I asked them what they would tell the sellers to do to prepare this listing for sale. Most said “declutter and clean up”. One agent finally replied, “I would tell them to call a home stager”. Luckily, the agent for this listing did call Refreshing Homes/Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Most sellers need more direction than being told to “clean up”.
As a professional home stager in maryland, I provide the sellers with very specific instructions to help them through the preparation process. I also prepare well thought out proposals to add furniture and accessories if needed. For this listing, we did complement some of the seller’s items with inventory from Refreshing Homes, however, I have seen many a listing sell quickly and for top dollar just by investing in a home staging consultation.
I try to educate Maryland realtors so that they have a plan to compete in today’s market. Many agents are now offering staging as part of their listing presentation. Many sellers and For Sale By Owner properties are calling me before calling a Realtor. Be proactive! Contact Karen Ellis at Refreshing Homes to learn how to make home staging a part of your listing presentation.
Oh, and the listing in Columbia MD…well it had multiple offers within 5 days and sold for over the list price! Needless to say, the seller and agent were very happy with the results!