Sometimes as a Home Stager, I’m there to tell Sellers the ‘bad’ news about what buyers might think/see when viewing their home. It’s far better to address the “elephant in the room” before the photos are taken, and make sure that your home is 100% “showing ready”.
It’s so important that Sellers understand that I’m there to help them sell their house. I am not criticizing their lifestyle or their decorating. We all live in our homes differently than the way we need to present them when they are being marketed to sell.
Sometimes the “Elephant” to discuss is collections….though dear and cherished, a good rule of thumb is to remove anything that could actually scare Buyers. Like say, maybe a million dolls. This room is creepy….creepy is bad for home selling.
Or a taxidermy obsession….that could be disturbing. To most people.
Like, Normal type People.
So I’d probably make recommendations about storing some of the creepy, just while the house was on the market. I would say it so much nicer than that though.
A Home Stager is there to help Sellers make as much as possible on the sale of their home. Most buyers are willing to pay a premium for a home that does not need any/much work. They want a move-in ready home because they have busy lifestyles. They want their spaces to be light and bright and they don’t want to have to think about re-decorating immediately to make it work with their things.
In another instance, the “Elephant” might be wood panelling or a lot of dated wallpaper…. maybe like this bit of retro magic.
I would ask the Seller – Do you think it would be too much work or expense to :
Paint this panelling or cabinetry?
Remove this wallpaper?
Update this <dusty rose/hunter green/ teal blue> carpet?
And so will your buyers.
And they will knock far more off an offer price (if they do offer) than the actual cost of doing the work.
In both these homes, the Sellers were willing to paint the dated yellow oak kitchen cabinets – and in both instances, they did it themselves, making the total cost about $200. Minimal – but the impact to the way these kitchens presented was huge.
So what’s the moral of this story, Kids?
1. When your home is for sale, it’s a commodity – and it needs to appeal to the majority of viewers to sell quickly….. You just can’t wave your freak flag there for awhile.
2.. Sellers need to bite the bullet on the necessary updates or repairs.
3. I’m creeped out by dolls and taxidermy.
If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, contact me to help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.