Real Estate Staging
By shelly on November 18, 2013
If you’re selling a home for the first time you may not know there are options out there that will help you move the home off the market faster. Des Moines home stagers are one of the many options you can use to sell your home quick. Des Moines home stagers are proven to sell your home faster than if you try to stage the home yourself, or if you do nothing at all to fix the home’s look. Still, many people are unfamiliar with staging and what the process of staging a home entails.
Home staging has become very popular for sellers looking to make a good impression of their home. Home staging encompasses a lot of elements. At it’s most basic, home staging is arranging furniture and décor to showcase the home to sell. If a room has too much furniture (or too little) adjustments to the amount of furniture may also be a part of preparing the interior.
Not all homes need a professional stager. It depends on the people who lived in the home, the home’s age, how well the home was maintained and other factors. Some homes only need a simple cleaning and removal of day-to-day living items. But if you have a home with outdated colors, furniture, or a home that is poorly landscaped, Des Moines stagers may need to come in and offer advice for how to move forward. It’s important to note that the return on investment for real estate staging is almost 400% higher than if a home-owner tries to fix these issues on their own.
Many people consider Des Moines home stagers to be interior designers however that is not the primary function of staging a home. Staging should never be confused for decorating. Staging means removing the personal element of the home. Items like a litter box, newspapers, family photos are all removed and rooms may be painted in neutral colors. Removing family items doesn’t mean the home should look cold and impersonal, it just means that a home shouldn’t look like it belongs to someone else. Des Moines home stagers want to create a look to ensure a potential buyer can come in and envision the home as theirs.
Treasured Spaces is the leading Des Moines home stagers. Shelly helped introduce staging in the midwest and continues to stay on top of staging trends to ensure the best results for her clients. For more information about Treasured Spaces and how our Des Moines home stagers can help sell your home like us on Facebook today.MORE >>
By shelly on October 2, 2013
Des Moines home staging has been proven to sell your home much faster than non-staged home of similar value in a similar neighborhood. Still many people don’t think they can afford Des Moines home staging. While Des Moines home staging may not fit into your budget it is a necessary option that you can no longer ignore. In fact home staging can have a massive return on investment (as much as 450% according to some studies) so even the most basic Des Moines home staging choices can go a long way to help sell your home.
One piece of advice for simple Des Moines home staging tips is to start in the bathroom. Remove any mold that might exist in your bathroom using a simple bleach and water solution. Bathrooms that appear grimy or unclean will have a negative impact on a buyer more than any other room in your home.
In previous blogs we’ve covered the importance of curb appeal. But another important aspect of staging outside your home is to make your home appear welcoming. If you have a porch, or even just a tiny stoop leading to your front door you can make it appear more welcoming by adding a welcome mat, lighting, or even a few pieces of furniture (if space allows).
Another important tip to staging a home is to find a balance between clean and lived-in. Include a few pieces of home décor that will give the home the appeal of a home that people can envision themselves living in. Your home doesn’t need to appear like a model home. In fact that can make the home feel fake. Include fresh fruit in a basket in the kitchen, flowers in the living room or dining room and a few pieces of art on the walls.
While you want to make your home feel “homey” you also don’t want dirt to shy potential buyers away. Scrub and deodorize your home to give it a fresh feel. Potential buyers don’t want to smell something as soon as they walk into the home so it’s important to clean often. This is especially true if you have pets or children. There are some odors that actually help the selling power of the home, like the smell of fresh baked cookies.
If you’re struggling to sell your home let the Des Moines home staging pros at Treasured Spaces come in and take care of the hard work for you. Treasured Spaces is one of the first Des Moines home staging companies and our experience combined with cutting edge knowledge is sure to bring you results. For more information about our home staging services like us on Facebook.MORE >>
By shelly on August 23, 2013
These home renovation musts are sure to help sell your home fast! If you’re struggling to sell your home, the home staging Des Moines experts at Treasured Spaces can help!
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By shelly on June 12, 2013
The numbers behind using Des Moines stagers continues to climb as more people are beginning to realize that staging a home can help sell it faster and for more money than if you don’t. Des Moines stagers know what it takes to entice a potential buyer to make an offer on your home. Real estate staging is one of the best returns on investment that you can make and Treasured Spaces Des Moines stagers are the leaders. Several studies have been done on real estate staging and they all point to improved numbers.
The common theme you will hear among Des Moines stagers is the investment in home staging is worth any price reduction on your home if you have to keep it on the market longer. This isn’t just a selling point, but fact and the numbers back it up. A recent study by Staged Homes found that almost every home (95%) staged by an ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) sold on average in 23 days or less. Non staged homes, on the other hand, stay on the market an average of 130 days. What does that mean to your overall selling price? Let’s say a home that is on the market at just $150,000 sits on the market for four months (less than the 130 day average) and the owner gets restless and decides on a 5-percent deduction in the listing price. That deduction of about $7,500 is just a fraction of the cost of using Des Moines stagers.
