Home Sweet Stage provides results that help show your property in the best light that it can be seen, and simply put, keeping on a budget - your budget!
My services extend from private parties preparing to sell their homes, to real estate agents wanting to get the most for their clients! I stage vacant homes, and also offer occupied home staging services.
Given years of design experience, both personally and as a dedicated advisor for family and friends, this field was a given when I finally decided to go off on my own. I am finally able to offer my expertise and critical eye to others, locally!
For the first time in a long time, the housing market is healthy. The economy is good. Home sales are brisk. Sellers are competing for buyers. Buyers are competing for homes. In some cases, it can be a bit of a jungle out there, so having an edge matters.
That’s where professional home staging comes in.
Staging is a strategic marketing tool designed to show a property in its best possible light. Great, seasoned professional stagers, and many seasoned realtors, truly believe in the power of this technique no matter the market — potential buyers can see all the possibilities of homes they’re viewing, and sellers can get top-dollar and a quicker sale.
According to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), professionally listed staged properties simply look better; spend 90 percent less time on the market; typically sell for more money; end up on buyers’ “must see” lists; are viewed as “well-maintained;” and have fewer concessions requested of the seller.
The cost to home-stage is typically MUCH LESS than the first drop you might have to make in price, if your home doesn’t sell quickly. Not to mention the time wasted if not staged from the beginning, and any other fees, like for instance an additional month or two of outstanding loan payments, or association dues.
Would staging help you sell your home?
Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer. Given about the same location and asking price, if House X is clutter-free, clean, updated and nicely decorated, and gives you a special ‘feeling’ as you walk through it, and House Y down the street isn’t any of the four, which house do you think has a better chance of selling? It might come down to a simple gut feeling on the part of the buyers. As a buyer, how do you FEEL when you walk through that home? Does it FEEL like your home to you?
Equally mentioned: If you’re a seller, and staying in your home while it’s on the market - once you’ve decided to sell your home it’s time to detach from it. That’s where I come in. I can give it that impartial viewing. I look at your home as a commodity and I want it to sell quickly, and for the most money for you. I’ll ask that you depersonalize it. I’ll ask that you take down your wedding portrait, neutralize your favorite colored walls, and remove your fluffy toilet tank cover. It’s all in the name of ‘selling it’. You’d like your home to sell, let’s make it something everyone else loves, and I mean everyone! It really doesn’t matter what the market is like. Statistics prove that staging a house works.
Home Staging is another form of marketing. You want your house to stand out in a crowd. I look at your home through an objective, yet professional eye. I have the special awareness, the decorative awareness; I keep on top of what’s new and my stages reflect this.
I often tell my clients, “Close your eyes, in your mind walk through a model home. You get a warm and cozy feeling. You love the place, the furnishings, the décor, the ambiance. NOW, close your eyes again… in your mind walk through a cold, vacant home, with dirty carpets, dingy dark walls. Not the same feeling, is it?”
With my 17+ homes of furnishings, accessories, plants, towels and lighting fixtures I can literally stage a vacant home next-day. I can easily squeeze an occupied home staging in, pretty much any given day! Call me, we can talk!
Patty Ouellet 805-714-4891