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What’s the Point of Home Staging?

By Penny on Aug 05, 2014

Thinking of selling your home? It’s not as easy as it appears, but with tips from experts like Aleksandra Oleksak, Realty Queen herself, you won’t even break a sweat! Like many realtors, Oleksak is a huge home staging enthusiast and supporter, encouraging anyone selling a home to make necessary improvements in order to see a great payoff in the long run.

“Home staging may seem like a lot to do, but it increases the sale price of the home, shortens the length of time it’s on the market and reduces the carrying costs,” she said, adding that although new decor can cost a lot of money upfront, it pays off in the end, “You’re actually investing in home staging.”

Using clever decor and placement of furniture can maximize the space and help homebuyers imagine how they could live there. Consciousness of the demographic in the area is fundamental because trendier communities will gravitate towards modern styles over traditional sofas and classic kitchens.

“It’s not just about decluttering, it’s about coming up with a game plan for the demographic,” said Oleksak, adding that the importance of home staging is giving homes the type of comfortable familiarity that will welcome people and get them to feel like they belong there.

This model suite at ADI Development Group's LINK Condos + Towns is clean, slick, and anyone can recognize the potential of this layout and design. This model suite for ADI Development Group's LINK Condos + Towns is clean, slick, and anyone can recognize the potential of this layout and design.

“Staged homes sell for a lot more and faster,” said Oleksak. If the decor is outdated, buyers are less likely to be enthralled by the potential lifestyle they could be unlocking with the keys. “It helps get people excited.”

Not everyone is a trend aficionado. There is a plethora of qualified home staging professionals that can help you lower the stress factor during the selling process. Though real estate agents can be extremely helpful and have great home staging ideas, companies that specialize in this can even aid homes that are totally unfurnished by bringing in just the right combination of items. “The goal is to make it look spacious, shoppers want to be wowed when they walk into a home, it’s that HGTV factor, where everything is new and shiny.”

Whether you decide to hire a professional or be an adventurous overachiever, keep in mind that you’re no longer decorating for your tastes, rather, to accentuate the attributes of the home and highlight its potential. According to Oleksak, HomeSense is a great place to start!

So, while you're looking for that new home, keep in mind that home staging may be next on your to-do list!

Feature image provided by Aleksandra Oleksak.

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