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Home Selling Advice

You Know The Benefits of Home Staging: Here Are Some Inexpensive DIY TIPS

Research proves that professional staging does, in fact, get homes sold faster and usually for more money. However, hiring a home stager can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour, depending on the location and fee structure of the home stager, and it could take many hours of work to get that complete professional look.

So for the homeowners who can't agree to spend the money on a home stager, or just don't have it in the budget right now . . . the good news is that there are many very inexpensive things you can do to 'stage' your home and present it at its best to potential buyers. 

What's In Store for Spring's Housing Market in Chicago?

Every year the real estate market takes on a different tone.  Whether it’s a sellers’ market with inflated prices and bidding wars, or a buyers’ market with tons of choices and low prices, there’s no denying that the 2017 spring housing season is upon us.

So what does it have in store? Well, if you’re thinking of listing your home, that’s a very important question.

Here are some market insights that will give you a head start!

How To Get Your Home Sold Faster & For More Money

The old adage . . . 'you have to spend money to make money' may also apply to getting your home sold for the most money in the least amount of time.  

Have you heard that staged homes sell in 30% less time and for 15% higher prices?  The data and percentages may vary depending on the statistics and surveys you read, but there is no doubt that staged homes do sell faster and for more money.

Do you think only upscale luxury homes benefit from staging, and your ordinary middle-class home would not realize the benefits?  Well, that's not at all true.  If you have a nice home in a good location but your decor, furnishings and room colors are not a 'WOW' for buyers, then your home is a great candidate for staging.  Your 'stuff' may be dragging down the desirability of your home, and a good staging may be all it takes to make your house a 'hot property'.

Here are some things to consider to help your home sell faster and for more money: