I had a wonderful realtor who is also a friend and she was super helpful with every step of the way. She brought a stager named Barbara, to look at the house, rearrange some furniture and figure out what to do with couple of rooms which were empty after my ex moved out. I have to admit that I thought I don't need the stager. Didn't I know it all after I spent so many hours watching HGTV?
I was wrong. Barbara was able to come up with some tweaks I wish I had known when I actually lived in the house. And it was fun! If you are selling the house I would encourage you to get the stager. My realtor paid for her services out of her commission but it would have been worth it if I paid for it myself.
This is the 'before' of my living room:
She said coconuts sell houses...
Added some decorating touches...
This room was empty and I thought I didn't have any extra furniture but somehow we found it.
Then she helped me to clean up the playroom. That was quite a task as you can imagine.
Of course I can never be sure if all those changes made a difference. But when the house eventually went on the market I got four offers in the first two weeks. I ended up selling it above the asking price.
I decided I don't want a single family house anymore. With the help of my realtor I found a two bedroom townhouse in the same town. It was perfect for me and my daughter! Now, this was going to be so much easier.
|My new place|
Have you moved a lot? I am now in my sixth house and I want to stay here forever. But I know I have said that before...Oddly, I don;t like moving but I did enjoy getting the house ready. Do you think staging can make a difference?