Selling Your House is a Lot Like a Job Interview
When you think back to your first important job interview, you probably got lots of advice. Things like being well groomed, dressing for success, making eye contact, etc. were the sage pointers from those who had been established in a career. You only get one chance to make a good first impression and presenting yourself well is what makes you stand out from the competition.
It’s the same with selling your house.
In order to make a good first impression with buyers, there are some things should do to get your home ready.
Buyers Will See Your Home Online First
In recent years, the Internet has been a game changer. People looking for a home typically view it on line before making an appointment. Visually pleasing pictures draw buyers to see the house in person.
Of course, factors such as location and price are part of the search parameters but if the house doesn’t look appealing, chances are, it will be bypassed.
Attract a Wider Audience
How can you prepare to sell you house in order for it to appeal to a wide range of buyers?
Over the years, many have sought the help of a professional home stager.
It’s difficult to be objective about our own living space. Professional home stagers are trained to see the home through the eyes of a buyer.
As part of your consultation I’ll give you specific suggestions to make your home appear more spacious and appealing to a wide range of buyers.
Home Staging Phase 1
During our consultation, I’ll make suggestions for the first phase of preparing your home for sale. Some of the key areas addressed are things like
- eliminating clutter
- removing excess furniture
- neutralizing paint colors and
- enhancing the curb appeal
Home Staging Phase 2
The next phase has to do with presentation.
Remember the job interview? I can work with things you have in your home and make it better. Often, furniture arrangement, placement of accessories and hanging artwork at the right level will completely change the look of your house.
When there is visual impact in each of the rooms and a pleasing “flow” throughout the house, buyers will form positive impressions and are apt to come back for a second visit.
It’s been said that “less is more” but in the case of vacant homes, empty isn’t ideal.
When the house is empty, buyers have a difficult time envisioning how furniture can work in the space. They can’t gauge the size of the rooms when there isn’t a reference point with furniture.
As a professional home stager, I’m trained in turning a cold-looking empty house into a charming and warm environment with furniture, artwork, area rugs and accessories that completely change the way buyers see the potential of your home.
Financial Benefits of Home Staging
The investment in professional home staging makes financial sense when you consider the price cut you may have to take if your un-staged house lingers too long on the market.
Having your house stand out from the competition is what will get the attention of buyers and most likely lead to a speedy sale at a higher than expected price.
Laura DuPont has been an accredited home staging professional since 2007.
PVHS (Pioneer Valley Home Staging) stages both vacant and owner-occupied homes in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. — READ MORE