When you are selling a home, you want to get the best price possible. No one wants to walk away from a sale feeling like they could have brought in $1,000, $10,000, or more on the table. To help potential buyers get a better connection with the property, it can help to show the home as if it were lived in, rather than empty. If you need help selling, an Accredited Staging Professional, or ASP, is a real estate agent with a specialty in staging a home to sell for the best price.
How Does an Agent Become an Accredited Staging Professional?
To become an Accredited Staging Professional, an agent must complete the STAGE training course, a 2-3 day program teaching the best strategies for home staging today. If an agent is not able to attend in person, they can attend a webinar of the same course from any location.
Agents can also take a 5 days Master course to earn the Accredited Staging Professional Master (ASPM) designation.
What Are The Benefits of Hiring an Accredited Staging Professional?
According to the ASP designation agency, 95% of homes staged by an Accredited Staging Professional sell on average in 11 days or less and sell for 17% more than competing homes in the same market. Those are compelling numbers for sellers looking to make as much as possible. On a $200,000 home, 17% is an extra $34,000!
ASP agents will focus on the following aspects of your home to make you more money:
- Bringing in the best staging furniture possible for the space
- Cleaning and decluttering
- Depersonalizing the home so anyone can “picture themselves at home” in the property
- Bring in additional lighting to brighten rooms as needed
- Look for bad spots on floors and carpeting to fix or touch up
An Accredited Staging Professional can also lend their expertise to ensure landscaping is best suited for curb appeal and sales appeal, update kitchens to current trends, and suggest interior and exterior painting to help your house sell for what it is really worth and not a dollar less.
When you walk into a home as a buyer, you do not want to see someone else’s awkward family photos, pet stained carpet, and dated bedroom styles. Those can be a real turn off and reasons for buyers to walk away. After living in your home for years, you might not see certain negative aspects of your décor or style, but an ASP has been trained to look for those very problems.
An Accredited Staging Professional is a real estate agent on your team to help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible price.
Where Can I Find an Accredited Staging Professional?
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