Ready to sell your Bergen County property? You may have heard that the New Jersey real estate market is cooling, but Bergen County remains ultra-hot. It's no wonder, as Bergen County is such a fantastic place to call home. A family-friendly, bustling community surrounds the residents here while keeping them close to big-city amenities. Home prices have been rising for months, with year-over-year increases of 4% or more. These increases make it a great time to list your Bergen County real estate. With so many gorgeous luxury homes on the market, you'll need to make sure that your property stands out when it's time to sell.
One of the best ways to do that is through innovative and strategic staging practices. By making intelligent staging choices, you can increase your home's value, attract more potential buyers, and get the desired maximum offer sooner. Staging is about so much more than fluffing the throw pillows and mopping the floor before a showing, though. Here are five advanced staging tips recommended by Taylor, and The Taylor Lucyk Group, you can put into practice when getting ready to list your home.
1. Eliminate Clutter
Beds and sofas can help potential buyers understand the scale of the room and visualize their furniture in the space
Functional items such as dining tables, chairs, and televisions that you'll need over the coming weeks
Decor items that fit into your staging scheme (more on that below)
2. Highlight Storage Spaces
While decluttering your living spaces, you'll want to be especially thorough in decluttering your storage spaces. Closets, cupboards, wardrobes, and basement storage areas should be as sparse as possible. Removing most of the items you store makes the storage space look much more extensive. Highlighting your storage space is particularly important in areas like walk-in closets. If clothing normally fills your closet to the brim, it can give a potential buyer the impression that there isn't enough storage for their things.
So while you are decluttering other areas, pack up most of the items in your storage spaces. Keep the clothing you'll need for the next few months and put the rest in storage. Pack things in your linen closets, pantry, and other storage areas. As a bonus, this process will prepare you very well to make the final move.
You'll want to stage whatever is left in your storage areas, too. Make sure your pantry shelves are wiped down and everything is nearly organized. Ensure that clothing left in the wardrobes is nicely hung or folded.
3. Show Off What's Special About Your Space
The luxury market in Bergen County is full of impressive homes, each with a unique personality and opulent touches. Make sure you highlight the things that make your Bergen County real estate agent for potential buyers.
Draw attention to these areas with staging and lighting. For example, maybe you have a gorgeous coffee bar in the primary bedroom suite. Make sure this area is staged for showings with attractive coffee cups and high-quality coffee and accessories. Or, if you have a gourmet kitchen, maybe you can leave out some beautiful fresh fruit or lovely flowers. These touches can draw a potential buyer's eye to the things you don't want them to miss.
After all, it can be overwhelming for potential buyers to walk through multiple luxurious properties in a single day. They often start to blend the details and forget which homes they liked. If you highlight the special touches in your home, they'll remember it later. That can make your home stand out in their mind and make them more eager to make an offer.
Talk to a professional real estate agent like Taylor Lucyk and his team of experts if you aren't sure what your home has that the one down the street doesn't. They have in-depth knowledge about what's currently on the market and what potential buyers look for in their next home.
4. Keep Decor Neutral
Neutral decor allows potential buyers to project their style onto the space, allowing them to imagine making the property their own. It's much more difficult to project their style onto an area that already has a bold sense of style. To help them visualize making the property their own, you'll want to:
Keep only decor pieces on display that fit into the neutral color scheme
Opt for high-quality artwork that isn't overbearing
Keep paint colors neutral, even if that means painting over feature walls or removing wallpaper
5. Hire the Pros When Needed
Staging can be a big job. It's a vital part of the home selling process and especially important in the luxury home market. Staging can increase your offers by up to 15%, and most real estate agents will agree that good staging can help sell a home much faster. Because it's so important, it's not a process you want to rush or do incorrectly.