Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Wait to Stage Your House.
Real Estate agents and Home Stagers hear this all of the time from sellers:
“Let’s wait to see how it goes before we do anything.”
What are you waiting for?
You’ve hired the most qualified agent in your area to represent you in the sale of this very large investment that you have. They have explained the current market and given you their educated opinion on the best list price.
There are some items they suggest you consider to help make your house market ready.
But- you want to wait a month or so to see what happens.
Here are 6 reasons why you don’t want to wait to get your house in market ready condition.
1.Newly listed homes are hot commodities. However, the longer it sits, it is like a loaf of stale bread. Buyers and other agents may pass it by for the newest listing.
2.You may think that you’re saving money by waiting to invest in staging but are you?
Often, after your house has been on the market a month, your agent may suggest a price reduction. Afterall, when a property isn’t selling, the overriding reason is the price.
Whatever that figure is, it’s often much less than what the cost of staging your home (either via a consultation or a full staging with furniture) would have been.
3. A “What’s wrong with it?” cloud starts to hang over it.
You know what it’s like…. you see a house, everything seems right from the MLS, good location and the price is right. Why hasn’t it sold?
Buyers make the assumption that there must be or why wouldn’t it have sold.
In today’s market, with inventory running low in many areas, properties typically don’t sit IF…
*They are priced with the market in mind
*The location is Buyer-friendly
*The property is in good condition relative to the asking price.
4. The longer your house is on the market, the longer you and your family “get” to live like you’re living in a model home.
No one enjoys having their house on the market…. having to make sure that everything is picked up and that strangers will be going through your house.
5. Think of what what it could be costing you every day that your house sits on the market.
-Your mortgage payment
-Insurance for your house
- Missing out on the perfect house
6. Images can last in a buyer’s or agent’s mind for a long time.
With over 90% of buyers beginning their search on the Internet, your MLS photos will be their first impression of your house. It’s the same with agents as well.
If you decide to “see how it goes” you may not get that second chance with potential buyers or agents.
They’ve already seen your before photos.
So, tell me again… why is it you want to wait before you stage your house?