Your Best Foot Forward
If you’ve ever sold a home, you’ve probably heard the word “staging” so many times from a real estate agent that it has ended up echoing through your head, becoming a mantra for the duration of the sale process. These days, the internet is simply a reality when it comes to selling properties, and it’s best to go with the flow instead of fight it. In other words, no matter how you choose to sell your home, by owner or with a real estate agent, you’ll more than likely be listing it online somewhere. If you want to put your best foot forward, you need to be aware of the benefits of virtual staging, and you may even want to enlist the help of virtual staging companies for maximum benefit.
What Is Virtual Staging?
Home staging is the process of “decorating” photos of a home with online technology. It works especially well for homes that have already been emptied of belongings by making them a little more appealing to potential buyers. Virtual staging allows viewers to actually visualize what things would look like in the home instead of having to make their imaginations work overtime as they concentrate on the home’s features.
Here are a few points to consider when using virtual staging companies to help make your home more marketable.
- Perhaps the most important rule of virtual staging is to mercilessly declutter. It would take more photo retouching magic than you have time to employ to digitally declutter, so go ahead and put away your nonessentials before taking photos for the staging process.
- Make sure you’ve painted your rooms in neutral colors that most people could imagine living in. In other words, springing for that dark eggplant in your powder room just before putting your home on the market probably isn’t a good idea.
- Repair any blemishes that may have cropped up over the years. Make sure there are no cracks in your drywall or tiles that tiles that need to be replaced.
- Keep your potential buyers in mind. If you live in an area where a single professional is likely to buy, market toward that subset rather than a family of five.
- Stage from the outside. Remember that buyers will see the outdoor entrance of your home first, so cut the grass and spruce up the porch.