Yes, the spring real-estate market has sprung…
Regardless of what time of year it is experts agree that staging one’s home is important when listing it for sale. They’re right. In my experience, the benefits of staging are two-fold. Firstly, when listing photos are taken, staged homes’ photos tend to turn out more appealing. The extra effort absolutely translates to the photographs. Secondly, when potential buyers walk through that front door, a carefully curated home will leave a better impression than an interior that has not had any special attention. As a real estate photographer, I deeply appreciate it when a seller has staged their home. However, staging goes beyond a good vacuuming/dusting. The devil is in the details, as it were.
Where to start? Fret not–we’ve put together a list of spectacular spring staging standards:
A Prim and Proper Yard
Before potential buyers even step foot inside of a home, their very first impression comes from a home’s exterior. A messy, debris filled yard translates to “omg, this will take to much work to maintain.” Take the time to clean up leaves/sticks, invest in professional mulching, if you please, and flowers never hurt. Take a look at our listing in Bedminster, Pennsylvania that did a great job of getting their yard in shape.
Curate Color Inside
Take control of color schemes. You want to create a space that potential buyers feel they could make their own without making it look too sterile. Put away heavy winter patterns and use neutral tones as your backdrop. When accenting a room, stick to one accent color or use the color wheel to pick out complementary colors. Take a look at this listing in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia:
Open up the Pool (even if it’s too cold to swim!)
A closed, covered pool is never as appealing as an opened one. Additionally, an opened, clean pool translates as less work for potential buyers. Don’t fret if the weather isn’t quite warm enough to take a dip–it’s the appearance that counts. Check out these two spectacular listings: