Home Staging for the Pittsburgh Real Estate Market

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April 15, 2019

Home Staging for the Pittsburgh Real Estate Market

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Sellers often ask why they would need to go through the effort of staging their home if we are experiencing a hot real estate market. The truth is, it is very important to properly prepare and stage your home in any market to attract the most buyers who are willing to pay the maximum sales price for your home. The only factor more important than staging is properly pricing the home.  A 2017 National Association of Realtors survey found 49% of buyer’s agents believe staging affects most buyers’ perception of the home. A well-staged home will photograph well which is very important now more than ever since most buyers are starting their search online. Home staging can often cause many showings and multiple offers.

What does home staging mean?

The goal of home staging is to attract as many potential buyers as possible to tour your home. There is a psychology to the arrangement of furniture and décor to highlight the positive aspects of the home, creating an atmosphere that allows the buyer to visualize themselves living there.

What do you need to do to properly stage your home?

First, you need to declutter and depersonalize. Before you start your packing, get rid of the items that you no longer need or want. During this process, you also need to remove all the personal items including photographs and memorabilia. You will have a head start on your packing. If you do not have adequate storage space, try to get your boxes out of the home.

Second, perform a deep cleaning. Be sure your kitchen and bath sparkle like new. Every nook and cranny should be free of dirt and grime. Don’t forget to clean the windows inside and out.

Third, make any necessary repairs. The buyer of your home will most likely have a home inspection. If you are aware of any repairs that are needed, be sure to do them now. If the home inspector finds a long list of small little things that need to be done, it makes the buyer feel the home was not well maintained. A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference too.

Fourth, furniture arrangement makes a big difference. Your furniture placement can make a room look smaller. Too much furniture in a room can also be very distracting. Furniture that is too large for the space is another problem. Furniture should be placed in a way to make the room look spacious and have a good flow through the home.

Fifth, light up the room. Buyers like to see light and bright spaces. Be sure to have ample lighting. Also be sure the blinds or draperies are open to provide additional natural lighting. Consider adding additional accent lighting in addition to overhead lighting. Be sure all the lightbulbs are working.

Don’t forget about the outside. It is just as important to clean, declutter and stage outdoor areas. Poor curb appeal can prevent buyers from making an appointment to view your home.

Remember that home staging is not about how you live in your home. It may be inconvenient to rearrange things, but if done properly, it will be a short inconvenience and you can get back to living in your home until closing day!

We can help you by either walking through your home giving you ideas of what needs to be done or connecting you with a professional home stager. Call Julie at 412-352-8941 or Nancy at 412-480-6423 for your real estate needs. You can also email us at julie@thesnidergrp.com or nancysnider49@gmail.com. Visit our website at www.TheSniderGrp.com.

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