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Home staging: A strategic move for higher selling price

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Real Estate Law |

Pricing your house is a crucial step in selling your home. The asking price is the first thing buyers look at when considering a property. It can influence their decision to learn more about your home or move on to the next listing. Once they’re intrigued, maintaining their interest through home staging is key.

Home staging involves cleaning and rearranging furniture to make your home look its best. The goal is to create a visual appeal that attracts buyers and helps them feel at home.

When a home showcases its best features, it can sell for 1% to 5% more than the original asking price. So, the effort you put into staging your home can yield significant rewards.

To assist you, here are some tips for staging a home for sale.

Tips for staging a home

Staging your home means making it inviting so potential buyers can picture it as their own. Here are ways to help you achieve that:

  1. Declutter: A clean, clutter-free home is appealing and makes the space look larger and more inviting. Devote time to clearing out each room by removing unnecessary items to reveal your home’s full potential.
  2. Depersonalize: Your personal items might distract buyers from visualizing the space as their own. Put some items away so buyers can imagine decorating the home in their own style.
  3. Illuminate: Good lighting can make your home more inviting. Draw the curtains, clean the windows and, if necessary, switch to brighter light bulbs to highlight the best parts of your house.

Beyond these tips, consider rearranging your furniture. The arrangement can positively influence the perceived style of your house. Enhancing an appealing house with better furniture won’t hurt when showing it in person or through photographs.

Legal considerations when staging

Staging your home can make a great first impression and hold the potential buyers’ interest from the moment they see it. However, be aware of your obligations. Massachusetts law requires sellers to disclose any known physical defects in the property not readily observable by the buyer. If you know of a defect, you must legally disclose it to buyers. Concealing a defect with staging could be misleading, potentially leading to legal action if buyers discover the defect after purchase.

Consulting an attorney can be beneficial in a home sale. The right legal assistance can help you avoid staging missteps that could be construed as false advertising.