Our real estate agent recommended staging, while tactfully insulting our furniture. Staging was just done, and the resulting are amazing. It wouldn't be practical for us to live in, but it is a dramatic change.
Our real estate agent recommended staging, while tactfully insulting our furniture.Staging was just done, and the resulting are amazing. It wouldn't be practical for us to live in, but it is a dramatic change. Good for you for listening to your agent. I had one listing that took about 4 months of tactfully arguing with the seller that certain things would have to be done to make the house move quickly. At settlement he apologized for fighting my suggestions and not listening right away. He lost about $25,000 that way in a declining market.IP
Good for you for listening to your agent. And leave your sensitivities in the dustbin. About 5 minutes after the agent who bagged my last sale came into the apartment and looked around we sat down, and her first words? "Move out." Best advice I ever got.PhilRule Your Retirement Home Fool
Yeah, we moved out before our last sale too, and had the agent bring in a stager. We had three or four competing offers the first weekend. It's the difference between a "show" house and a "meh" house. In some cases.
And leave your sensitivities in the dustbin. Not easy, but it helped that the target of the first comment was the kitchen table that I don't like. It was on loan from an in-law, who still believes that it is a "nice" table. It isn't in great shape. One of the chairs tried to hurt me. My husband repaired the chairs enough that they are safe, but I haven't forgiven it.
Between HGTV, to shelter magazines, to Pottery Barn cataloges, shoppers have an expectation of things up for sale being "merchandized" - including homes. Some agents might disagree, but if a seller isn't willing to pay for staging, I think a completely empty home is better than seeing the current owners belongings.
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