Marketing is a powerful selling tool, used to sell everything from cat food to cars. Marketing is appealing to the emotions, the senses and the wallet. Knowing how to market your home to successfully to appeal to todays buyer is key when selling your property.
Todays world is very visual, we are bombarded with images on social media, some memorable, some easily forgotten
To sell a product you have to differentiate from the competition to get noticed
You have literally seconds to grab a buyer’s attention
A home is the largest purchase the majority of people will make in their lifetime
Presentation is key to attraction
Staging a home takes all the above and more into consideration. Staging is marketing to appeal to the buyer, the minute you list your home to sell it’s no longer about your tastes and preferences. Your home is a commodity and you need to add the “wow” to attract the right attention to make your property stand out from the competition.
To be successful in marketing a property you need :
An experienced Realtor who will price your home realistically for the market
Quality images for listing, video and social media posts
The right presentation to make your property stand out
The advice of a stager, who knows from experience what will and won’t appeal to todays buyers
Good furniture arrangement is the secret to making a room look it’s best.Yet, most people struggle with what goes where. Have you ever stood at the doorway to a bedroom, or the center of your living room, and wondered, “What’s wrong with this room?” You may sense that the arrangement is awkward, but you’re not sure why. Every room has an ideal arrangement for home staging, and you can discover it by avoiding the most common mistakes.
Too much furniture.
Select your best pieces. It’s better to have a few impressive pieces of furniture, than a roomful of some good and some not-so-good pieces. Keep a few larger pieces (sofa, upholstered chairs, beds, bookcases) unless they are in poor condition or very dated. Colors and styles from a few decades ago don’t make your home look fresh and exciting.
Remember that house hunters are looking at other homes and will compare your home to properties with new and stylish furniture that left them with a positive impression.
Not enough furniture.
Since most people own more furniture than they use, sparse furnishing is more common when a home is unoccupied. When selling a home, key rooms should be staged. House hunters see an unfurnished room as a problem room, one that raises questions. “Did the sellers run out of money? Maybe they’ll accept a low ball offer.”
An empty room also draws attention to minor flaws in a property which would normally not be an issue in a furnished room.
Put some large pieces of furniture in that empty room. If it still looks a little barren, an area rug can unify the grouping that you do have. Add some free standing shelving along the wall or as a room divider. Large artwork will help to warm and define a space.
Buyer’s need to see the full potential of a room. Bedrooms need to be presented as functional spaces and not just an afterthought.
Avoid poor traffic flow
Make sure home buyers can wander effortlessly through all your rooms. The traffic pattern should not pass through a conversation area or snake its way through the room. The walkway should be obvious, and it should look wide and unencumbered. From the entrance of the room, most of the room should be visible, and the door should open wide.
Give a room purpose, the one it was meant for
Each room needs to self explanatory. Will your Realtor have to say, “And this is the Master bedroom” or will it be obvious because you’ve staged it with appropriate furnishings and accessories.
Create a focal point
Every room needs something big that the eye goes to, something that gives a message of comfort and quality. Make your focal point something that sells your home, even if it is not part of the sale, such as a stunning piece of artwork or a well arranged seating area. A view is an excellent focal point, so arrange the furniture to showcase it. When the room has no existing focal point, you’ll need to create one.
Delete too much small stuff
It’s common to see homes with too many small pieces of furniture such as chairs and side tables. Try removing items that don’t contribute to the look you’re aiming for. Unify by using similar colours and tones.
Don’t spread furniture out too much
After you’ve decided what the function of the room is, group the large pieces accordingly – chair at the desk, table in front of sofa, or night stands at either side of bed, for example. Then, add the smaller furnishings so they sit close to the larger ones. Don’t place a tiny pedestal table by itself in a corner, or plop a small bookcase all alone at the end of the room. Thinks pairs and trios.
And if in doubt leave it out.
Less is more when staging to sell.
Staging isn’t decorating, it is marketing to show your home in it’s best possible images.
Prep Home Staging services include furniture rentals, accessory and artwork rentals and cost effective Home Staging Consults with an emailed report.
Hiring a home stylist to prep your home before selling is no longer just an option…….. it is a necessity.
Buyers don’t want boring. They want to see how a home will function for their needs and family life and many homeowners don’t have the vision or expertise to market a home in a way that will excite and entice a buyer to fall in love on the first showing.
Whether repurposing a client’s furniture and accessories or starting with an echoing empty space, a home stylist uses furniture placement, colour and texture to tell the story a home buyer wants to hear. Failing to think it’s not all about the buyer and resisting changing wall colours, fixtures and furniture is minimizing the chance of attracting the right buyer who will pay top dollar for your property.
You may be competing with new homes who have a staged model home with on trend furnishings and accessories. Home builders are now recognizing the value of investing in staging, to sell a lifestyle. Your lifestyle has to appeal to a buyer and staging sets the scene.
A home stylist will assess your property and compile a plan to market your home to the target buyer, so trust your home stylist, we do this for a living and as they say, sometimes you have to spend a little money to make some.
A little sparkle goes a long way, whether staging your home for sale or decorating for the holidays. Nothing brightens a room more than the shimmer of silver, the glint of glass or a flash of chrome. But beware, there is a fine line between too much bling and tasteful sophistication.
Here are some of the ways I like to add glamour to a room, without overdoing it.
Velvet pillows (or upholstery)
Adding any of these accents will instantly add sparkle and update your decor to get your rooms noticed.