What is the main goal of staging your home? I’ll tell you now, the goal is to sell QUICKLY and for a higher bid! First time sellers may think that Hawaii real estate could almost sell itself based on location alone. However, there are 3 key factors to remember when expecting buyers to fall in love with their potential new dream home.
- Clean, clean, and clean some more!
- Many homes in Hawaii will have a fairly open-air concept with surrounding windows to take in the stunning views from mauka to makai (mountain to sea). A good home stage for Hawaii real estate will take full advantage of this layout by opening up windows and lanai doors to bring in our calming breeze. That’s where cleaning comes in. Don’t be one of the many homes on the market that leave dusty window sills, old leaves blown in all over the floor, critters and crawly-things coming in and out, and other outdoor debris for your potential buyers to see. Although you’re fighting against nature here, it’s an important part of the “easy-to-maintain” visual that many buyers hope to see themselves in. The perfect balance between the natural beauty of Hawaii and a low maintenance home should always be a priority.
- Pick a theme that suites your location and keep it simple!
- When it comes to decorating an island home for a stage, BEWARE that basic, stiff, “hotel standard” neutral floral design that you can get at any resort in Waikiki. Break out of the box and use Hawaii’s natural features to inspire your theme. Here in Hawaii, a pop of color to contrast the gorgeous back drop of Oahu can really get home buyers excited for making it their own. Coastal themes work great to incorporate some cooling tones, neutrals in moderation, and a fun color POP throughout the house to give a lively coral reef illusion.
- Maybe your home is already ocean themed enough due to the beach front location and coastal views; then embrace the flora and fauna around you and sprinkle some green throughout the home! A well maintained garden and one or two healthy house plants can bring Hawaii inside but keep the luxury-home feel in tact. (as always, keep it clean and bug free)
- Local vs. Personal
- For buyers, especially first time buyers in Hawaii; it’s essential to make them feel like they will be welcomed as locals and not outsiders. Bringing a touch of local artwork or hand crafted decor (ie: ukulele, paintings, Koa wood statues..etc) can help the buyer FEEL what it’s like to live in the community.
- As far as personal items go; such as family photos, jackets hanging in the closet..etc. A little can go a long way with making the home feel live-able and welcoming. Tread carefully on using too much of your personal items in order to avoid masking the buyer’s vision for their own family’s future as that can easily be a deterrent. Think simple, cute, family oriented touches that would best represent the great memories to be had in the home you’ve loved for so long.
Hawaii is a competitive market, and the perfect home staging can really help your home stand out for a successful sell. If you have any questions and are looking for a reliable, local, realtor to help you through this process please contact me.