Home & Garden: The Art of Home Staging

Staging
your home could be the difference between receiving an immediate
offer and waiting on the market for months.

“In
this buyer’s market, it’s critical that a home is accurately
priced and show ready,” said Edmond realtor and resident, Kay
Pratt. “It’s a fact that staged homes sell quicker and for more
money.” 

Competition
is strong and home staging could be your key to a quick and
successful sale. “The biggest benefit of home staging is that
prospective home buyers are able to see themselves living in a home
rather than the current owner and it will often sell faster,” said
Edmond Home Stager and Realtor, Kristyn Grewell.

The
first impression of a home starts with the front yard. “Studies
show that good curb appeal carries a strong to moderate impact on the
salability of a home,” said Pratt. “Not only is good curb
appeal restful and makes a buyer feel welcome, it can also bring as
much as 15% more value to your home.”

Keep
the front of your home clean and manicured. “Approach
your house from all angles to see it from a buyer’s perspective
,”
said Grewell. 

“While
your home is on the market, consider hiring someone to maintain the
yard and landscaping,” Pratt says. “It’s easy to put together a
fabulous container of flowers for the porch or replace a drab mailbox
with a dramatic new one.” The front door is often the focal point
of a home, so consider painting it an inviting color or replacing it.

When
staging your home, you’ll first want to de-clutter and
de-personalize. This is the least expensive and