Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: How Important is Staging, Really?

How Important is Staging, Really?

Stagaing a home for sale is a huge part of the process of putting your house on the market.  There are several shows on TV these days that go into detail about neutralizing the home, decluttering the home, and showing off the spaces within the home.  Many people still are not believers in the power of staging.

Last month, I met with a nice couple and did a walk through of their home. The house was very nice. It was clean and orderly, and it was in good condition. However, even clean, orderly, and good condition don't mean "ready for sale".  I walked them through each and every room.  They made a list of things that needed to be done, and we set a deadline of the end of the month.

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Things to get done included getting rid of wallpaper, replacing the carpet in a couple of rooms, replacing some trim around the floors, removing some furniture and decorations, and trimming the trees and landscaping.  The first and last items are very important and probably the most overlooked by home owners.  The trees and landscaping are the first impression. If they can't see the house because everything is overgrown or looking ugly, they might not even walk into your house.  Staging the outside makes them want to come in.

Once inside, you might think wallpaper is a simple thing to change and that people can look past it and paint themselves, but most buyers can't stand wallpaper and think it's a hassel to get rid of. It's actually very simple, I've done it myself, so go ahead and deal with it so buyers don't have to use it as a reason to count up the cost$ it's going to take them to make it their home.

(I wish I took a pic from the same angle as above, but you get the idea.)

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circle c austin tx house for sale

The outcome with this listing? FULL priced offer in under 48 hours!  When I say full priced, I mean full priced with no closing costs asked for by the buyer! You can't get much better than that... except if it was received in under 24 hours!  Happy sellers, happy buyers... that's what I strive for.

**Are You Packed Yet?**

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

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Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • June 09 2012 12:01PM


Not so important except for those folks without vision enough to see how their stuff fits an empty home.

Or in the case of a hoarder that needs to REMOVE, REMOVE, REMOVE.

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 7 years ago

Donna- remarkable!  I love the difference removing the wallpaper and painting a good neutral color made. I agree, there's a difference between being clean and in good condition and being "show" ready.  You had wise sellers who listened to you. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

WAY TO GO, DONNA!!!  Staging is SO important for putting your best "face" forward when selling a home.  I really like that you specifically address wall paper here.  That is one thing that buyers have a BIG problem seeing past.  I haven't removed wall paper myself, so even I immediately think "lots of work" when I see it.  Suggest!

Posted by Jennifer Prestwich, Madison & Co Properties (Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster) almost 7 years ago

Very neat as a pin staging and wonderful tips Donna. The result was fantastic.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Donna - It is so true the buyers tend to overestimate the amount of money and work it will take to make repairs and updates.  Usually the seller can do them for a lot less than the amount the buyer wants to figure for allowances.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 7 years ago

You are right! Stagging the outside is the most important part of selling a home. If you can't get the outside looking inviting they will not go in.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Great job Donna!  We have our stager go out and stage all of our investment houses and it has resulted in getting them sold in 60 days or less everytime!

Posted by Nick Good, (The Good Home Team with Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Wow. Great job, Donna. It does make a big difference.

Posted by Irina Riley, GRI, SFR, CNE, e-PRO, SRES (American Dream Colorado) almost 7 years ago