Getting Your Home Ready For Sale


According to NAR's (National Association of Realtors(r) findings, 37 percent of sellers' agents surveyed said home staging raises the value of the property by 1-5%.  I can't say from my own experience that it raises the value in our local market, but it certainly shortens the marketing time. 


Most buyers do their online research before to choosing which homes they want to see.  It is critical that your agent is not only proficient in taking quality real estate photos, but that the photos and home staging are strategic, focusing the buyer on the best attributes of your home.   


I have invested in continuing education to learn this strategic methodology.  I hold a certification as an Accredited Staging Professional, ASP(c).  In addition I have taken photography courses specific to real estate and have purchased quality camera equipment and software needed to achieve quality photographs for web and print publication.


Before the staging and photographs, there is advance prep work that you can do to get your home ready.  Check out these links for tips:


http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/30-cant-miss-home-staging-tips


 


http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/staging-tips


 


http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2008/02/staging-small-things-can-make-big-difference


 


http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/home/article/2010/08/8-camera-tips-capture-rooms-size


 


http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/home/article/2010/07/make-small-spaces-bigger-5-ways-show-space


 


http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2010/03/designing-for-women-see-it-her-perspective


 


http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/selling-your-home-11-spots-to-declutter-before-the-open-house-239813