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Friday, May 13, 2011

Home Staging Tip #2: It's All about Compromise

We’ve talked about some of the things that you need to do outside to make a big impact when you sell your home. We know that it all starts from the curb side when a potential buyer drives up to your home. But, with all good relationships, like the one you probably have with your home, there is always a compromise to be made.

Something you should not compromise on is your commitment to get your property staged by a certain date.  Set a timeline and be accountable to that time line. Your real estate sales representative can be the perfect accountability partner in this process. Remember that your goal is the same as your realtor’s, to sell your house in the shortest time frame and for the best possible price. In order to accomplish that goal, your home must be ready to show at its best for the length of the listing contract. Don’t procrastinate on anything you can do right away. Enlist the help of friends and family if necessary and for the big jobs, assign a due date and stick to it.

Life is a series of compromises. Staging can present you with situations where you must compromise. If your budget is limited, deciding where the money will be best spent isn’t always easy. For example, your kitchen floor is vinyl, looks very worn and has some tears in it. The main bath has green tile that is in good condition but looks dated. Your compromise comes in choosing to do the job that will give you the highest rate of return since you know you don't have the budget to change both. In this case, the choice is obvious; the kitchen will give you best overall look to sell your property for the highest price. As for the bathroom, let’s compromise. You can stage it with a neutral wall colour, white towels and accessories. In order to give it a crisp fresh look remove bottles, brushes, and other items from all counter tops. So now we have created the biggest impact by replacing the kitchen floor and we’ve given the bathroom a great new look.

This is a win-win situation where compromise worked to give you the best results all around.

I welcome your comments and questions on this post or any other information contained herein. For a FREE market evaluation of your property, call me today.


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