If you are getting ready to put your home on the market to sell, don’t overlook the value of a home stager in conjunction with the real estate agent. The two have expertise in two very different areas.
The home stager has an eye for design, but should not be viewed as your interior designer. They will come in to make sure that you are using your furnishing to the best use for placement purposes within your home. One of the things a home stager will do is work to set your house up well for the home photographer, which ultimately means the marketing you will have on the Internet. Over 90% of buyers, find their homes online. Which means that if your house photographs poorly, your home will not get the showings you need to get a top dollar sale out of it.
The real estate agent is the one who will be in charge of all the paperwork, negotiations and promoting the marketing of your house once it goes on the market. Together, you will have a solid Cornelius homes team of professionals to help you promote your house for sale allowing you to be on the market for the shortest amount of days possible, while getting top dollar for your home. Other service providers you will need along the way may include repairmen, painters, landscapers, and some of your own elbow grease to put a shine on things.
The home stager and photographer are key to getting your house ready to show your home off on the Internet. Your realtor should have two professionals that they rely on for expertise in these areas. The trick to getting everything right is to start your work early. This means that you will have to call your realtor, and have them get their stager over to your house to give you a breakdown on the items you need to take care of before it comes time for the photographer to come over and take pictures of your house.
The most time consuming element of staging your house, may come in the initial piece when it is time to de-clutter and eliminate all those items you won’t be moving with you. This should be done in a room by room fashion, as taking on the whole house at once is just too overwhelming. Once you have completed one room, it may put a fire under your belly to complete the rest in a speedier fashion. Use a notepad to write down the items that should be thrown, boxed for moving or storage, and those that need to be given away or sold. There is no need to move and unpack junk.
The de-cluttering stage will open up a lot of space in your house. That’s one of the things the stager will want you to do up front. Secondly, they may have requested that you neutralize some of the paint colors in the house, or that you remove wall paper. These items take time and money, and should be done by a professional if you don’t know what you are doing with a paint brush. If your floors need new carpet, or a good shining up, this will be on the check list as well. Some carpet companies will work with you to put you on a payment plan, and then at closing, you have a check made out to them from your proceeds. Carpet and paint are two big visual obstacles that even the best photographer in the world can’t overcome.
As mentioned early on in this article, hire your real estate agent first. They will guide you through the pricing process, as well as how each piece of the puzzle works when you are selling a house. Buying and selling real estate each come with their own set of rules, and a good realtor knows all the rules of the game. Work as a team with your realtor before going on the market and you win.