If you love houses and decorating or you’re planning to sell your house soon, you’ve probably watched TV programs like A&E’s “Sell This House” or HGTV’s “Designed to Sell.”  These shows promise to let you see “simple updates that make a difference – including a bigger bottom line.”

Unfortunately, not all our homes can be on a TV makeover show.  However, there are many qualified home stagers in Central Texas who can help make the interior and exterior of your house more appealing before you put it on the market.  Both occupied and vacant houses  can be staged.  The stagers come to your house, evaluate the appearance of your home and then help you improve it.  They store your clutter, rearrange your things, buy or rent new linens, furniture, pieces of art and light fixtures; and generally create a warm atmosphere.  And those changes, local real estate agents say, are the key to a quicker sale, at a higher price.

I recommend this when your are selling your home in the Fort Hood Area Real Estate market because a staged house will sell faster, for more money.  It’s an important part of marketing so you can sell quicker.  You have competitors and you must package your home correctly. 

In these economic times, creating a good visual first impression is more important than ever.  I recommend having your home staged and have a virtual tour with so many houses to choose from, a lot of buyers do their shopping online first, and won’t even drive to a house where there are no pictures or virtual tour.

The most important rooms to stage are the ones within view of the front door.  Most buyers you have them or lose them in the first 30 seconds.

Staging adds warmth, color and contrast.  It showcases a home’s features and distracts buyers from home’s imperfections.  It creates a series of positive first impressions.

In addition to creating an attractive atmosphere, the people visiting your home ned to be able to picture themselves living there – which means you have to put away your more esoteric stuff.  Not everyone, for example shares your love of Coca-Cola collectibles, ceramic cats or Christmas tree decorations shaped like Texas.

You should love your home and live in it the way you want to live, but when you have it on the market, it needs to be more neutral.  A lot of people are shopping right now, but not buying.  If something speaks to them then they’ll make an offer.

Potential buyers are not generally that imaginative.  Most people can only envision a room the way they see it presented to them.  Ninety percent of people can’t see it any other way.  In fact buyers often like the staged home so much they sometimes offer to buy the furnishings and artwork, too, so the home can look exactly the way it did when they fell in love with it.