We were thrilled with the responses and feedback from our January: Ask an Agent post. We work with the best of the best in St. Louis and we were so excited to get different perspectives. The winter months in St. Louis are brutal but we've seen that the cold has not stopped the real estate market from heating up. Hopefully you were able to take the tips from our agents in January as you prep your home. As home stagers, we want every room in your house to shine (and so do agents), but we realize that some rooms carry more weight with potential buyers than others. You can use this information as a guide as to where to focus your efforts around the house. Here is February's ask an agent:
What do you think is the most important room in a home for potential buyers?
Lindsey Jacobs, Susie O. Johnson
I think buyers would say that kitchens are the most important space when looking at a house. Kitchens can often give that WOW factor and clients tend to fall in love with a home because of the kitchen. It doesn't have to be completely up-to-date or renovated, but the space is really important for buyers. Having those updates is really nice, but some buyers do want to be able to redo the kitchen and make it their own. Buyers oftentimes get excited about potential gatherings in a kitchen - that's where people tend to hang out during parties, so keep your kitchen top of mind.
Jill Azar, Laura McCarthy
I think the most important room in the home is the one upon entry. You cannot re-create the buyer's feeling when walking into a home, it is extremely emotional. Typically this is an entry and living room, so crisp neutral colors are a wonderful avenue to take.
John Jackson, John Jackson Neighborhood Real Estate
Without a doubt, the kitchen. Most buyers are more than happy to pay extra for "done." Conversely, the prospect of tackling such an intrusive project post-close or "right after buying a new home" will make many lookers run the other way.
Hayley Tomazic, JF Meyer Realty
Well, if you ask any of my buyers, they will say the kitchen is most important to them when looking at homes. However, I think when it comes to searching, the living room actually can be the most important room because it's the heart of the home. The living room is where people spend their time with their family and a lot of times, it's the hardest room for them to envision how they will live in the space. Staging can be so key in that instance because they can see furniture set up and how they will entertain and how they will hang out at night.
Kait Barks, KB Collective Real Estate, Worth Clark Realty
I think one of the most important rooms to get right when selling your house is the living room. We all know that you get the biggest bang for your buck out of remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, but we don't all always have a big budget to spend to get that done just to sell the house. So get the living room right - establish a focal point, make sure the furniture is placed appropriately, and get the right decor in the space. You can really help a potential buyer see and feel like they are at home in the living room space.