You may be wondering what the difference is between home staging and decorating. Trust me you are not alone! Home staging means to prepare a home for sale and strategically emphasize the best features of the home in order to make it a quick and profitable sale. Decorating refers to the act of working with a homeowner to personalize a design for their space.
In additional to accentuating the best features of the home, stagers use concepts that visually create square footage and implement strategies that will appeal to a number of potential home buyers.
Interior designers ensure that a homeowner’s personal aesthetic is incorporated with the functionality that they need for daily life. This would include customizing furniture, paint, and flooring to a homeowner’s personal style.
At Nesst Companies, our professional home stagers are always available to help depersonalize your space, get it looking its best, and get it ready to sell.
So you are thinking about selling your house in the near future. Great! If you don’t believe in staging your home for this adventure, think again. Check out these top five reasons you may want to consider using a home stager.
MLS Photos Are Your Gateway to a Sale
Potential buyers will use online photos of your home to determine whether or not to view your home in person. Hiring a professional stager ensures that the rooms are at their best before photos are taken.
Think Like a Buyer
Some sellers can’t view their home objectively or put themselves in the buyer’s shoes. Having a professional who knows what works, what doesn’t, and what most buyers look for in homes can increase the traffic through your home and position it to sell faster.
Consider Staging an Investment
The average cost of staging a home is less than 1% of a home’s asking price, but it can generate 8-10% in returns.
Doing Nothing Helps the Competition
With a growing number of homes on the market, the competition is increasing. Make sure you do everything in your power to make your home stand out.
Sell Your Home Faster. Avoid Unnecessary Days on the Market.
The longer your home sits on the market, the lower its listed price will drop. Stage your home to help buyers see its full potential faster and envision themselves living in the space.
When showing your home off to friends or having an open house, remember that smells can make or break an experience for your guests. Bad smells will make people run for the hills! Have you ever smelled rotten eggs in your home and thought, “Huh? Funny. I don’t remember making eggs?” Four words of advice. Check your garbage disposal. Many times people forget to run water through their garbage disposal every week or rarely clean it out. The muck and grime can start to waft something overwhelming if not attended to.
Here are three quick and easy ways to prevent or eliminate the funk. First throw a bunch of whole ice cubes down the disposal and run it. As the ice breaks down it will chip away at the buildup. For those of you who like science experiments, tip two is right up your alley! Second pour baking soda down the disposal. Don’t be frugal. Then carefully pour vinegar down the disposal as your turn the disposal on. Watch as the two chemicals cause a cool volcano-like eruption. This will remove the loose debris and deodorize your sink. Third run water and turn on the disposal to rinse out leftover chemicals. Repeat this every few weeks to keep our home smelling fresh.
If this is your first time smelling the rotten eggs and you’ve always been good at cleaning out your disposal, you could have a gas leak in the house. In this case, evacuate your home to a safe distance and call the gas company immediately. Yes, gas smells like rotten eggs now to make homeowners aware that there could be a problem. Better to be safe than sorry. Best case scenario, the gas company comes to find zero leaks and a dirty garbage disposal.
It is crazy to think this “official” journey into real estate and design started just a few short months ago. Six months ago to be exact. In actuality, the first leg of the journey began in 2009 when I bought my first home. The freedom to design, paint, plan, and update this house (which was a real fixer upper) elicited a new found passion for making a space truly something that I was proud of. It is so exciting that I am able to share this passion to provide you, my friends and family, a service to help you get the same feeling of accomplishment, comfort, happiness, and pride from your home.
You are cordially invited to jump on the blogging bandwagon with me as we explore all things design, real estate, and home trends. Please don’t be shy to send requests for blog post topics! Also I would LOVE to highlight some of our local business talent in southeast Minnesota as it relates to home design and real estate. A little inspiration (and shameless plugs for local business) is always appreciated!
Just remember… whether you are looking to sell or dwell, make you home a Nesst.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton