good thing is that there are ways to improve your chances of selling fast, and at the right price.
You may think that your home is filled with beautiful furniture arranged in the perfect way to suit your house’s personality, but in reality that may just be your preference. You arranged that furniture the way you wanted to, but there’s a chance it may not work for others. That is where staging your home comes into play.
If you’re unfamiliar with the process, staging your home involves either placing furniture in it or rearranging existing furniture in order to give the home a welcoming feel, one that grabs the buyer’s attention and makes them feel comfortable. Many people make the mistake of thinking that the cost of staging isn’t worth it in the end, but the truth is that by sprucing up your house, the possibility of it selling, and selling for more money at that, increases immensely.
We’ve seen staging become more and more popular since the market took a hit in 2008, and not to be confused with conventional decorating, it has been a huge help for sellers.
Here’s how you can utilize the art of staging when you’re trying to sell your home:
Give your home a chance to speak for itself
As we mentioned before, the way you decorated your home spoke to you as an individual, but the key when you’re trying to sell is for it to speak to a universal crowd. You want to be able to show off its best assets, angles and curves, and don’t be upset if the stagers come in and completely rearrange or move out what you worked so hard on to put together. You want the home to sell itself, let it speak to the buyers, show them how they can see themselves live there and before you know it you’ll have buyers lined up competing for the same price, and in the end you might get more than you asked for.
Unless you have a background in interior design, avoid doing the staging on your own. Yes, this may seem like the less expensive option, but it may not pay off. Professional stagers know how to transform any home into one that attracts the most buyers. They won’t target a small niche of people, instead they’ll design it to be a home that fits under many criteria, while looking universally beautiful. You may not realize the clutter that others do because you’re comfortable in it and used to it. After all, not many people can truly visualize themselves in a home if the features aren’t accented with furniture and arrangements they enjoy.
The benefits outweigh the costs
Depending on the size of your home, and the furniture you’re willing to stage it with, the cost of doing so can be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. A study done by the National Association of Realtors shows that staged homes sell 80% quicker, and for up to 11% more money than homes that are trying to sell without staging. As the seller you can easily spend $1,000 staging your home and get a return value that is substantially more than that.
Don’t be afraid to stage your home, don’t let the cost scare you from reaping the rewards once you sell. If you’ve been stuck on the market for a while now, try staging it for the next open house before you attempt to lower your asking price. It can make an enormous difference that you won’t regret paying for once your house is sold.
If you have any questions regarding the selling or renting process of Colorado Springs real estate , please feel free to contact Merit Co today and one of our many helpful professionals would love to assist you.