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.

Trick or Treat…Fright Night For Some Homeowners!

Trick or Treat…Fright Night For Some Homeowners!

HEADLINE:  St Paul, MN Homeowners Are Scared To Open Their Doors….It’s the NEIGHBORS!

Hire an Interior Redesigner to prepare for family and friends during the holidays.Darn those little rascals that need to be accompanied to the door by their parents…they are taking all the fun out of this great holiday.

If opening your front door to trick or treaters and allowing the neighbors to see your living room is scarier than a cemetery full of vampires you should consider hiring an Interior Room ReDesigner.

With interior room redesign you can get a brand new look for your home using the furniture and accessories that you already own…it’s fast, fun, and affordable.

Don’t let the thought of all your friends and family visiting you on Thanksgiving Day fill you with foreboding rather than thanks.  If you are a St Paul, MN homeowner and you are scared to open you door tonight….call for a design intervention right away!

 

Home Staging SUCKS!

First Impressions Happen On-Line…Not Curbside

I bet when you saw the message Home Staging Sucks! in the subject line you thought something was amiss. If you know me, you know that I am passionate about telling anyone that will listen about the benefits of staging…..but here is the truth:

Staging Does Suck

It sucks prospective buyers that are previewing the property on-line into making an appointment to view the property in person!

Real estate professionals and home stagers are always talking to clients about the importance of a positive first impression.

Yes, it is a cliche, and yes it’s trite, but it’s still true. You only get one chance to make a positive first impression.

But here’s the twist

Not long ago that first impression happened when the prospective buyer(s) pulled up to the property. Even if the property didn’t especially grab them they would go ahead and tour since they were already there. Sometimes they discovered that the property had more to offer than they originally thought…sometimes not.

But today, over 90% of buyers will preview properties on-line before they even take the next step to schedule a showing. If the property does not grab them the instant they open the page they click the mouse and move on to the next listing. In a buyer’s market, like the one we are experiencing today, you can’t afford to miss an opportunity.

A staged property will make a great first impression. Care has been taken to insure that the best features of the room are not blocked by furniture or clutter, the lighting in the room is appropriate, the colors have been neutralized and attention has been given to considering how the property will appear in photographs.

If you want to suck in buyers and get showings booked….give me a call today.

Thanks, Christi

651.587.5887

For more information about The Home Staging Coaches services and pricing check out my website at www.homestagingcoaches.com