Date: 1/10/2015 Why stage your home before you sell? Have you noticed that brand new homes sell in both good markets and in bad? That's because builders create beautiful model homes with strong visual and emotional appeal. Buyers are drawn to these fresh, well-decorated homes that are well-maintained and in perfect condition. First impressions are everything and buyers form an immediate opinion of your home within moments of entering. If a buyer doesn't get excited when they walk in the front door, you may never get another chance to change their mind! That's why ho me staging is so important to help you achieve a quick sale at the best price. Home staging creates the right first impression in the minds of potential buyers. When showing homes to buyers, I am often amazed at how poorly some homes present. Even the most simple and basic things such as a good interior cleaning, touch-up painting and minor yard work are often ignored. Homes that have not been enhanced are the ones that sit on the market for a long time or they receive "low ball" offers. Don't make this costly mistake! Most enhancement projects are very reasonable and cost a lot less than what you'd expect. My clients typically spend about $2,500 for home staging and the results far outweigh the money spent. For every dollar you spend preparing your home for sale, you'll get a return of two to three times your investment. That means for every $2,500 you invest to stage your home, you can expect an increased sales price of $5,000 to $7,500. Most importantly, your home will sell more quickly!