Today, we wrap up the series I’ve been doing with The Nester in which we’ve been looking at some of the “tricks of the trade” of Home Staging.
A Staged Scene
We talked in the first post in this series about how the purpose of staging was to create a welcoming, appealing, and attractive place to be. The idea is that this will make a buyer want to BUY! Cool beans.
But, I have to be honest with you here…this series hasn’t been what you would call “second nature” to me. That’s because I’m all about NOT SELLING.
The Real Me!
My job for the last couple of decades has been to show people why they don’t have to sell. I’m the guy who’s supposed to be able to make the house you’re in right now the perfect place to live!
Not big enough? Add on. Not pretty enough? No problem, we can make it pretty. Too dark inside? Somebody give me a chainsaw, I can make a window right here!
I don’t think a potential client of mine ever heard the words “I think you should sell.” My words, and they’re from the heart, are “I think you should remodel” and “I can help you.”
Those are my words on this blog too. I think you should remodel. I can help you.
But, IF YOU INSIST, on selling. The ideas in this series will absolutely make a difference in your prospects. I hope you make use of them and that you thereby profit greatly in time and money!
Words of Caution
I think you have to be careful right now. The market is very, well, squirrely, to use the technical term. It’s hard to figure out which way it’s going. For a minute it’s good signs, then it’s bad signs. One thing for sure is that there are a lot of SIGNS. Many of them say “For Sale“.
That being the case, I would suggest you be extra prudent with any costly upgrades prior to sale. While a few years ago, I would have said that you should replace that fifteen year old roof, now I’m not so sure. I might have suggested that you put in some new cabinets, or replace the windows, or upgrade the floor coverings throughout. I just don’t know if that makes you any money in this market. So I won’t say it.
Every home is different, every market is different. I would say that research pays and to be careful whose advice you take.
Head on over to Nesting Place, where The Nester has some closing thoughts and ideas for you and if you decide to remodel, I will be right here. You can email me your questions and I’ll always do my best to give you a good answer. Send me your pictures and I’ll give you my thoughts.
Check back often this week, I have a lot in store! Finally, that “paint your cabinets post“, a post on Crown Molding, and new giveaway!