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Is Home Staging Really Worth the Investment?

Determining whether or not to stage your home prior to putting it on the market can be quite a financial quandary. The costs associated with staging a home can range from $500 for an average-sized house to well into the thousands for larger homes. Is it worth the extra expense?

The short answer is…absolutely! According to HomeGain’s 2011 Home Sale Maximizer survey, which consisted of 600 real estate agents from across the country, 80-percent recommend that homeowners invest in home staging prior to selling. The return on investment (ROI) is nearly 300-percent, according to the survey.

Homes seem to not only sell for more when staged but also sell more quickly., Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP), states that on average 94-percent of staged homes sell within 29 days of hitting the market compared to 145 days for non-staged homes.

Clearly, staging your home should be a strongly considered as a powerful tool to increase the value of your home and sell it faster.

Preliminary Steps: Cleaning and Decluttering

Staging a home simply involves, cleaning, decluttering, rearranging and bringing in furniture to optimize a space. You can do much of this work yourself, which helps save on the cost of staging. The aforementioned HomeGain survey showed a staggering 99-percent of real estate agents recommend cleaning/decluttering prior to selling a home. It offers a 586-percent ROI.

Start by decluttering the house. In many cases, you may need to rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal service to clear out unused clutter. On average, dumpster rental prices range from $125 to $250 or more for a small 10-yard dumpster depending upon where you live and the exact size of the dumpster. Other options include selling household goods online (i.e., eBay or Craigslist), hosting a garage sale, donating goods (i.e., Goodwill or Salvation Army) or recycling.

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Posted by: Guest Contributor on July 17th, 2012 under Guest Bloggers


HomeGain 2012 National Home Improvement Survey Results announced today that it has released the results of its nationwide home improvement and home staging survey. Past findings from the survey have been a guide for thousands of home sellers in preparing their homes for sale.

HomeGain recently surveyed nearly 500 real estate agents nationwide to determine the top 10 low cost*, do-it-yourself home improvements for people getting their home ready to sell.

The top five nationwide home improvements that real estate professionals recommend to home sellers, based on average cost and return on investment (ROI) to sellers, are:

Costs are averages and rounded up.

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on April 23rd, 2012 under Home Improvement Surveys


EARTH DAY: Another One Passed By

Did you miss it? Did you acknowledge it? Did you hear about it?

The day is being heralded around the world as a day the individual earth member (YOU) can make a change, a simple or complex change to your life to help save the planet. What will you do?

Since 2007 with our development of EcoStaging(R) training and Certified EcoProfessional™ education, CSP International has held Earth Day Events, reduced its carbon footprint, achieved carbon neutral certification, reduced waste, eliminated toxins and cleaned with toxic free products. We support the One Drop Foundation bringing clean water to under developed countries, NAR green services, we annually award the CSP International Green Bud award to graduates who have made a difference in their community with their own green acts, our electricity is Bullfrog Power (off grid) and personally I have certified my own garden as a wildlife habitat and have planted trees throughout Niagara to help clean air. April 23rd 2012 I pledged to increase our visibility, our actions and get all of our three thousand graduates+ staff to participate in A Billion Acts of Green.

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Posted by: Christine Rae on April 23rd, 2012 under Green Real Estate

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On The Home Seller’s Radar, Part 1: Kitchen and Bathrooms

Part 1 – HomeGain’s Fall 2007 Home Sale Maximizer™ Survey

What are Realtors® advising homeowners do when it comes time to sell their home?

Turns out it’s what every home seller wants to hear. First, it is not going to cost a lot to see a high ROI. Secondly, it’s not going to be extremely time consuming or challenging.

In HomeGain’s Fall 2007 Home Sale Maximizer™ Survey that included over 2,000 real estate agents across the U.S. the results were just that. The goal of the survey was to find out what real estate agents recommend to homeowners to get their home into home selling condition and maximize their return on investment (at a minimal cost).

By the way, Home Sale Maximizer is a free, online home improvement tool for home sellers. As a Realtor®, it’s a great tool to give to your clients to help them BEFORE the home sale process started.

I’m going to list the results for the top six to 10 most recommended do-it-yourself home improvements in this part 1 real estate blog post, and then reveal the top four in Part 2. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on December 21st, 2007 under Home Improvement, Home Improvement Surveys, Home Staging, HomeGain Market Data


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