Super Bowl Weekend traditionally marks the start of the Spring Buying Season in real estate. Anecdotally, real estate agents will tell you that buyer activity tends to tick higher at this time of the year.
Meanwhile, with mortgage rates still trolling near all-time lows and Congress debating a first-time homebuyer tax credit, 2009 may bring out even more buyers than we’ve seen in the past.
Just having your home on the market may not be enough to attract an offer, though — the home has to have appeal. That brings us to home staging — the process by which a homeowner re-organizes and re-presents his home to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.
Home staging is part-science, part-art, and part-psychology. Homebuyers tend to judge homes within the first 8 seconds of seeing them so making a quality first impression can mean the difference between getting multiple bids, and just getting a lot of foot traffic.
The 4-minute video gives some quick-and-easy tips, including:
- Create more light in the home
- Clean up the closets and thin them out
- Remove the clutter from every room in the house
Even though home inventories are falling, supplies are still higher than in previous years. Home sellers wanting to stand out in a crowd may want to consider staging their homes to help them sell more quickly.
Staged homes sell for as much as 17% more money and as much as 40% faster than non-staged ones.
Home staging is the art/science of preparing a residence for sale. It includes combines elements of lighting and color, use of space, and emotional triggers to help make a home appear “more desirable” to a potential buyer.
In this 5-minute video from the NBC Today Show, real estate expert Barbara Corcoran shows how to stage within a budget, and how to do it quickly.
In less than 48 hours, Corcoran and her crew convert a “stale” listing that’s been listed for 6-plus months, turning it into a home with curb appeal and good looks. And they do it for less than $700.
Home staging can be do-it-yourself endeavor, but hiring a professional usually helps squeeze extra dollars from a sale price. If you’d like a referral to a trusted home staging professional, reach out to me by phone or by email.