Overland Park Home Staging

Home Staging – What Stays and What Goes

When it comes to home staging, knowing what stays and what goes is the biggest dilemma for most home sellers. That’s where a great home stager comes into play.

The purpose of home staging is to draw the buyers into your home emotionally so they say, “wow, we want to live here.” Each room of your home must play up to your buyer’s visual senses and expectations. You are selling your space – not how much furniture and stuff you can cram into a room. Keep in mind, all buyers want “the model home look” so that’s always my goal with every house I stage.

What stays and what goes?

When it comes to an unused room, it’s better to have it empty than filled with distractions. Each room of the house should be used as intended or vacant. One random chair in the corner of a room is not home staging.

Closets filled with items other than clothes sends the message there isn’t enough storage in the house. Home buyers need to see how much space is there for their clothes not your lifelong collection of extra blankets and suitcases. Remember, it’s not about you, it’s about them.

Buyers must be able to see themselves living in the house. Don’t have them questioning why it looks the way it does. For example, if you use your finished basement as a catch all, home buyers will wonder what is wrong with the space. If it’s meant to be extra living space – either set it up that way and make it look like it’s a fun place to hang out or move all the extra stuff out. It’s not meant to be a dumping ground.

An extra bedroom might be that to you, but to a buyer it might be a child’s bedroom. Don’t fill it with all of the furniture you couldn’t fit elsewhere. That’s sending the wrong message.what stays and what goes

Whether or not to bring furniture in depends on the house. But it must be the right furniture that shows off the lifestyle of the house – not extra stuff that nobody else wants and is willing to give you. As a Realtor first and home stager second, my preference is to stage from the front door. It’s my 10 second rule – within 10 seconds of opening the front door the buyers will either fall in love with your house or they will move on. That may mean staging the living room, dining room and kitchen. The upstairs could be vacant or maybe the master bedroom could be staged.

Each house is unique and has features to play up and down play. That’s the magic of a good home stager. As a Realtor I know your target market. As a home stager, I have inventory I can use to create your best, emotional model home look.

It’s a known fact that younger buyers don’t want to buy a house filled with older, outdated furniture. If it reminds them of their grandma’s house they will never buy it. If that’s the case, you need to consider your best option – which might be moving some things out and some fresher things in. It’s the Goldilocks Effect. Remember, it’s about their emotional attachment and your money.

Bottom line

My ideal client tells me to “work my magic” and sell their house. That’s when things really pay off and I create that emotional look that every buyer wants and is willing to fight over to get. Even in a hot market, the better your home looks, the more emotional the buyers get and the more money you end up with in your pocket. Great home staging and knowing what stays and what goes pays off big time in any market!

If you care about your money and want me to “work my magic” for you, call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

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