Tips for selling your Rockland County NY Home

18 01 2008

The spring real estate season is just around the corner for Rockland County Homeowners.  It may seem like winter is afoot but before you know it the flowers will be in bloom and the real estate market will be in full swing. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your home ready for sale.

Taking care of minor renovations early will ensure that your home is ready to be photographed and ready to be listed.   Here are some helpful home staging tips to consider before listing your home for sale.

  • Declutter – Clutter eats equity!  It is important to get your home as streamlined as possible.  Potential buyers want to be able to view the floor plan and architecture, not your distracting treasures.  Take a few days and pack things that will detract from your home.
  • Neutralize – Bold colored walls, floral wall paper, stylized rooms may be perfect for your personality but they do not have universal appeal.  You do not want buyers to remember your home for its quirky decorating – the house should be the star.  Neutral colors have a broader appeal.
  • Sniff test – Your home should not have any identifiable odors from pets, food or mildew.  It is important to address these problems now, trying to cover them with deodorizers is never the answer.
  • Emotional Connections – Now that your home is decluttered and neutral it is time to add those homey touches that will make buyers fall in love with the home.

It is often best to hire a professional home stager to assist you with this process.  It is hard to take and objective look at your home.  Buyers today are savvy and their expectations are high.  Staging your home will ensure that it is in show condition and that you get top dollar when selling.

Call The Staging Prince today for a professional consultation to take the guesswork out of getting your home ready for sale.  (845) 875-4561.





A total home transformation.

25 12 2007

In today’s competitive market homeowners are faced with some unsettling choices. Homes are sitting for months without any buyer interest. Homeowners can undercut the value of their home or choose a more proactive approach with Home Staging.  Home Staging is the process of getting your Rockland County NY home ready for sale by a professional who has been trained in professional home staging techniques.

Often homeowners know that something needs to be done but they are not sure where to start or how to proceed.   Realtors will give the owners feedback that may not be positive, but offer no suggestions for enhancing the property.  This leaves everyone feeling frustrated.

The Staging Prince offers easy and affordable staging solutions. Typically in Rockland County NY and Bergen County NJ the homes were built in the early 1960’s and remodeled in the late 70’s or early 80’s. These homes are stuck in decorating time warp of avocado appliances, dark paneling and shag carpet. The good news is that the fixes may not be as costly as you thing and the transformations are just the thing to get your home sold for top dollar.

At The Staging Prince we partner with local contractors to help homeowners complete their staging transformations as inexpensively as possible and in a timely manner. We work with electricians, painters, flooring contractors and cleaning services. We will help you plan out and complete the work necessary to update the look of your home.

Consider the following home transformation. The homeowners invested $5000 in renovations and will hopefully increase the value of their home by 6%. That is a large return on their initial investment.

Call The Staging Prince today to take the guesswork out of getting your home ready for sale: (845) 875-4561.





Staging a Vacant Home

2 10 2007

Selling a vacant home in Rockland County NY can be a challenge. Vacant homes are difficult for several reasons:

  • There is no furniture to give buyers a sense of scale. Vacant homes appear smaller because there is nothing in the room use as a reference point.
  • When there is no furnishings in a home every tiny flaw and imperfection is magnified. Home stagers never cover flaws, but when the home is furnished the tiny dings in the sheet rock or minor flaws are not the only things that potential buyers will focus on.
  • It is difficult to fall in love with a vacant home. They are cold and impersonal. Buying a home is an emotional decision and when the home is vacant it is harder to picture yourself living there.
  • In a vacant home the rooms do not have a defined purpose – buyers are left to guess what is the intended purpose of each room. At Rockland Home Staging we ensure that each room has a clear purpose and is welcoming and inviting.

According to the National Association of Realtors the number of vacant homes is on the rise. Why not have your home professionally staged to ensure you get the highest price for your home. The cost of staging a vacant home is always less than the cost of the first price reduction.

Which home would you rather buy?

bedroom before Bedroom After
The in a leading national study on home staging it was reported that homes that have been staged sell for an average of 6.3% more money. Call Rockland Home Staging today to set up an appointment to have your vacant home in Rockland County staged today (845)731-9510.

We turn home browsers into home buyers.





Can home staging help you sell your home?

4 09 2007

What is Home Staging?

  • Preparing a home prior to sale.
  • The goal of staging is to sell a home quickly and for the most money possible by appealing to the broadest market of potential home buyers.
  • Decluttering is just a tiny piece of staging. Staging is making a home appeal to buyers through needed repairs, upgrades, updates, cleaning, depersonalizing and rearranging furnishings.

What are the Benefits of Staging?

  • According to research homes that have been staged sell in 50% less time.
  • Staged homes sell for 6.3% more money.
  • Homes that have been staged look better online which leads to increased traffic.

When Should a Home be Staged?

  • Ideally, homes should be staged prior to going on the market and before the MSL listing photos.
  • Staging works best before the first open house – it is hard to recapture that “new to the market” buzz.
  • Will home staging help an older listing? Absolutely – it is never too late to stage a home.

