Don’t skimp on staging

You’ve lived in your house for years, maybe even decades. You’ve loved it, you've maintained it, upgraded where you saw fit and now it’s time to sell. Lucky for you, it’s a seller’s market, and there’s a very real chance that you’ll get more for your house than you may have ever hoped.

Many people who have been thinking about selling are understandably excited about current market conditions. However, we’ve seen a few sellers who are a little too confident that their home will get a high price. The market being what it is, they think they can just put a sign in their yard and the rest will take care of itself.

Because of this, we thought it was an appropriate time to remind people of the importance of appropriately staging your home.

Why stage?

That infamous "gut feeling" goes a long way toward a buyer deciding to make an offer on your home. For that reason, you want your home to feel inviting, a place where a diverse range of people would like to move in and make it their own.

The home should be both tasteful and somewhat generic. If it’s too unique (purple walls and unicorn lampposts) it will deter buyers, but if it looks too generic, it will have the cold feeling of a hotel room.

As you can see, there’s an art to properly staging a home.

Your tastes aren’t everybody’s tastes  

You know the saying, “only a mother could love …”? That can apply to homes as well.

People who have lived in a home for a long while tend to be blind to certain defects or eyesores that may make buyers cringe. Homeowners may think that their taste in decor is universal. This is all fine and good, until you go to sell. If you ignore the advice of your Realtor®, you could see your house sit on the market for months.

A better option is to look into having your home staged by a professional.   

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There’s no reason why you can’t try to stage your home by yourself, but there is a big difference when you use a professional. Depending on who you talk to, properly staging your home can bring in anywhere from 6 to 20 percent more than not staging a home and could help you sell in as little as one month.

Of course, the data varies for different parts of the country and what kind of house you're selling, but what can be said with confidence is that staging your home will help you sell faster and for more, even when the market is hot.

To learn more about the best tactics for selling your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the industry and can tell you everything you need to know about the Cedar Rapids housing market.

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