Thursday, September 27, 2018 / by Andy Mandel
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Home staging is an essential component to the listing process. This important step can help you attract buyers, sell more quickly, and, ultimately, earn top dollar for your property. For this reason, I recently met with staging expert Bridget King of Captiva Design so she could share some insight on this essential real estate process.
Bridget has had a star-studded track record of success in the staging industry. In fact, you may recognize her from her HGTV appearance, when she helped actress Gabrielle Union with her home transformation. With credentials like that, I think it’s quite clear that Bridget knows what she’s talking about.
So, that said, there are two steps Bridget says you’ll need to take to get started on your staging journey:
Book your staging consultation. Scheduling this appointment, preferably with Captiva Design, is the first step any seller must take on their staging journey.
Attend the walkthrough. After your consultation, your stager will visit your home to discuss your options and develop a plan.
With these tasks taken care of, you can move on to Bridget’s top three staging tips:
Declutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision themselves in your property. They are buying your space, not your things. That said, your home shouldn’t be bland. Some simple pops of color and a little tasteful decor can make all the difference.
Make your home light and bright. Your home should be well-lit, warm, and welcoming to all buyers. Open your blinds and let in the sun to create a beautiful, inviting atmosphere.
Eliminate pet odors. If buyers smell it, you can’t sell it. We may love our four-legged family members, but buyers may not feel so warm and fuzzy about the smells our pets leave behind. Smoke and mold, too, can be extremely off-putting for buyers. In short, your home should smell fresh and clean.
To get in touch with Bridget and her team, or to learn more about Captiva Design, check out their website: http://www.captivahomedesign.com/.
And, as always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.