HomeGain has released their 2012 National Home Improvement Survey Results. To get these results HomeGain surveyed 500 real estate agents nationwide. These real estate professionals determined the top 10 low cost, DIY improvements for preparing a home for the market.
The top 5 recommened improvents
Each of these improvements is essential when placing your home on the market. The one thing that I would like to point out is that as an Accredited Staging Professional Master (ASPM) I advise my clients on all of the above with the exception of repair electrical & plumbing. Electrical and plumbing should be inspected and repaired by professionals in those respected fields.
Cleaning & de-cluttering, lightening & brightening and landscaping are all part of the Home Staging Consultation. As a trained Home Staging Professional I can provide tips to my clients on
- What to clean and what to pack up.
- Cleaning windows inside and out. On which light fixtures to replace. I can even help them pick out light fixtures that will enhance the space.
- Landscaping tips such as removing dead plants and weeds, planting fresh flowers and putting down fresh mulch. My tips for improving curb appeal.
- Lastly, I can provide my clients with Home Staging tips as well as with hands on staging services.
Think that is all a trained Home Staging Professional can do? I can also advise my clients on items 6-10 on the survey.
The point of this is not to go against HomeGain’s survey because the information that it provides is very helpful. I even share HomeGain’s survey results with my clients. With that being said it is important that the public is educated on what Home Staging is. Home Staging is more than fresh flowers, cute pillows and playing soft music. Home Staging is the process of preparing a home for sell so that it appeals to the most amount of buyers, sells for the most money in the least amount of time. An experienced and trained Home Staging Professional will provide a Staging Plan that will outline everything necessary to get a home market ready. At the end of the day we have the same goal as the Seller and Realtor and that is to get the property SOLD!
Happy Selling, Happy Staging!