Realities of Staging a home
Just sold my home last week and thought I'd share some hard facts about getting your house ready for the market.
After consulting with my Realtor and a stager I invested about $20,000 for minor updates, paint and decorations. It was suggested that I replace red carpeting in my office with a neutral. I also replaced bedroom carpet (sons's room) with new neutral. All the wood floors were refinished, stain and poly. Walls/ceilings were painted (most expensive of all updates.) Reglazed a tub, replaced all faucets and two bathrooms got new vanities and marble tops. I replaced medicine cabinets with mirrors and light fixtures were replaced in bathrooms, dinning room and kitchen.
Yesterday my old, next-door neighbor calls me at work to say the buyers were ripping up all my wood floors. Floor boards were stacked outside on my driveway. Today she calls and tells me they are ripping out my kitchen and all my new carpet was out on the driveway. Heaven knows what tomorrow will bring!
I do feel sprucing up the house sold it. I think I got a decent price and sold relatively fast in a very tough market. I still feel it was money well spent. I'm not thrilled that the floors (refinished last winter and hell to live through)were removed. Equally, the new carpeting was something they could have lived with for a few years.
I don't think I lost money with my updating and staging. I'm sure I made back the cost plus some. But it does bother me that in less than a week, they are tearing it out. They have not moved in and apparently are having all the work done before they do. They are scheduled to move in May 1.
Anyway, had to share...