Home staging can help you sell for more money:
Even though the real estate market in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Arcadia is super hot, and homes are selling faster than ever, professional home staging can help you sell for more money. One of the homes we staged sold for $140,000 over list. They got 29 offers. They accepted an offer 12 days after listing. It’s rare for a house to get 29 offers and go 17% over asking. While they had a great agent and marketing wizard in Colette Dornblum, home staging played a big part in the success of this sale.
Staging can make a house feel bigger:
Do you know these 18 tips to make a small house feel bigger? I am frequently asked, by homeowners and real estate agents I work with, how to make their home or listing look bigger to appeal to more buyers. As an expert home stager in Pasadena and Los Angeles, one of my primary jobs is to make smaller homes feel more spacious.
Here’s a list of 18 tips for making a small home feel bigger. You can use these tips whether you are staging a home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. These tips will work with for vacant home staging (if you’re bringing in furniture) or occupied home staging (dealing with the client’s existing furniture):
- Pare down the furniture to the essentials. Do you really need a chair in the bedroom? Will the room appear larger with just the bed, the nightstands and maybe a dresser?
- Clutter makes a room feel smaller. Lots of smaller items, like a Hummel collection or bowling trophies displayed on every horizontal surface, eat up visual space. Only display 3-5 items at a time. Store, sell or pre-pack the rest. You’re selling a home, not a collection of “treasures”.
- Use fewer pieces of furniture. Its better to have one larger dresser than 2 smaller ones.
- Use appropriately sized furniture. Having a too big sofa in a small den will call attention to how small the room really is.
- Pull furniture away from the wall. That little bit of breathing room will give a sense of greater space. Create a cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace, with room to move around the back of the furniture.
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How to raise your asking price:
See a Hollywood Hills bungalow was staged prior and listed on March 14. The flipper loved the staging so much, he raised the price $100K and it went pending 7 days later on March 21! It doesn’t get better than that! And this is positive proof that home staging works! The home has an open floor plan with a shared living room and dining room. This home also has an open concept kitchen and family room. Perfect for parties and entertaining. We used beautiful textures that work so well together. I love staging homes for this investors. He always give us a beautiful canvas to work with. See more photo of the house here
Does Home Staging Work? 81% of Realtors Think So
Over 81% of realtors agree that home staging can help the sale of a home. Key findings:
- Among REALTORS® who typically represent the buyer, 49 percent report most buyers are affected by home staging and 47 percent report some buyers areaffected by home staging.
- For buyers it is easier to visualize the property as a future home (81 percent), buyersare more willing to walk through a home they viewed online (46 percent), willpositively impact the value of the home if it is decorated to the buyer tastes (45percent), and buyers are more willing to overlook other property faults (28 percent).
- Among sellers’ agents 34 percent stage all homes, 13 percent stage difficult homesto sell, and four percent stage only high price bracket homes. Forty-four percentsuggest the seller de-clutter and fix property faults only and do not stage the home.
- The median dollar value to stage a home is $675 for each home.
- Among homes that are staged: 62 percent of sellers’ agents offer the home stagingservices to their sellers, 39 percent of sellers pay for the home before the home islisted, 10 percent of sellers pay after the home is sold, and three percent of agents’firms pay for the home staging service.
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