The return on investment by using Des Moines stagers goes far beyond hypothetical scenarios. HomeGain did a study on the return on investment using Des Moines stagers in 2012. The survey, taken by around 2,500 realtors found an increase in the selling price of a home of between $3,000 and $4,000 on average for each sale. The ROI on those numbers was a whopping 4,597.00%. The same study found that 73% of all realtors recommended using Des Moines stagers to sell a home. The ROI in the study for using Des Moines stagers was higher than every other category including agents who cleaned, fixed plumbing, or even made updates to the home. And the average investment for using Des Moines stagers was far less than any of the other options.
Treasured Spaces is the leading Des Moines stagers. Shelly has been on the cutting edge of home staging and was one of the first accredited Des Moines stagers. Shelly can help work with you and your budget to sell your home fast. For more information about Treasured Spaces Des Moines stagers please connect with us on Twitter.MORE >>
By shelly on March 25, 2013
It happens to us all: A new job comes up, maybe your dream job, but there’s one problem: They need you in another state, next week. If you have ever been in this position as a home-owner you know how hectic those next seven days can be. Des Moines real estate staging experts like Treasured Spaces know that you may not be able to sell your home in that span, but using Des Moines stagers will mean that your home will sell faster than if you don’t. No matter what your reason is, if you need to sell your home fast, Des Moines real estate staging is the best option.
There are several tips that Des Moines stagers use when trying to sell a home as quickly as possible. The first is to boost a home’s curb appeal. In some cases people will drive by a home to decide if it’s worth a look at the inside or not. Des Moines real estate staging professionals understand that this means how your home looks from a car window could make or break a sale. Simple Des Moines real estate staging tips like power washing the sidewalks and driveway, mowing the lawn, and planting a few fresh flowers will make your curb appeal jump and attract potential buyers.
Another tip for a speedy home sale Des Moines stagers use is to get rid of clutter around the home. This is especially important in the kitchen. The more space potential buyers see in the cabinets or counter tops, the more likely they will make an offer. That doesn’t mean every room has to be completely empty, obviously. In fact, a vase with fresh flowers on a table or a bowl of lemons on a counter will actually add to the visual appeal of the home.
For the outside a Des Moines real estate staging tip to sell a home quick is to create an outdoor space that people are looking for. Play up what your neighborhood is known for. People are looking for a home in your neighborhood for a reason. If your home is in a quiet suburb hang a hammock in the backyard or add a bench swing to a porch to add a relaxing feel. If your home is in the city and you don’t know what to do with the limited space, Des Moines stagers would advise you to add a simple cafe table to a small balcony.
These are just a few ways that you can use to sell your home fast. Treasured Spaces is the leading expert in the Des Moines real estate staging profession and we understand how to set up your home to make it attractive to buyers. Treasured Spaces Des Moines stagers can use our skills to transform your home at some of the lowest rates in Des Moines. For more information about our services please visit us at www.treasuredspaces.com.MORE >>
By shelly on March 11, 2013
If you’re trying to sell your home, presentation to potential buyers is key. While location is important if you have a house that feels cramped, it won’t matter to anyone what kind of neighborhood your home is located. Des Moines home stagers like Treasured Spaces can help you sell your home fast and for more money than trying to organize the home yourself. The Des Moines stagers at Treasured Spaces understand how to best use our time to save you costs on your Des Moines home stagers needs.
No matter what the real estate market is like, selling a home comes down to two major keys: price and look of the home. Des Moines home stagers can help sell your home fast by painting a picture of what you need to do with your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers. This includes work that may need to be done on the inside of your home as well as any landscaping work that may need to be done outside the home.
Increases in homes listed on the market means your home is facing more competition. Des Moines home stagers know that one of the biggest mistakes inexperienced realtors and home sellers make is ignoring the visual aspect of a home. Treasured Spaces Des Moines stagers can create a feel for your home that will make potential buyers say, “I could live here” when they walk in your home.
Staging is not a new concept in the real estate industry, but it has grown over the last 15 years because of the results it brings. A recent survey by potential home buyers conducted by Business Insider Magazine found that home buyers are becoming increasingly picky about how a home looks. 24-hour cable channels like HGTV have shown the average American the potential for beautifully designed homes and has led to an increased expectation among home buyers of what a home should look like. Using Des Moines home stagers will help you compete with homes people see on TV, online and in magazines, as well as the other professionally staged homes in your neighborhood.
Shelly with Treasured Spaces is one of the leading Des Moines stagers and is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP). Treasured Spaces can use our years of Des Moines stagers experience to create a home that will be welcoming to potential buyers and will live up to their increasing expectations of what a home should look like. For more information about Treasured Spaces Des Moines home stagers services please contact us today!MORE >>
By shelly on February 18, 2013
Des Moines home staging is a growing trend because the statistics don’t lie: Staging a home professionally will sell a home faster and for more money than a home that hasn’t been staged. Still many home-owners looking for any advantage to selling their home faster may try to take on some of the staging projects themselves. Treasured Spaces offers staging options from an accredited Des Moines home staging professional. Treasured Spaces provides a few tips to staging a home to sell fast.
Des Moines Home Staging Tip 1: Get Rid of Clutter.
