Staging....a Metaphor for life?

We encounter a lot of different types of homeowners looking for help staging their home. I really think that the way people approach preparing their home for sale is likely the way they approach many things in their lives. To break it down into its simplest form, a home - for many homeowners, is likely their biggest asset and largest source of debt. It then stands to reason that a homeowner would want to do their best to make their home look its best at the time of the sale. There are real returns to be had from de-cluttering, restyling furniture, and having a thorough cleaning done. How much of a return you ask? Well, we have had clients list for more than their original market analysis antcipated. Here are a few examples: One for $5k more than planned, another $20k more, and one client listed for $100k more than his agent had originally planned. Not one of those clients did anything more than de-clutter and restyle.

Many homeowners accept the challenge, hunker down, and get the work done. They are not only rewarded typically with a higher sales price and fewer days on the market but with the added bonus of having started packing and purging which makes the moving process exponentially easier.

Other homeowners ask us for tricks and frankly I am always amazed by this. We are giving you the tricks. De-clutter and restyle your furniture. If you do it yourself, it is free. Sure you have to actually do the work but you would do it anyway, right? You are moving. If you are unable to do the work on your own, we understand and can help you connect with people who can help.

Just like most things in life, there is not a substitute for hard work and effort. If you put the effort in, you get the results. It really is that simple.