Staging your Mesquite NV home to sell - present your home at it's best

Reblogger Virginia Hepp
Real Estate Agent with ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale

Is your Mesquite home staged to sell?  Or is it just beautifully decorated to your tastes?  Most sellers do not realize how well their home can show - and some staging tips are simple and inexpensive.  A seller should look at their own home from a buyer's eyes.

Staging doesn't just mean putting out some cute decor and a welcome mat - :)

Thanks to Janet Jones - 10 answers sellers give when asked why they do not stage their home when listing it for sale?

Original content by Janet Jones

Home Staging1.  We want to test the market for 90 days.  And on the 91st day?  Price reduction--and 90 days worth of potential buyers who have already eliminated your property. 

2.  It costs too much money.  I have never seen a home where the staging costs would have exceeded the first price reduction.  And that doesn't even factor in the monthly carrying cost of the home. 

3.  We can't stage the house, we're living in it.  One common misconception is that staging is only for vacant homes.  Every home/condo can be staged, and you can actually live in it after staging.   

4.  We didn't have to stage any of the other properties we sold over the years.  Yes, once upon a time you could generate three offers by 5 p.m. on the same day your Realtor put the For Sale sign in your yard.  Not now.  Buyers are picky and they have a lot of homes to choose from. 

5.  Everyone loves our house so buyers will love it, too.   What you, your friends and relatives love about your house may not be what today's buyer wants.  Sellers are often baffled by the feedback they get after showings--amazed that buyers have found things they don't like about the property. 

6. We can clean the carpets and declutter without someone telling us how.  Yes, you can (and should) do this, but it is a tiny piece of staging.  Do you know what separates  "clutter" from "asset"?  And what about all the other things that staging encompasses, like traffic flows, highlighting architectural features, updating, and appealing to your target market?

7.  We have no desire to remove/change our _______________ (wallpaper/mirrored tile/gold faucets/paneling/dated light fixtures . . .).  And neither do buyers.  Better to keep your home or be ready to sell at a deep discount. 

8.  The view alone will sell this place.  Then why many months later are these great view homes/condos still on the market?  Could it be that buyers want something to go with the view--like a comfortable, move-in ready home?

9.  We would rather let the buyers makes their own paint/flooring choices.  And that equals a price reduction.  If buyers do make an offer on your home they will double or triple the cost of these items and reflect that in their discounted offer price--which includes a deduction for the inconvenience. 

10. Our home is professionally decorated.  A professionally decorated home is tailored to the owner's particular needs.  Does it work for the new buyer's needs?  You could see #1 above . . . .

These are all great reasons--

  • for price reductions
  • for extended time on the market
  • for buyers not coming to look at your home
  • for buyers not coming back for a second look

There are dozens of reasons not to stage, but only one good reason to stage--getting your home sold faster for the highest possible price.  Staging is preparing your home for sale and creating a home that buyers want to buy.  If you want to be in the best competitive position in this market today, consult with a professional home stager before listing your property for sale. 






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Petra Norris
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.
Great source of information on how to stage your Mesquite home properly. Thank you for the sharing and keep up the good work!
May 04, 2013 07:00 PM
Melissa Muse Wiggans
CRS, GRI, ABR - San Antonio Tx Real Estate
Real Estate Muses
Hello Virginia, hope many of your avid readers and followers were able to find this article helpful on how one can stage their home for the market. Glad that you have reposted this article. All the best!
May 04, 2013 07:18 PM
Pat & Ed Okenica
Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate
RE/MAX Agents Realty Lake Oconee Ga
Excellent repost that provides information on staging a home for the market. I'm sure this will come very handy in the future. Thank you for sharing Virginia and stay the most reliable real estate specialist in your area.
May 13, 2013 03:48 AM
Waynette Hoover Araj
RE/MAX Central Realty
Clear, precise and easy to understand article that focuses on staging one's Mesquite NV home. This will be a good source of information to home owners planning to sell their property. Thank you for sharing this repost Virginia.
May 18, 2013 02:28 AM
Virginia Hepp
Mesquite NV MLS - Sun City Mesquite - 55+ Buyer Re
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale

Thanks, Katerina and Ericka!

Melissa and Petra - it is so helpful, thanks to Janet Jones.

Pat and Ed, I have sent it to several sellers, should help.

Waynette, we don't have any stagers here, so I provide info.

June 23, 2013 03:09 PM

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