Staging Approaches to Boost any Eden Prairie Home Sale this Spring Market
With spring already upon us, we stand at the threshold of Eden Prairie’s first major selling season of 2014. If you are preparing to add your own property to the Eden Prairie listing market, the International Association of Home Staging Professionals would like to draw your attention to some statistics that bolster their members’ proposition. None is more compelling than this one: non-staged homes remain 79 days longer on the market than their professionally-staged neighbors.
Still, since not everyone hires a professional staging company to work their magic, you’d think there would be a few DIY alternatives that would well worth doing. Of course, there are: and some go beyond the most well-known staging rules that are basic to any home sale:
1. De-clutter (then de-clutter again). The stagers’ single most important line item remains this: de-clutter. There is little cost to de-cluttering a home (usually no more than a storage unit’s rental). The professional insight is that once you have done it, go back through the house and do it again! That second round might only involve boxing up a few remaining personal knick-knacks, but it can also suddenly reveal items that clash with a room’s overall color palette. The Third time around, have your Eden Prairie realtor give a fresh insight into anything you may have overlooked.
2. Light(en) it up: Neutral colors are the rule for staging a home, but good light can be equally important. Make sure every room is well-lit, with clean windows, bright light bulbs (some do dim over time), and plenty of lamps or fixtures. If possible, disperse the height of lighting sources by mixing floor and table lamps, windows and overhead fixtures. Realtor Tip: Be careful not to make home appear too bland or uninteresting, just a hint of color may add a world of difference and make your home “pop”! For specific ideas, contact your professional Eden Prairie Realtor.
3. Find the focal points: The largest item in the room does not always have to be the focal item. If you have an antique chest or a captivating painting, see if you can arrange the room so that it’s the first thing your eye picks up as you enter the room. A strong focal point gives a sense of character to a room. It works to your advantage, since the focal point naturally emphasizes the strongest feature of the room.
These are approaches that do take some time and effort—but imaginative staging really does make an impact on perceived value, and, as a result, time-on-market. For more Eden Prairie home selling insights, give me a call anytime to discuss your own real estate plans! I would like to earn your trust and business as your Eden Prairie Realtor. I am the Eden Prairie Certified Community Expert and have had extensive training and experience with staging homes for my clients that result in successful sales. For more information or to contact Cindy Hanson Welu, click here.