Why stage a vacant home?
One of the challenges of trying to sell a vacant home is that buyers can often have a hard time visualizing themselves living there. Staging helps remedy that by appealing to the positive emotions of a buyer, creating a higher perceived value, and helping to sell not just the home, but a lifestyle. When rooms are unfurnished they actually feel smaller than they are; so a buyer might be unsure how to position furniture or if their current furniture will fit. Buyers also notice more flaws when a home is vacant and might incorrectly assume a home needs a lot of work when it really needs minimal cosmetic updating. Additionally, a vacant property can give buyers the impression a seller is desperate, which could result in lower offers.
How does it work?
We start with a walkthrough of the property, looking at your home through a buyer’s eye. Your consultation can be a Walk & Talk Consultation (where you take the notes) or you can choose to receive the Basic Consultation, which includes a detailed, room-by-room written report of things you can do to best showcase your home’s assets.
We have a great deal of experience with properties that have formerly been rentals or have been vacated due to a trust sale. If there are several areas of the home that need a “facelift”, we offer a Staging Consultation & ReDesign Package to help you get the home up-to-date and the best possible sale price. In addition to the Basic Consultation with a written report, you will also receive detailed material suggestions and budget options for simple projects. This is not remodeling. We are simply showing the potential of the home through easy and inexpensive upgrades. You will receive a design board showing examples of what we are recommending (i.e. light fixtures, paint swatches, cabinet hardware, window treatments) and a budget option spreadsheet. Once we have a final budget we then order the items and coordinate the work on your behalf, making the process as stress-free for you as possible. On time. On budget.
For the best possible return on investment, we offer a Deluxe Vacant Staging Package. This includes all of the above plus measurement and room design. It also includes the loan and installation of furniture, art, and accessories to help enhance the beauty of your home and appeal to the greatest number of buyers possible.