Many Denver Metro Realtors have learned the tremendous benefit of using a Colorado interior designer who does residential home staging in the sales process.
They see the value in having the home sell faster, and with a better offer than those that are not staged. My company, Broxton Design and Development has been improving the appearance of Denver homes for sale for many years.
Does residential home staging in Denver work?
The mere definition of home staging pretty much answers this question. It isn’t a theory, it is a reality. Wikipedia defines it as:
“Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want. “ (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_staging)
Making Denver residential home staging work
I find the same challenges arise when working with clients who have hired, or their Realtor has hired me for residential home staging. Below are my 4 biggest tips in my process.
Denver Home Staging Tip 1: Let go of clutter
One of the most important components in staging is to declutter. We’re a society of collectors, and when it’s time to pack up and move, we are surprised by all the stuff collected over the years. Each room should be decluttered so the potential buyer can see how spacious the home truly is.
Don’t forget cabinets and closets. People do open these spaces and inspect them as well. The less cluttered the pantry and cabinets, the better the homebuyer feels about having a spacious kitchen. The entryway, bedroom, and bath closets are extremely important to declutter. Again, the idea is to show how spacious your home is.
Denver Home Staging Tip 2: Detach
It is important to take emotions out of the process. My main goal in home staging is to make sure people are excited about, and see themselves living in the new space. Their experience and ability to feel they belong there, will drive them to put an offer on the home. For example, in the entryway, it’s important to remove all family photos and any religious items. The potential buyer is not interested in photos, and would prefer to see something abstract. Remember, I’m there to help sell the home as quickly as possible and get the asking price
Denver Home Staging Tip 3: All the best
The Real Estate Staging Association has found people who have looked at staged homes felt they were better maintained and are more “must see” lists when they are researching properties online. So many Realtors are using video and high quality photos in the marketing of the home. Better video and photos mean more people will see the home, which has the potential to drive up the price offers. Using home staging allows all the best attributes of the home to be on display, rather than the personal attributes of the current owner or resident.
Residential Home Staging Tip 4: A breath of fresh air
Finally, an item that is extremely important to a home sale is the smell of the home. Removing items that are unpleasing can include cat litter boxes, dog beds, ashtrays and more. People really rely on the full experience of the home and when they get visual clues that reinforce what they are smelling, they will make conscious or unconscious decisions based on that. My objective review of the home helps this process for the best chance of selling the home.
Staging is an opportunity to set your home apart from all the other homes on the market in your neighborhood. Whether or not you choose to work with a professional designer/stager, remember to declutter, detach, beautify and freshen.
If you are ready to learn more or get started with the residential home staging process…