Staging; How to help your house speed date

Your house is speed dating, and you may not know it!  Imagine your home sitting at the table, waiting for a prospective “match” to spend 5 minutes to get to know all the wonderful features you know and love.

Selling a home in today’s market is a mix between internet dating and speed dating.  Kauai real estate buyers preview their properties online and narrow down a final list  before arriving on island, or finding a realtor.  As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression.  For your home, that means 5 seconds online.  Want some help? 

Top 5 first impression success factors – how does your home measure up?

  1. How are the photos?
  2. Is there a virtual tour or video?
  3. What website is it on? 
  4. What information is available?
  5. Is there mapping ?

If your home’s “match” shows interest, then what?  To get 5 minutes to show off  more special features, a YouTube video walk through works wonders.  Just like dating, it doesn’t have to be polished, real is better.  People want to know what they see online is what they’ll see in person. 

Okay, so your property made it past the 5 minute “speed date”.  Now we’re getting closer to the first real “face-to-door” meeting.  How does it look? 

Staging is critical to wow your home’s prospect upon arrival.  A recent FrontDoor.com article highlights Top 10 Staging Transformations with before and after photos ranging from the mail box to a kitchen remodel.  Most are very inexpensive. Cleaning, declutter and staging are critical to bring out your property’s best features.  

Just like no one wants to hear about a recent break-up or divorce on a first date, buyers don’t want to see your personal family photos and memorabilia. 

They need to emotionally connect with your home.   Personal items make the house feel “taken.”  For more information about how to stage your Kauai property:

Contact me for a free consultation on staging and how to sell in today’s market.

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About Susanna "Susie" Kunkel, RA

With a belief that life is too short to not follow your dreams, Susie and her daughter became new Kauai residents in less than 4 months after visiting for the first time in 2000. She brings a wealth of information from her background in administrative, contract and paralegal work in a variety of industries including technology, investment banking, biotech and estate planning. As a Realtor, Susies's tenacious and technical approach have earned her a large group of extremely loyal clients. Susanna is a steadfast believer in "The Golden Rule", and applies it to her approach as a Realtor. "Each client and each property are unique, so it's important to me to listen intently to what my clients' goals are, and to make sure I go above and beyond to help meet them."
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