People sell their homes for many reasons. They take a new job in another state. They decide to downsize. They want to head for warmer climates. The list goes on and on. But the saddest reason I’ve encountered…and it happens more often than you think…is when a homeowner has simply fallen out of love with their space. The house has become too small. Too dated. Too this or too that.
When that happens, the house itself really shouldn’t take all the blame. As with any relationship, the relationship with your space has to be nurtured to maintain that same passion you had for it when you first hooked up. And if you don’t rekindle that bond from time-to-time…if you don’t show it some love by freshening up the paint, repairing whatever’s broken, and unloading all that extra baggage you’ve likely brought on board…you’re bound to see that relationship dissolve as the passion starts to dwindle.
If I had a dime for every listing I staged that prompted the owner to change their mind and stay put instead of selling…I’d have a heck of a lot of dimes! I once staged three different listings in a row for the same Realtor, all of whom decided not to sell after falling back in love with their home. I took it as a compliment, though I did feel pretty bad for the agent who had already put in so much time and effort. Not really fair to him, though he was happy his clients had found true love once more with the space they already had.
This is just one of the many reasons to have your house professionally staged before you put it on the market. Before you hire a Realtor and waste their time. Before you do something drastic. Because a professional stager can bring out the best in your property, recommend inexpensive updates, and offer up solutions for all that’s ailing, they are always a good investment…even if you’re still undecided.
When a stager can help you fall in love with your house all over again, they are worth their weight in gold. If not, you’re not out anything because now your house is ready to sell to someone who truly will love it as you once did!
If you and your house are going through a rough patch and you’re considering ending your relationship for good, check out our list of Home Staging Experts® here and find out. They say that breaking-up is hard to do. But hiring a qualified Home Staging Expert® is not!