Home staging is critical in a real estate transaction. The overall look and ambience of your residence, as well as the impression it leaves to prospective buyers can very well define the success of the whole deal. Needless to say, it is a phase in the home-selling process that owners should never overlook at and instead, take careful consideration of.
Prepping a house takes more than just cleaning up, de-cluttering and putting accessories on. It takes more than just removing personal paraphernalia or upgrading the kitchen for a better feel. There are several things to think about first before starting the procedure. Here are some of them.
1. Decide if you will do it yourself or hire a pro.
- Budget. Prepping a house to have it up in the market can incur some expenses. You may need to fix broken faucets or pipes, replace old sinks or light fixtures, do a repaint of the wall, buy presentable doormats or carpets. Do you have enough funds to include a professional in the team?
- Time. You will need to spend a few hours to conduct research too. With the growing number of new houses for sale in the Philippines for example, what techniques will surely work? What are the latest trends that will give you the edge and yet not cost a lot on your end?
- Skills. While there are some DIY tricks that are easy to implement, it still requires a pint of creativity to make your property stand out from the rest. Do you have what it takes?
2. Avoid focusing your thoughts as the homeowner. Chances are, you will have a hard time looking at the whole experience with fresh eyes. Worse, you may choose to forget about the entire thing simply for sentimental reasons. Therefore, detach yourself from the property. Keep your focus on your primary goal.
3. Segregate the for-sale and not-for-sale items. There are instances when you may need to let go a few furniture or equipment as a land for sale freebie to entice the public. There are also times when you may consider selling some pieces of great value for higher returns and this event is a perfect opportunity to get it up there with no extra hassle. Ensure that you categorize them properly and put signage which ones are for-sale.
4. Identify your buyer. It is all about approaching it in a manner that is extremely appealing to your targeted homebuyers. Are you hoping to target individuals in their mid-20s or family men in their late 40s? Determining this will make the staging easier and quicker to implement.