The winner takes it all!
Home Sellers are doing more to offer a fabulous “product” to the buyers. They are fighting for the sale, with upgrades, painting and staging.
Many sellers have had the hard lesson that just cleaning up, minor repairs and what I call “home owner staging” is NOT enough.
So many home sellers year after year, sit for months on the market despite their efforts to stage it themselves.
In regards to vacant properties, “home owner staging” is just that. The seller leaves some “things” behind in an effort to stage. They haven’t staged it, they simply left some furniture. It sends the message that they either can’t afford staging or they left in distress/ divorce, as most sellers do not have the “touch” to create a room that draws the buyers in. It ends up sending the wrong message.
Jill understands the thought process, they think that leaving some furniture will give indication of the room sizes on www.mls.ca and in fact they often get this misguided advice from well intentioned people.
Even if you can determine the size of a room based on a sofa left behind, it doesn’t really matter when you are trying to convince a buyer that your home ROCKS in a small photo.
Your property needs to present so well that your MLS number gets written down as one of the choices to see in person. All showings now take place first online, so that photo needs to be GREAT. It needs to scream ” HEY, I am the BEST HOUSE in your PRICE RANGE!”
Sellers who understand this have taken this message all the way to the bank…they upgraded things like flooring, lighting, interior doors, paint, faucets and appliances, then Staged it and SOLD!
Well what about everyone else? Many wait for offers, reduce their prices, gave up the fight or took a way lower price.
The best part of this is that knowledge is power and you can decide the budget for your upgrades, you decide the timeline you have to work with, and you decide to not be a victim of a struggling market.
It’s your Choice!
Change your mind about how real estate used to be sold and see how it IS being sold now.
Jill Turgeon REALTOR exp Realty
RESA Award Winning Home Stager