Amy asks… I want to sell my home and my agent is recommending I hire a home stager – is this a good idea?

For those of you who are not aware, home staging is the act of transforming your home into a place that is appealing to the highest number of potential buyers in the real estate market. If done right, home staging can be extremely important when it comes to selling your home to a potential buyer. But if done wrong, buyers can see right through the staging, which may potentially turn them off to the idea of purchasing your home.

More often than not, the role of a home stager is to cover up the unappealing aspects of a home. You will see tiny furniture in small bedrooms to disguise the fact that a normal bed and dresser probably would not fit in that bedroom. Also, home-stagers may place activity props throughout a home. That beautiful nursery or work out room may look appealing at the time but if the buyer isn’t expecting a baby or hasn’t worked out in 10 years it probably won’t look good to them. My point here is that if your potential buyer sees straight through the extra décor and staging, they are more than likely to not see your home as a good fit for them. For most people (myself at least) they like to see the true potential of a new home and envision exactly how it would work for them and this staging may hinder that.

Therefore, my best advice for someone looking to prepare their home for the real estate market would be to consider just what needs to be done to turn your home into an attractive property come open house time. If you are in drastic need of some quick upgrades or “cover-ups” a home-stager may be right for you. But if all you need is a little cleaning, re-organizing and maintenance you should probably just make these upgrades on your own. At the end of the day the appeal of your home will all be held in the eye of the beholder.

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As a successful business owner and community leader, Cheryl Braunschweiger is known and respected for getting things done with a degree of skill and enthusiasm that bring out the best in those around her - colleagues, clients and friends. The name of her business, ALMC Mortgage, reflects Cheryl's philosophy and personality. She says it stands for All Loans Must Close –a reflection of her determination to do whatever it takes to serve her clients. Cheryl has been in the mortgage lending business for 20 years. Read More About Cheryl
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