Jul 19, 2011 7:32 PM by Stephanie Collins
It's a buyers market out there and selling a home can be hard; to sell your home fast and for top dollar you might want to consider home staging.
Cathi Rios is a professional home stager it's her job to work with sellers to make their homes attractive to buyers, "It really is a science, there's a lengthy certification process to make sure we can identify areas in the home that need improvements to get that return on investment," she explains.
Home stagers know what colors to use and where to put furniture, to reveal a home's true potential, "It's staged so that any buyer can walk into the home and say wow, I could live here, this is a move in ready home," says Rios.
Rios says there are a few things you can do on your own, without the help of a stager, to make your home more appealing, "They can clean out bookshelves, they can take everything off the floor, they can remove items from the kitchen counter tops, the refrigerator; repairing and de-cluttering is something everybody can do."
You want to highlight every space in the home, Rios says the most costly mistake people make is not staging every room as a functional room, "A bedroom should not be used for storage, basements shouldn't be used for home schooling or a nursery, with toys spanning the whole basement," adds Rios.
With staging, the main idea is to freshen up the entire look of your house, to sell it faster and for more money. Not staging your home, will only help sell your competition.
Here's more on why it pays to stage:
-In a recent survey by Home Again, home staging was shown to provide a 586% return on investment.
-According to Altos Research, the average home for sale in Colorado Springs sits on the market for 147 days, but with home staging that number drops to 53 days. The less time a home spends on the market, the more it sells for.
-The initial consultant with a home stager ranges from about $100-$150 dollars.
When looking for a home stager, ask about things like certifications and trade associations. They should also have liability insurance.
For more on home staging and to look at some before and after photos, click here.