According to the Real Estate Staging Association, properties that have been staged spend 73 percent less time on the market. Additionally, staging a home correctly can result in six to 20 percent more on a sale.
What exactly does it mean to stage home?
"It's de-cluttering, neutralizing colors, and showcasing highlights of the home such as hardwood floors," Roberta Whitley Gomez, owner of Whitley Realty in New Milford, N.J., told the news source LoHud.
If you're in the process of building a home for resale or are currently at the selling phase, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when staging the property:
- Get the help of an expert eye: The difference between staging and decorating a home is based on personality. When you're decorating a home for yourself, you're evidently going to want to use your favorite colors, patterns and belongings. Yet, it's important to look at your space as an outsider when putting it on the market. This is why it's best to ask for help from a professional stager or at least a friend with an eye for color.
- Make the home seem livable: Although it's important to clear out the clutter inside of a space before showing it, you don't want to make a room appear too stiff. For this reason, expert real estate agents suggest adding a few "warm" touches, which could include putting a book on the nightstand or magazine on the coffee table.
- Show off amenities: In addition to polishing the look of a space before holding a showing, it's also essential to highlight the top-quality amenities this property boasts, including radiant floor heating.
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