Did you know that the last few house finishing touches are the most profitable? When I taught investing classes and worked with my clients I would view the properties they were fixing up and were amazed that they would do a terrific job on the major items, but leave the last few details either unfinished or rather blaaaaah. When selling in home, you need to make your house stand out in this competitive market.
I have a good friend in the business. Her name is Karen Cormier. She is an accomplished broker and has done an unbelieable job in her brokerage business using her professional staging techniques. Karen would tell you that staging a house makes an unbelievable difference, not only in the price of the home, but also in the reduced marketing times. I remember working with Karen and her telling me of a listing in Bedford that she sold. In that transaction, the house was dreary and each of the other broker who provided CMA's said the house would sell in the Mid $400's. Karen ended up getting the listing and spent 2 days with the seller "Staging" and doing a "mini-make over". She ended up listing the property for $529,000 and sold it for $529,000 in 7 Days!!!!. Staging got the seller's about $70,000 more on the sale. Isn't it worth the time, effort or money?
The point is that if you want top dollar, you can't have a bargain basement home presentation. Whether you have a million dollar home in Bedford, a starter home in Manchester or a condo at Hampton Beach you must STAGE!!!!!.
I consider Karen the area's staging expert. She is someone I utilize when I stage my listings. If you would like to contact Karen you can reach her at email@example.com
On a lighter note, I am watching the Red Sox in s slugfest with the Rays as I write this. Here is to good staging and fast sales on your homes and a Big Papi 3-run homer later tonight!! :)