Staging your home: TIPS!

With these tips, your house will feel like home to those buyers in no time!

Maybe you’re thinking of selling your home, and maybe you’ve heard of “staging” your home and you’ve probably wondered if it’s really necessary.

It is necessary! Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home, and for some people a blank space or a space with all of your things makes it very hard to do just that. But, don’t just take our word for it…

A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
  • 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
  • 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket

Put into action these few tips that will help those potential buyers start falling in love with your home!

Budget accordingly

Ask your agent if they can help with staging or know someone who can. This could affect the price of what it might cost you stage the home. Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.

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Staging the living area can help potential buyers vision how to fill the space.                             Pictured: 529 Court St. Lewisburg, WV

Declutter!

It’s probably a given, but really– no one wants to walk into a messy home. So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations. Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out those closets! (Consider renting a storage unit if needed)

Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either,

Focus on the Rooms that Count the most!

Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the Living Room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.

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Pictured: 225 Tommy Ln. Lewisburg, WV

Stage your yard too!

Your house has to look its best — inside and outside. After all, buyers form their first impression when they pull up in front of your home. It’s no surprise, then, that curb appeal — how your home looks from the exterior — can increase your home’s sales value up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found.

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Clean flower beds, well trimmed shrubs will make a difference in a buyer’s eyes!                Pictured: 597 Dwyer Ln. Lewisburg, WV

Professional landscaping, however, can cost a lot. If budget is a concern, start with these DIY improvements:

  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery. Even if it’s winter, you can add colorful winter blooms and seasonal touches such as garland or lights.
  • Mow the grass.
  • Reseed bare patches of lawn and add fresh sod, as needed.

Then move on to these easy upgrades to your home’s exterior:

  • Wash the front windows.
  • Power wash siding and walkways.
  • Repaint or stain porches and stairs, as needed.
  • Make sure house numbers are easy to see, visible, and pretty.
  • Make sure important outdoor features such as the front door, porch, and sidewalks and paths are well lit. (If not, install new fixtures or lighting.)

Even basic upgrades — like laying fresh mulch, changing porch lights, or installing a new mailbox — can help a buyer fall in love at first sight.

Just wait ’til they come inside and see what else you’ve done with the place!

Article Adapted from HouseLogic.com

Staging a home can and will make a difference when it comes to selling your home!
Greenbrier Real Estate Service is ready to help you sell your home, contact us for more tips and assistance during the process!


For all your real estate needs, contact us!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.2255


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Selecting the BEST Real Estate Agency and Agent

Looking to sell your property? Selecting the right Real Estate Agency and Agent may seem like a daunting task, but below are some questions to ask to help you find the best agency along with the answers from Greenbrier Real Estate Service.

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How long have you been in Real Estate?
As with any profession, years of experience does not always mean skill but many Real Estate skills are learned on the job.  Greg Allman, the broker for Greenbrier Real Estate Service, has over 28 years experience.  Combine that with the experience of 13 Realtors, Greenbrier Real Estate Service has the experience to know how to get your property sold.

What training, designations, or certifications do you have?
Becoming a Real Estate Agent requires 90 hours (6 credit hours) of education along with passing an examination.  After this is complete and licensure is obtained, agents must continue educating themselves with at least 7 hours of classes each year.  In addition to this education, agents can take specialized training to better serve particular buyers and sellers. Here is a list of the certifications and designations some of the agents at Greenbrier Real Estate Service have:
ABR – Acredited Buyer’s Represenative
CRS – Certified Residential Specialists
GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute
SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
CNHS – Certified New Home Specialist
GREEN – National Association of Realtors Green Designation
Read more about different designations at:  https://www.nar.realtor/education/designations-and-certifications

How many properties have you sold in the past year and how many days does it take to sell?
Both of these are important to know and compare with the other agencies you might be considering.  All Realtors should be able to pull these numbers from their local MLS and provide a comparison for you. During the past year(Oct 2016 to Oct 2017), Greenbrier Real Estate Service has sold 100 properties and they averaged 113 days on the market.

What percentage of listing price was the final sales price?
When you list your home you want to get as close to your list price as possible.  This percentage is a good indication of a Realtor’s pricing and negotiating skills. When looking over the past year, Greenbrier Real Estate Service’s final sales prices have on average been 93% of the listing price. The average for our local MLS (all area realtors) is 90.25%.

How will your property be marketed?
Your property will not sell if it is not advertised, so be sure to find out all of the avenues the agent will use to promote your property.  Greenbrier Real Estate Service uses the following and more to market your property:
-Listing on MLS which goes to other sites like Realtor.com and Zillow
-Registered agents on Zillow, this allows agents to modify details that might not transfer
-Listing promotion on Agent’s and Company’s social media accounts
-Ads run in monthly local Real Estate Magazine
-Company’s own magazine that is published quarterly.  It is placed in businesses and magazine boxes across Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Fayette counties, as well as inserted in local and neighboring county newspapers.
-Company’s own website

How will you communicate with your agent?
When you list your property, you want to be kept up to date on showings, offers and any issues that arise.  Make sure up front you know how this will happen.  Greenbrier Real Estate Service’s agents will ask you what is the best way to communicate, email, text message or phone call, and will always be available to address any concerns or questions you have.

Ready to list your home? Call Greenbrier Real Estate Service to schedule a listing appointment with one of our qualified agents today.

304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

Information adapted from National Association of Realtors Publication, 2015