Home Staging Consultations – Friend or Foe?

Why is it that most of us feel the need to apologize for the condition of our home? Our homes are meant to be lived in – it’s ok. However, living in your home is MUCH different than selling your home. Are home staging consultations meant to scare you or help you? They are most definitely there to help you maximize your home’s return on investment.

Home staging consultations are a two hour visit that allows you to see your home through the eyes of the buyer. The goal of our consultation visit is to provide you with recommendations that are all geared towards maximizing your return on investment for selling your home. It is also target marketing. We want your house to visually look good online so that it will attract buyers to come visit. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that 44% of buyers start their home search online and 98% of buyers frequently use the web to search for homes. In this internet age, real estate agents are suggesting home staging as a strategy to “wow” virtual viewers from the very first picture.

Our consultations provide you with an exhaustive list that covers each room of the home. No matter how overwhelming it may seem, we break it down into bits and pieces to provide you with a priority list. Ultimately, it’s your money and your budget and you may not be able to do all of our suggestions. Having a priority list will let you know where you will get the most return if updates are made. Our two hour consultations come with a detailed report before our departure and cover areas such as:

  • curb appeal
  • specific de-cluttering advice
  • furniture placement
  • accessorizing using existing furnishings
  • recommendations and/or options for furniture, artwork or accessories needed, but not present in the home
  • deferred maintenance issues
  • specific paint color recommendations as needed
  • updating and/or upgrading suggestions such as countertops, cabinets, lighting, carpet, etc.
  • specific lighting suggestions complete with links to local shopping venues

So the next question is, what do you need to do before we come for a consultation? Absolutely nothing! Take a look at Leigh’s video to hear her explain.

Are you a real estate agent or homeowner selling a home that needs a little TLC? You don’t need to spend a lot of money to achieve an upscale look. Let us help you select on-trend, cost effective options, geared towards maximizing your return on investment. Take a look at some of our work and give us a call or schedule an appointment online for a home consultation. We would be happy to partner with you and shine a spotlight on your home.