Understanding the Staging Appearance of Homes for Sale as a Homebuyer

Savvy homebuyers know that sellers will go to great lengths in order to show their property in the best light. In fact, you expect to walk into a home with a staged atmosphere. This selling tactic isn’t a bad choice for any party because homebuyers have a chance to see the property when it’s all cleaned up. However, it’s important to look past the beauty and focus on the practical details. This facade might be covering more serious issues.

When you walk into the living room, the entire space may look gigantic with the vaulted ceilings and strategic furniture arrangements. You may be thrilled with the appearance, but remember the true dimensions of the home. If you want a home that’s closer to 2,000 square feet, a property with only 1,100 square feet won’t work for your needs. The living room is probably smaller than you realize without the staging.

Be wary of any staging that includes a lot of accessories, such as rugs and artwork. Decorative items are normal, but excessive additions to the room mean that some issue is being possibly covered up. Paint might be peeling, or the floor is aging.

The home shouldn’t have a strong, air-freshener scent either. Too many scents within each room may indicate that mold or mildew is a problem. You want to smell the home’s normal odors, such as nearby linens.

Ideally, you should look at four or five different homes for sale as you decide on a final property purchase. These homes will give you a better perspective of your household options and neighborhood amenities. In the end, you’ll be able to make a smart, financial decision that benefits your family for the life of the investment.


Size Shouldn’t Be the Biggest Factor to Consider for Homes for Sale

If you are like many others who are looking for homes for sale in Boston or the North Shore area, you may have your sights focused on finding a home that has a certain square footage. This may be an arbitrary figure that you have determined, or it may be a best guess on the square footage that you need based on previous homes and apartments that you have lived in. However, the actual square footage of homes for sale may be less important than other factors, and there are a few reasons why this is true. Continue reading