When selling your house, you certainly want the highest sale price possible as a return on your investment and working with a good Realtor is a great place to start. A lot of work goes into selling a home, from clearing out excess furniture to minimizing personal effects and putting away the cereal boxes on top of the refrigerator. You want to present a clean fresh space that leaves room for the buyer to imagine their own life in that space.
What Does a Home Stager Do?
If you have a tidy space that is in good condition, your Realtor may not feel you need a home stager. But this service is often about more than freshening up your home. Home staging is a way to showcase to prospective buyers the potential your home has and to help them envision a life in their home that is separate from your personal style.
Your Realtor and Stager can help you determine determine which aspects of your home are assets to highlight, and which should be minimized. They can also help you transform dated elements into cute features and add charm to bland areas.
The exterior of your home matters, too. Be sure to walk around the property with your Realtor and Home Stager to get advice on what you can do to increase your curb appeal.
How to Find the Best Home Stagers in Portland
Portland home stagers have gotten very creative over the years, designing with elements that speak to a distinct Portland style and character. They source unique one-of-a-kind furniture and add whimsical accents like vintage cameras, typewriters and cocktail stations.
Some home stagers use all of your existing furniture and accents in a new format. But most have their own collection that they cull through to design your space with fresh pieces for a cohesive style.
How to Prepare for Home Staging
Your Realtor will connect you with a Stager and together they will walk through the home with you to assess what can and should be done to prepare it for sale. It’s all about return on investment so they won’t recommend major remodel projects, but instead will be looking at smaller cosmetic fixes. Don’t worry about cleaning up your home before your Realtor or Stager see it. As professionals they are used to looking past clutter and personal style.
Should You Hire a Home Stager?
When selling your home, you generally want it to be up for sale for as little time as possible and to get the very highest price. Most Realtors believer that staging your home to put it on the market can help your home sell faster for more money as it creates a bold “wow” factor.
But staging a home isn’t always necessary. So what should YOU do?
Deciding whether or not to hire a home stager is a decision you can discuss with your Urban Nest agent. Our brokers are your allies through every step of the home selling process. They are your advocates and they can help you make decisions, find resources and put your best foot forward when selling your home. Not all stagers are created equal and your Urban Nest agent will help you find the right fit for your home and your budget.