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The Impact of Home Staging

It is always interesting to hear about the impacts of Home Staging from our clients, how it has brought more people in to see thier home and many times brought a higher price. It is also interesting to read about the impact of Home Staging through statistics.

One such statistic I recently read was from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) where within a survey they asked many questions of both buyer’s agents and seller’s agents.

This statistic caught my eye: “Only seven percent of respondents said that home staging had NO effect on the buyer’s view of the home.” WOW!! Only 7%!

That is an astounding statistic in my view. So 93% of agents felt home staging had an effect on the buyer’s view of the home they viewed.

Home Staging is not getting rid of everything in the house and bringing in all new furnishings. Home Staging is not doing a total remodel of a home. Home Staging can be as simple as doing a consultation with a client and giving them tips on how to make their  home show better by rearranging furniture, taking items out, doing small repairs and maintenance and cleaning.

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After:

 

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Yes, there are times when bringing furnishings into a few rooms in a home are needed and make a huge impact. Talk to your agent and talk with a professional Home Stager and determine the best way to get your home in top selling condition.

 

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Is Selling a ‘Blank Canvas’ a Good Idea?

A blank canvas is different from a neutral canvas. A blank canvas means a home is vacant when it is put on the market. Some sellers believe this is a good thing as a buyer can visualize the home the way they want to with their own furniture in the space, or using the room however they want to.

Unfortunately this isn’t easy for the buyer to do. A high majority of the buyers, as many as 80% cannot visual a room or home when it is vacant. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 82% percent of buyers’ agents said staging a homemade it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.

Why is this:

  • Rooms Look Smaller When They Are Empty: This makes it tough for a buyer to know if their furniture will fit in a space.

 

  • Key Rooms in an Open Concept Home Are Difficult to Distinguish: Buyers are not quite sure where one room stops and another starts. They are left wondering what a blank area in between can be used for.

 

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  • Most Buyers Cannot Visual How Furniture Should Be Arranged: This is one of the toughest things for a homeowner, how should their furniture be arranged? Most people think furniture needs to be against a wall, so a home with a lot of windows may leave them perplexed. Floating furniture in and throughout a room cannot be visualized by many so they don’t know how the home will work for them.

 

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  • Online Photos of a Vacant House Are Cold and Impersonal: There is nothing to captivate the buyer, draw them into the home from their online search. Even beautiful built-ins can look boring and daunting when they are empty.

 

Sellers don’t expect the entire home to be staged, but NAR’s data shows that 46% of buyers say that staging the living room is very important, while the main bedroom (43%) and kitchen (35%) were close behind.

If you will be selling a vacant home, consider talking with a Home Staging Company to stage the most important rooms.

Rooms With Style received the Gold Medal for “Best of MN” in both the Home Staging and Interior Design categories in 2021. Team Member Kelly Zabel received the ‘Rising Star Award’ in 2021 by her peers throughout the United States and Canada in the Real Estate Staging Association.

 

 

Baskets – For Selling or Dwelling

I love baskets! When I am assisting sellers in getting their home ready to go on the market, baskets are a suggestion I bring up many times. The same is true if I am on a Redesign Consultation. There are so many different kinds of baskets and so many places they can be used.  

 

 

A perfect place for baskets is your closets. You know that stack of T-shirts that sits on a shelf and they always look messy? Line your shelves with baskets and put those messy items in them. That way it is easy to slide the basket out, grab your garment and go. This is a perfect solution for making your closet tidy when selling.

I recommend the collapsible bins a lot. When you are packing up to move to your new home they fold flat so they do not take up space and you will always use them in your new home. I love using mine in my walk in pantry to hold the little items that are always falling over like rice packets and chocolate chips.

 

 

Another common problem area whether selling or dwelling is children’s toys. You would like to have the toys handy for your children in your family room but not strung all over making it feel chaotic. Baskets again are a great solution.  

 

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And of course……a must in a child’s room.  

 

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The best part is there are so many cute baskets out there now! Many times I suggest adding a basket by a fireplace or in a corner of a room to add texture. It is such an easy accent piece.  

 

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What trouble spots do you have in your home that a basket may be just what you need? Here is one of mine.

 

 

  But…..easy fix! And so cute!  

 

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Take a look around and see where baskets can be your solution.