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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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(Photo taken by @Spacecrafting)

  • 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.

 

 

Parade of Homes is On! Sept 11-Oct 2

 

It has been a very busy time for home builders as new construction homes are in big demand. If you are thinking about building or renovating, you must take in the Parade of Homes. It’s the perfect time to get ideas, see what is on trend, what you like and don’t like.

 

 

The Parade is running from Noon to 6:00 pm Thursday – Sunday through October 2nd.

We are partial to Parade Models #252, #257 and #262. We love staging Parade of Homes models and find it a great honor to do so.

 

 

There may not be a marching band at this Parade but it is one to enjoy on a beautiful Fall day. Check out paint colors, light fixtures, flooring, and of course the staging!  

 

 

 

 

Do I Need to Stage My Home When It’s a Seller’s Market?

I know many people are asking that question and wondering if home staging is needed when inventory is low and homes are selling quickly. The answer may depend a bit but if you don’t stage, may you be leaving some money on the table?  Money on the Table

Let’s say you list your home ‘as is’ and you put the asking price a bit lower so you don’t have to do much of anything. You get an offer within a few weeks, maybe a few thousand below list but overall the percentage is still really good. Ok great!

But now let’s say you bring in a Home Stager, at the very minimum for a Home Staging Consultation, to give you a list of top things to do to get your home in top selling condition. She may suggest some fresh paint, or a couple new light fixtures, some repairs.

Now let’s say you are moving to your new home first and you are wondering if you should list the house empty or stage a couple key rooms with furniture. Will that matter?

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Let’s take a look at an older home I consulted on for a Realtor.  I did recommend some paint, a couple new light fixtures, new vinyl flooring in the kitchen and staging it with fresh modern furniture when they moved out. Here is the email I received from her shortly after is was listed:

 

  • Listed as coming soon 5/8
  • Active listing 5/22
  • 38 showings 5/22, 36 showings 5/23, 10 showings 5/24
  • Received 32 offers!
  • Inspection completed, now pending closing June 30

That’s 84 showings and 32 offers!!! PLUS it sold for $25,100 over list price! Which was over 10% of the list price. Unbelievable!

So yes the market is good. Would the house of sold anyway without staging? Absolutely.  Would the sellers have received 32 offers and sold for $25K over list without staging? We will never know for sure but I don’t think so. Don’t take a chance on leaving money on the table.