Kathy Henne: Raise the curtain on your staged home


Both homeowners and real estate agents are best served when a home sells quickly for a good price. There are many steps both parties can take to achieve that goal, and a recent trend is proving its value: whether the local market is hot or cool, statistics reveal that a “Staged” home will sell faster and for a higher price.

This service is called Staging because it’s basically about the “theater.” Your real estate professional assesses your home’s strongest and weakest features, and creates a series of “scenes” that are sure to appeal to your “audience” of buyers.

There are four major areas of concern: cleanliness, openness, color, and compromise. Cleaning your home seems obvious, but we’re talking about the “white glove” treatment here – on every surface. Openness means a decided lack of clutter as well as arranging or removing furnishings to impart a sense of space.

The colors in your home and on its walls also convey this idea. Dark colors make a room seem smaller and light colors make it seem bigger. You will see the difference it makes in your rooms.

But what about that “compromise” part? It simply means that we all understand that lack of time or budget makes it necessary to focus on those improvements that will have the biggest impact, and not sweat every little detail. Ask your agent for guidance and trust their judgment.

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