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Staging the vacant house

 Interior of a vacant house

It’s hard enough for the average homebuyer to picture themselves living in a home crammed full with the homeowner’s personal items. It’s even harder when the home is empty. Sure, a blank slate may entice a few, but the majority of buyers want to be able to picture the lifestyle each particular home offers.

So, let’s look at some ways to make that vacant Wasilla home looked lived-in and entice homebuyers while we’re at it.

The professional home stager vs DIY

If you’ve ever toured a model in a new home community you’ve seen staging at its finest. Professional designers know how to appeal to the masses and leave no stone unturned when decorating these homes. They can do the same for your vacant home, for a price. A professional, whole-house staging may cost between $2,000 and $25,000.

Or, you can try your hand at decorating the home yourself. Rent-a-Center in Wasilla rents not only furniture, but appliances as well. Still too expensive? Take some tips from the pros and grab some jumbo moving boxes, cover them with bedspreads and pillows and you have instant beds. Shop the local thrift stores and garage sales for inexpensive furniture.

The bathrooms are easy. Shower curtains are inexpensive and don’t forget to throw in some coordinating towels and a rug.

If you need inspiration you can find it online. Pinterest has some lovely ideas as does HGTV.

Stage it . . . virtually

For only a few hundred dollars you can stage your entire home, even change the wall colors if you like, if you virtually stage it.

You supply the photos and the virtual stager takes care of the rest, giving the emply home a virtual makeover. Of course buyers may feel a bit deceived when they visit the home in person after viewing the online photos, but at least it gets them in the door. Do haveyour agent mention in the MLS remarks that the home is virtually staged to avoid making buyers feel deceived.

The cost of virtual staging may run as high as $100 per photograph, according to Kim Palmer of the Star Tribune.

Whatever you decide to do, give yourself enough time to have the home staged by the time it hits the Wasilla real estate market.

 Photo: Cape Cod Home Staging Company


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