Gibson Real Estate, Northwest Arkansas
Let's face it. How we really live in a house and how we present a house for sale are, for most people, completely different. And the term staging can differ from home to home. Some homes may need just a good deep clean/declutter and regular maintenance for a "quick fix" prior to a scheduled showing, while others will show best with a change in furniture and accessory placement.
You may like to sit in a recliner looking out at your view. However, if that recliner is in what should be your dining room (true story) and you are determined to sell your home then yes, you should expect to move that chair for the duration of the listing period. Think of it this way - if you are hiring a REALTOR to sell you home, and sell it as quickly as possible, then you are basically hiring a them to make sure you never sit in that chair looking out at that particular view again right? So, let's go ahead and make that "move" now! It really will help with the function, flow and feelings buyers subconsciously use when making decisions.
Whether using a client's existing furniture, supplementing with accessories for a cohesive look, or filling a vacant listing with my "magic furniture", there are many ways to prep a house for a great first impression and quick sell.
Ready to start? Begin tackling this listing prep checklist (download PDF below) and contact me for professional real estate opinions and advise (particularly before investing in repairs or expensive updates).
If you are short on time, it's especially important to remember to prioritize this list. Cleaning, packing up & de-cluttering should be your top priority. You want to make your home look as new as possible if you want to get the most out of your sale, in the least amount of time.