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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Staging Is Not Just for Residential Listings

Staging is a common tool used by real estate agents to prepare a house for sale. According to Stagedhomes.com, a staged house will sell quicker and for more money than a non-staged one.
But staging isn’t just for residential properties.

Commercial landlords are increasingly adding office furniture to vacant offices in an effort to help them rent or sell quickly. With so much vacant office space on the market these days, staging can help to create a positive impression and differentiate your properties from others on the market. Potential lessees will be able to visualize the space and how it could be set up for employees. And office furniture is readily available for lease at reasonable rates from furniture rental firms.

When considering staging for your rental properties, take a look at your own office space as well. Does it have fresh paint, clean carpets and trimmed landscaping? Or is it in need of some freshening? And what about the furniture? Is it dusted, with desktop surfaces kept tidy and organized? Are the rest rooms modern and fresh-smelling?
The old adage “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” applies to your office space too.

Do a walk-through of your own facilities, and pay particular attention to the following:

Outside: Is the entrance inviting and well-kept? Is it clean and nicely landscaped? Is it well lit? Are signs easy to read?

Inside: Is the lobby area easy to navigate and furnished with comfortable furniture? Are magazines current? Is the area clutter-free? Are carpets clean and rest rooms spotless?

If you’re interested in hiring a professional stager for your investment property--or your own office--call our commercial REALTORS at CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes today. We will refer you to a qualified professional in your area.

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