Guide to home staging and sales advisors
Guide to home staging and sales advisors
|Page 1: When would you need one?
Page 2: What can they do?
Hannah Shanks - Editor
When you need them?
Having problems selling your house? Running out of time? Can't figure out why nobody seems to want to buy your place?
- Before you leap to the easy and perhaps rash option of simply reducing the price of your house, it may be beneficial to first consider employing a home staging consultant.
- In any case, reducing the price of a house will not always make it any more attractive; if somebody likes your home, they would make an offer anyway, even if it was below the asking price. So your best bet will be to actually improve the impression your house makes on potential buyers.
Just because you like your home doesn't mean everybody else will.
- Taste is a very personal thing, and those cow design armchairs that are so close to your heart might not be everyone's cup of tea!
- If you want your house to sell, it'll need to be clean, tidy and uncluttered. Simply kicking the rubbish under the bed and throwing some cushions about before potential buyers come to visit the property will not be enough to really impress them.
- Making a house look appealing can be a very difficult task; it takes time and creativity, neither of which everybody has. However much style you think you might possess, there is a difference between a house that looks nice to be living in, and one that looks nice to move into; visitors may think your place looks very 'homely' and 'lived in', but that doesn't mean they will want to live in it themselves. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in the property, and you may not be able to create exactly the right impression on your own.
In the same way that people always complain about food never looking as good in reality as in the pictures, it is very disappointing for house hunters to arrive at a property only to find it doesn't meet their expectations.
- A house might be lovely in terms of its architecture and design, but unsuitable décor and furnishing can let a property down and discourage potential buyers.
- In order to ensure your home has the best possible chance of appealing to house hunters, you will need to find yourself a home staging consultant: there are numerous useful websites on the internet that will help you find what you're looking for, but as with all these things, word of mouth and reputation is always the best indicator to how reliable and suitable someone will be for the job.
Why you need them?
We've all seen the home makeover programmes on television, and the principle behind this profession is fairly simple. Home staging consultants are able to give you help and advice about making your house more appealing to potential buyers, and will ensure your house is as presentable as possible for when buyers come to see the property.
- They know the market. They know what people are looking for. You might not.
- They will be able to give an objective opinion on the state and style of your house. Again, perhaps you might not. Especially if you have lived in your home for a long period, it is very easy to become attached to a property. Home staging consultants do not have this attachment, and only have one, very simple aim, that they have been striving to achieve since their emergence in the 1970s; to make a house easier to sell.
- You will need experienced consultants to provide important, impartial creative advice that could make all the difference in your attempts to sell your house.
You will need to make a decision about the financial benefits of hiring a consultant.
- Generally, consultancies attempt to ensure the price of employing an advisor is more than covered (hopefully by a substantial amount) by the increase in the house price generated by hiring the advisor.
- Of course, you don't have to be selling your house to employ a consultant. You can also have home staging if you just want to make your house nicer to live in. In this case, you will need to be sure the advisor shares similar stylistic preferences to yourself, because rather than making a house appeal to anybody, you will want to make sure it appeals to you.
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