Are you selling your home? Then you need the help of a professional Atlanta home stager!
Home staging is the process of preparing a home for the real estate market in such a way that it appeals to the widest possible audience. Most homes, once they’ve been occupied for some time, have the distinct personality of the homeowner. If you are not planning on moving, that’s fine; but if you are trying to sell your home, your personality must be removed from it. This is accomplished through home staging. Home staging transitions a dwelling from a home to a house to a product.
2012 Testimonial from Tristyn: I just wanted to follow-up with you and thank you for your wonderful help and advice staging our home. The response has been INCREDIBLE. I put our house on the MLS on Wednesday and by the following evening we had four offers in hand and they just kept coming in. By the weekend we had ten (offers) and we just had to stop the madness and accepted the best offer which was well over our asking price with the buyer paying their own closing costs. I know the staging really helped create that WOW factor that brought in offers from nearly EVERY SHOWING (and two of them came from people who hadn’t even seen the house in person). Pat yourself on the back. LOVE the paint colors by the way.
Home staging involves, in varying degrees, the following:
- removing personalized items
- eliminating offensive odors
- cleaning the home until it sparkles
- neutralizing paint colors
- updating light fixtures, hardware, flooring, window treatments, etc.
- removing or rearranging rugs and furniture
- adding just enough accessories to bring the home to life
Staged homes typically sell in half the time and for 5-10% more money than their non-staged counterparts.
Isn’t that decorating?
No. This is surely one of the biggest misconceptions regarding home staging. Decorating is “customizing” the home (normally by “addition”) to suit the tastes of the homeowner. Staging is “neutralizing” the property (typically by “subtraction”) to prepare it for selling. Decorating is for living; Staging is for selling.
Why do I need to hire a professional Atlanta home stager?
Most homeowners, try as they might, cannot look at their own property objectively. You could spend an entire day decluttering resulting in more open spaces, but to the discriminating buyer, the home will still look overstuffed. Also, the potential buyers must be able to envision themselves in your home, so it’s crucial that your personality be removed from it. While you are still living in the home that you’ve made many precious memories in, it’s very difficult to be objective. You need professional help.
- Home Staging Consultation (2 hours) – $225.00
- Half-Day Home Staging Makeover (4 hours) – $400.00
- Whole-Day Home Staging Makeover (8 hours) – $750.00
Sign-up here for an assessment of your home staging needs.
- Executive Move-in – $100/hour for the first 4 hours; $90/hour thereafter
- Professional Organizing – $100/hour
Let Patsy Overton Interiors assist with unpacking, organizing and decorating your new home. You have other things to do!
Please note: prices are subject to change without notice.
Investing in staging up front always costs less than the first price reduction at a later date.
Home Staging Tips:
Patsy Overton Interiors is at your service. If the information you have read to this point has not convinced you that you need a trained professional to do your Home Staging, here are a few tips to help you turn lookers into buyers.
1. Start outside. Go across the street and take an objective look at your home. Your eye should be drawn to the front door; not the grass that needs mowing or the refrigerator on the front porch. Create an inviting entry with colorful flowers and a richly painted front door. If buyers don’t like what they see outside, they’ll never make it inside.
2. Scrub ’til your arm falls off! In addition to ridding your home of the obvious carpet stains and offensive odors, vacuum behind furniture and under the beds; scour ceiling fans and polish doorknobs; clean windows until they glisten. When rooms sparkle, houses sell.
3. Clobber the clutter. Go room by room and remove anything personal – trophies, wedding photos, college banners, etc. Rent a storage space for your Elvis collectibles – most potential buyers won’t be nearly as crazy about them as you are. Beware of shoving things into cabinets and closets. Buyers will get the impression the house has no storage space. Remember our motto: If you can’t see it, you can’t sell it.
4. Pay attention to details. Patch any holes in the walls; fix leaky faucets; replace burned-out light bulbs; buy fresh towels and put all the toilet lids down. Alphabetize your spice jars and line up all the shoes in your closet. Organization gets results!
5. Camouflage with paint. Fresh paint not only helps a house look better, but also helps with odors. Stick with neutral colors. Even though you absolutely love your purple walls, the potential buyers will remember your home as “the one with the awful purple bedroom.” Why push your luck?
6. Call Patsy Overton Interiors. Now you KNOW you need help! 770-843-2307