Twin Cities Home Stager Has a Question For You

Twin Cities Home Stager Has a Question For You

Hi, I am Christi Bond and I have been providing Real Estate/Home Staging services and advice to homeowners in the Twin Cities, MN metro area for nearly seven years.  My home staging business is called The Home Staging Coaches.  I chose the name because I coach home sellers about the things they can do to  ensure that their property sells fast and  at the best possible price.

The terms property staging, real estate staging, and home staging all refer to the same thing. If you are not familiar with the term here is the definition:

Home Staging definition: (verb) The act of preparing a property to look visually appealing to the maximum number of buyers before placing it for sale.  The goal of home staging is to sell the property fast for the highest possible price.

One of the services that I offer is called a staging consultation.  During a home staging consultation I walk through your property with you and we talk about quick and budget friendly changes that you can do to make the property show well and appeal to the broadest spectrum of buyers possible.

Of course we start out the conversation with some small talk to get comfortable with one another.  One of the questions I will always ask is:

WHY ARE YOU MOVING?

Why are you moving? Now I could be asking this question just to make small talk, or because I am curious, but that isn’t my motivation.  I ask this question to see if it provides any insights that could be of interest as we tour the home.

Here is what I mean.  I ask the question; why are you moving?

You respond;

  • We have outgrown this house, or
  • We are moving to a newly constructed house that doesn’t require as much upkeep, or
  • We are downsizing and moving to a condo where we won’t have to worry about exterior maintenance, or
  • We don’t like the noise of being so close to the high school, or
  • We are being relocated by my employer, or
  • This house was built 13 years ago and it is starting to need a lot of updates.

Do you see how your response to the question provides me with some clues as to what we need to pay particular attention to as we tour the property?

For example, if you tell me that you have outgrown the property we will pay special attention to all storage areas.  It will be very important that the message “this house is too small” is not broadcast to prospective buyers.  Your goal as a seller will be to make it look like you have lived in the home for years and still haven’t been able to fill it up.

If you tell me you don’t like living so close to the high school we will want to make sure that the home appeals to families with children who would see the proximity to the high school as a plus not a minus.

The only response that doesn’t give me clues for things to look for during the home staging consultation is “we are being relocated”.  But I won’t stop there, I’ll ask the followup question. Do you wish you could take this property with you when you move?…and I’ll be listening closely to your response.

As you begin to develop a staging plan or checklist ask yourself, Why Are We Moving?  You may find it enlightening.

If you live in the Twin Cities, MN metro area and would like the help of a professional home stager I’d be happy to help you with your
project. Please call me at 651.587.5887  or you may contact me by email.