With the current downturn in Redwood Heights home sales, anything that sellers can do to make their home more attractive is worth considering. Whether a potential buyer is looking at a home online, or seeing it in person during an Open House, a bright, clean, and well laid out home will attract attention, and interest. Since homes are often a reflection of the individual owner’s tastes and interests, they might not always have the wide appeal that would interest a broad spectrum of buyers. Knowing this, most agents will encourage sellers to simplify and declutter their homes. Just this simple act has been shown to add $2000.00 on to the sale price of the home according to HomeGain.com. The ultimate goal is to interest as many people as possible, and to allow them to be able to see themselves in that home. The fewer the distractions, the simpler it will be to visualize their version of the decor and floor plan. Some interesting facts have been developed by StagedHome.com about the results of staging on home sales:

a. Staging an average home can cost about $1800.00, while million dollar home staging can cost approximately $5000.00 or more, depending on size.

b. Competition is getting greater if your home is not staged. In 2007, only 5% of the homes were staged. Currently, 25% of homes are being staged.

c. There seems to be a compelling reason to consider staging when it is revealed the 94% of professionally staged homes sell within an average of 29 days or less, while non-staged homes remain on the market from 145-194 days.

d. Often, the visual appeal of handsome furniture laid out in an appealing manner that compliments the home and its floor plan has increased the ultimate selling price of the home. It appears that staging is at least worth serious consideration. While the initial cost must be paid up front, it seems that the ultimate reward in home sales may be worth it.

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