The most important aspect to Des Moines home staging is eliminating clutter in every room in the home. Clutter exists in different ways, but the biggest obstacle to removing clutter is to make sure the room doesn’t have too much furniture. When you enter a room look at it and ask yourself exactly how much of the furniture you really need. If anything can be removed, take it out. In many cases as much as half the furniture in a given room can be removed. Removing furniture will ensure that the home will look much bigger.
Des Moines Home Staging Tip 2: Be Flexible with Furniture.
Another Des Moines home staging option is to be open to moving furniture to different spots in the home. If you bought a chair for the living room, don’t think that it has to be in the living room. That extra piece of furniture in your living room that is making the room look smaller (see tip 1) may be a great anchor chair in a den or study room. And if you have a lot of art in the dining room, but nothing in the bedroom, take a few pieces away from the dining room and add it to the bedroom. This is as important with accessories like lamps, end-tables, etc.
Des Moines Home Staging Tip 3: Use an Odd Number of Accessories
Making a home more inviting is a major key to Des Moines home staging. That means including accessories in a home that will be appealing to potential buyers. Studies have been done on accessories in a home and the results found that odd numbers are what most people prefer. Most responders said that three accessories in a room was the perfect number. Arrange your accessories in a scattered-triangle layout for maximum effect and group by color, shape and/or texture.
Using these tips plus a few others will ensure that your Des Moines home staging will be successful and you will sell your home fast. But if you are struggling with the right Des Moines home staging remember that Treasured Spaces is here to help. Treasured Spaces offers accredited Des Moines home staging services and we get results.MORE >>
By shelly on February 11, 2013
As more people begin to look online before stepping foot in a home, your home’s visual appeal becomes increasingly more important. The National Association of Realtors claim that 93% of potential buyers will look online before considering a visit to a home or a realtor. How your home is displayed through images online can make or break a sale almost immediately. Des Moines stagers like Treasured Spaces can help with your Des Moines home staging to ensure that your home’s pictures won’t be too cluttered or vacant-looking.
Des Moines home staging options offered by Treasured Spaces start at less than the competition. An investment in Des Moines home staging can also provide you with savings. According to Zillow there are several tax deductions you can take advantage of when selling your home. Hiring a Certified Home Stager like Treasured Spaces is one deduction that the government allows. While staging consultation is not a taxable deduction, you can deduct the staging fees if you publicly announce that your home has been professionally staged. In addition the National Association of Realtors did a study on the Return on Investment for home-owners who had their home staged. The NAR found that the average staging investment is around 1-3 percent of the home’s asking price, which generates a home staging ROI of 8-10 percent. Des Moines home staging done in the right way can provide you with other savings.
Using a Des Moines stagers service can be expensive, but it can cost more in the long run if your home sits on the market. Many different studies have been done on home staging and they all come to the same conclusion: Professionally staging a home ensures it will sell faster and for more money. A recent survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation found that professionally staged homes sold for more than 6-percent OVER the asking price. A staged home sits on the market and average of 4 months, compared to 6 months for an un-staged home. This means you can save an average of over $2,000 using a Des Moines home staging service when you factor in the home’s normal costs, like mortgage, utilities, taxes, etc.
Treasured Spaces is the leading Des Moines stagers. We offer a thorough walk through of your home and consultation to give you immediate suggestions to maximize the visual appeal of your home. Treasured Spaces can also take care of your Des Moines home staging needs, to give your home the “Model Home” look that ensures your home will sell quickly and for top dollar.MORE >>
By shelly on January 8, 2013
Des Moines house stagers are part of a nation-wide growing trend that is helping to sell homes quickly. Home staging Des Moines is on a comeback, both here and across the nation. And the facts are supporting what home stagers have been saying for years, homes that use the service of Des Moines house stagers sell faster than those that don’t.
The Real Estate Staging Association conducted a study on 174 homes on the market recently. These homes had been on the market for an average of 156 days before homeowners decided to hire a professional home stager. After experts like Des Moines house stagers stepped in, the staging helped the home sell an average of 42 days after they were re-listed.
Even real estate agents understand the power of home staging Des Moines. A recent survey was conducted by HomeGain of 500 real estate agents that found agents said cleaning, de-cluttering, lighting and staging were among the cost effective ways to prepare a home to sell.
Des Moines house stagers like the professionals at Treasured Spaces can provide several tips for how to sell your home. Sometimes something as simple as a fresh coat of paint will make the difference between a sell and a “no thanks.” Sometimes more elaborate steps need to be taken to ensure a home is as visually appealing as possible to a potential home buyer.
Home staging Des Moines professionals like Treasured Spaces can offer staging options that will help sell your home. Des Moines house stagers at Treasured Spaces specialize in working with the home owner to give the home the proper model home look that buyers can see themselves living in. Treasured Spaces has Des Moines house stagers that are dedicated in providing a thorough walk through of a home and offering tips to home owners on how to take advantage of the home’s natural appeal.
Treasured Spaces Des Moines house stagers will offer suggestions like where to place furniture and peripheral items, how to get rid of your home’s clutter, and redecorating tips. Treasured Spaces Des Moines house stagers can also complete stage the home professionally to ensure your home will sell as fast as possible.MORE >>