Friday, December 11, 2009
Houses sell better if they look liveable
Want that lived-in look? Lived in but not TOO lived in?
You can hire a live-in stager. Not only does the company bring in neutral furniture and accessories after you’ve left, but a family that will even pay the utilities, insurance and maybe a small rental payment—plus keep the place from looking crummy.
Of course, the sellers do not keep the rental payment—the stager does.
The stagers get to live in a nice home, even if it’s only for a short time.
Kara G. Morrison, AZ Republic, Dec 6, 2009, wrote about this.
Hometenders of America and Showhomes are companies that do this.
This is best for homes over a million dollars and takes an organized person to do it.
Because of this market, though, some live-in stagers get an 8-month run, so it's worth it to them.
Having the home look lived-in removes the desperation would-be buyers might impute to the sellers—therefore,, this approach eliminates many low-ball offers.
Sometimes insurance rates are lower for lived-in homes, too.
Kind of in the win-win-win area, yes?