by Dan Wolf
on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 4:40pm.
Staging a home was something you’d expect only in luxury homes featuring in magazines or HGTV, but now it's more mainstream. When home selling in Anchorage, Alaska, it’s extremely important to get your home in the best state possible to show. Some home sellers believe myths about home staging, according to a recent article by Gannet News Service. By working with a reputable Realtor in Anchorage who has helped sellers compete in the current housing market, you can get the edge you need to sell at top dollar and in less time. First, put aside some of the misconceptions you have about staging a home.
• I can sell my home ‘as is’
Although it’s up to you if you want to sell a home without any staging, it could take a lot longer if you don’t freshen up. Whether you use DIY staging tips or hire a person who stages homes for a living, you need to look at your home through the eyes of a prospective buyer.
• All I need to do is clean
While cleaning is an important part of getting your home ready to show, cleaning and de-cluttering is only one part of the equation. Prospective buyers will walk around your home, noticing how easy or difficult it is to get around. Part of the process is organizing, moving around furniture and showing off your home’s best features and assets.
• It costs too much
It doesn’t have to cost anything to stage your home. Some people get creative by setting up a chess set or a basket of fruit on the counter so buyers can imagine how they would use different rooms. One smart way to save money is to buy new furniture for your new home, but use it in the current home for staging. Experts say staging can increase the sales value of your home by as much as 5 to 7 percent.
Other myths about staging when home selling include the idea that it’s just about decorating or that it’s only for vacant homes. If anything, most owner-occupied homes in Anchorage need staging even more. At Wolf Real Estate, we can help you list your home as well as provide you with maintenance and home staging tips. For more information on home selling, please contact us at 907-248-9653 or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.