Sometimes we meet sellers who are in such a hurry to put their home on the market that they don't take the time to hire home stagers or prepare the home for sale. This is a huge mistake. When a home is not ready; deferred maintenance, cluttered, and out-of-date finishes and décor, it will languish on the market. If it does receive offers, they will most likely be low, even in a "hot" market. If you want to attract high offers, hire professional home stagers. Professional home stagers will update the décor as part of their design plan, which will make your home look fresh and well cared for.Professional home stagers should also give you a list of items for you, the homeowner, to complete prior to staging. This list will include items such as decluttering, removal of some furniture pieces and personal items, and repair of deferred maintenance issues. The list may also include larger projects such as updating lighting fixtures, countertops, paint colors, and flooring. As professional home stagers, we have your best interest in mind, and only make these suggestions because we believe you will have a good return on your investment. We work with many vendors who we trust to work in our clients' homes, and we will gladly introduce our clients to them. We always encourage you to discuss these updates with your listing agent and get his or her opinion on the return on investment.Once a home is on the market, the clock is ticking. The longer a home is on the market, buyers think there must be something wrong with the home, and will make a lower offer. When you hire professional home stagers to prepare your home, it will sell on average, 73% faster than it would have if it had not been staged. The national average for a price reduction is 8% after 3 months on the market. This means that if a home is on the market for $500,000 for 3 months, it will take a price reduction of $40,000 to get it sold!We followed the homes we consulted on last year, but the owners decided not to stage. The unstaged homes sold in average of 95 days, while the homes we staged sold in 23 days. On average, the unstaged homes sold at 93% of list price, while the homes we staged sold at an average of 99% of list price. Also, 25% of the owners of the homes we staged told us they were able to list at a higher price than they originally anticipated because of the home staging. It is worth your while to hire professional home stagers to be sure your home comes on the market looking its best – even if it means coming to market a week or two later than you anticipated.At this time of year, owners are looking to put their homes on the market quickly, so they can be under contract before the winter holidays. Take the time to prepare your home for market and hire professional home stagers and you will have the best opportunity for a fast sale.You may want to read our blog, Avoid a Stale Listing by Staging for more information.You can also download our sheet "What Buyers Desire" for more information.If you would like a free in-home consultation, call us at 781-489-8489. We will be happy to come out to meet you and see your home.