Interested to sell your apartment at Richardson or rent out that house in Boston, but not sure how you can fetch a higher price for your property? Do you know that 70% of home buyers would be repulsed to buy a property if they see damp patches, stained walls, and ceilings? 54% find dull light unappealing, and 15% would dissatisfy with a cluttered room.
With these figures in mind, maybe you should consider home staging. According to the National Association of Realtors, home staging helped to sell houses 80% quicker and more 11% more money than non-staged properties.
Now if you have decided to home stage, what’s next? The advice from several real estate agents has been consistent – de-clutter Richardson TX apartments and de-personalize your home. The point of staging was to rid your home of your personal character so that the prospective buyer or renter would be able to imagine the living in it. You would not want the potential buyers or renters to be staring at your personal photos or CD collection throughout the entire viewing, and having difficulty picturing them settling into the house.
So here are some tips about home staging and de-cluttering:
- If you are somewhat of a hoarder, consider engaging a home staging professional to do the job. According to the condition of the house, you may need to reduce about 40% of your belongings. The processing might be painful for those who have emotional attachments to their furniture and belongings. But, in case you are on a tight budget, consider doing it yourself to save cost. Some have described the staging (and purging) process as therapeutic.
- Resist the urge to buy storage boxes and supplies, before you even start de-cluttering. People often land themselves with boxes that either do not fit their spaces or design or guess what, these boxes end up taking up more space. Pack first and determine whether there is a real need to buy those boxes (at what sizes) before going to the store to get an entire new storage set.
- Spread out your de-cluttering job over a few days or weeks, if you can afford the time. Don’t be tempted to think that you would be able to de-clutter an entire house or even a room within a day. You would probably be tired after a few hours of packing, before you are lured into taking a fifteen-minute break (that will probably extend into a few hours). Break up your de-cluttering project into smaller portions with achievable goals. You would be less likely to feel demoralized and frustrated by doing so.
- Ensure that the viewing experience is pleasant. Make sure you have soft calming music playing when prospective buyers or renters visit. More than 56% of potential customers said that they would be put off by foul odors in the house, so take extra care to deodorize the house.
Often houses would stay on the market for a while before they could be sold off or rented out. Don’t be discouraged if your house takes some time to be sold. Regularly de-clutter to make sure the house stays in tip-top condition.