When you are thinking of putting your Rockland County NY, Bergen County NJ or Hudson Valley home on the market, call The Staging Prince at 845-875-4561 for a professional consultation before you list. We can help you take the guesswork out of getting your home ready for sale.





Virtual Tours – For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Rockland County NY and Bergen County NJ

24 08 2007

Rockland Home Staging now offers Virtual Tours like the one below for Rockland County NY and Bergen County NJ FSBO’s!!! Increase your web presence with a custom virtual tour.

FSBO Virtual Tour

Rockland Home Staging can help local homeowners that are trying to sell their home on their own.

In addition to home staging services we offer, real estate photography, custom fliers and virtual tours. The virtual tours can be posted to Realtor.com for a nominal fee.

When trying to sell your home For Sale By Owner it helps to have a good internet presence, photography and custom virtual tours . We will help make your home more visible in the internet.

Make your FSBO in Rockland County NY stand out from the crowd.

Remember the next home is only a click away. Call Rockland Home Staging today to take the guesswork out of getting your home ready for sale. (845)731-9510





How Can We Help Reators in Rockland County NY and Bergen County NJ?

12 08 2007

Rockland Home Staging Rockland Home Staging

For Realtors and homeowners in Bergen County NJ and Rockland County NY

How can we help you?

By Maureen Henry

What is home Staging?
Home staging is the process of getting a home ready for sale. Staging is an inexpensive but proven process for maximizing a home’s resale value. At Rockland Home Staging we employ our creativity and expertise to professionally prepare each home for sale. In Rockland County’s competitive real estate market, it is imperative to make the home immediately attractive to potential buyers.

Benefits of Staging
Staged homes spend 50% less time on the market.
Studies have shown that Staged homes sell for 6.3% more money.
Staged homes show better on MLS which drives more traffic to the home.
Agents that offer Staging as part of their listing package attract more clients.

According to the National Association of Realtors there are more homes currently on the market then there have been in the last ten years. Realtors need to help their clients make their homes stand out in this competitive market.

Staged Home Advantage
In real estate there are four major contributing factors in any real estate transaction. You must consider the market, location, condition and price. You do not have control over the market or the location of the home, but you can improve the condition to maximize the sale price. Homeowners need to make their home memorable. It has been said that buyers make up their mind about a home within the first 15 seconds.

Home buyers have many choices and are often visiting dozens of homes before settling on the right one. At Rockland Home Staging we make those initial impressions count.

When To Stage
Every home can benefit from Professional Home Staging regardless of price or location. For maximum benefit you should have your home staged prior to putting it on the market. Stage it, List it, Sell it. According to the National Association of Realtors the longer a home remains on the market the lower the selling price will be. It is best to make the right first impression from the beginning. If your home has been on the market for a while Rockland Home Staging will enhance the homes positive features and maximize your homes market potential.

Home Staging Costs
You don’t spend money on home staging, you invest in it. Having a home professionally staged results in less time in the market and increased sales price. Rockland Home Staging specializes in inexpensive transformations for the Rockland County homeowner.

Real Estate Partnerships
We offer realtor partnership programs. Special discounted pricing is available.

Please call for details.





The Real Estate Trifecta

8 07 2007

In today’s competitive real estate market Rockland County NY and Bergen County NJ homeowners need to be savvy in order to get the greatest returns on their investment. For most people the sale of their home is the largest financial transaction they will ever undertake. Homeowners should not leave their fate up to change. I think a lot of people spin the wheel and let fortune decide their fate, but their is a better way. I call it the Real Estate Trifecta.

The components of the Trifecta are simple:

  1. Home Staging
  2. Fantastic agent
  3. Professional photography / web presence

With these three components in alignment success will surely be the outcome.

Stage it, List it, Show it, Sell it!

Lets take a moment to go through each element:

Home Staging:

Home staging is the process of getting a home ready for sale. Statistics show that homes that have been professionally staged sell for up to 6.3% more and spend 50% less time on the market. Home Staging is an inexpensive but proven process for maximizing a home’s resale value. Home Stagers employ creativity and expertise to professionally prepare a home for sale. For the best results the home staging should be competed prior to the first showing of the home.

Fantastic Agent:

It has been said that if you don’t have a friend that is a real estate agent, then you must not have many friends. With so many agents out there finding the right one is critical. Real estate transactions are complicated, and if you’re like most home owner, all your greatest assets is on the line. But all real estate agents aren’t created equal. It is important to interview several agents and ask a lot of questions. You can research agents online to help narrow down your search. It is also helpful to ask family and friends that have recently sold for a recommendation. It is important to trust your agent and have similar goals for the marketing of your home. Please contact me if you would like me to refer you to a Realtor in Rockland County NY or Bergen County NJ. I would be happy to help you narrow down your choices.

Professional photography / web presence

The National Association of Realtors reports that more than 80% of home buyers are starting their search online so beautiful pictures or virtual tours can really drive traffic to your home. With so many homes on the market today buyers are narrowing their search down using the photos and virtual tours posted online. Your home may show beautifully, but if the listing photos do now reflect that then buyers may not get the chance to view it in person.