You have no doubt heard about the importance of staging... light, decluttered and sparkling clean. If you are targeting the generation born between 1980 and 1995, here are some other things to keep in mind... most of them want a home that is move-in ready, with modern furnishings and colors. They don't want to buy grandma's house... and they also don't want to buy their parent's house. They want a fresh, hip style... but they don't have the time, money or desire to do the work themselves.
The problem is, if you have lived in your home a long time there is a good chance it may also have furnishings and accessories collected over many years... things such as collectibles and doilies that scream 'OLD'. Even though your furnishings won't be sold with your home, they could have a negative effect on potential buyers. They want updated decor.
This is why meeting with a stager is so important. Sometimes tweaking a few things can update your decor without a major investment. If not, what often yields the best return is clearing out all your furnishings and possessions... then following your stager's advice on painting and updates before having your stager bring in updated furnishings to show your home in its best light.
That's what the sellers did with the house below. They didn't do a home renovation but they did paint and stage the home... and got to choose their buyer from 13 offers!!!
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Minneapolis-St. Paul Listing Agent