While you appreciate your decorating tastes, prospective buyers may not. If you are preparing to sell Maryland real estate, you may want to consider home staging; to set help buyers see themselves as the new residents. This can mean making things look inviting, and maybe even changing your home decor to neutral colors.
The Washington Post reported that “According to the HomeGain 2011 Home Improvement National Survey of real estate agents, even do-it-yourself staging — on which Washingtonians spent an average of $350 last year — can bring a $1,500 to $2,000 payback in the sales price.”
The article included typical information about how home staging can make a big difference and there was an interview with a woman who found that staging helped quickly sell a home that had previously attracted little interest. The article told the story of one case of home staging gone awry. In that case the home did not even sell after $16,000 of staging work had been completed. Sometimes too much of a good thing can backfire!
Having a home not sell after being staged is an unusual case, as the experts interviewed observed, empty rooms can look small and lack warmth that sometimes buyers need to visualize themselves in the home. In fact, when it comes to home staging, sellers are often advised to get rid of clutter and even remove some furniture. You want to show what’s possible in the room, but you don’t want the room to seem too full. The most important aspect of home staging is to help the potential buyer see themselves as the new home owner.