Many sellers contemplate the idea of home staging because they don’t want to spend the extra money, believe the decor looks good as is, or think if the home is empty it will entice buyers. But in most home selling situations, a home shows better with furniture. Staring at a ceiling, floor, and empty walls makes it hard for buyers to visualize their own belongings in the home. If buyers can’t picture themselves living there, they are not likely to buy it. Home staging also brings in a higher price, on average 10% more. If you spend $4000 to stage a $400,000 home, you will likely get $40,000 more for the asking price!
Five Reasons You Should Stage Your Home:
1. Get the Highest Price for Your Home. A well-staged home is aesthetically pleasing. Everything looks inviting, comfortable, and simple. It elicits a strong emotion from buyers: desire.
2. Your Home Will Sell Faster – The Association of Property Scene Designers states that staged homes sell for 43% more quickly than unstaged homes. ‘Nuf said.
3. Home Staging Helps with Procrastination – yes, your stager will want many of your tsatskes and collector items put away. This is called decluttering and depersonalizing. You will have to tackle this at some point. Get it done early, store boxes in the basement, a POD, or rent a storage unit for a few months.
4, Home Staging Will Teach you a Few Things. Maybe you never had a decorator and you’ve done it all yourself. Those floral curtains in the bedroom, the layout of the pictures over the living room sofa, the furniture placement in the family room or the overlarge chair in the den. It all works for you which is great – but a stager might just show you “better” which is something you can take with you to your new home.
5. You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression – is a favorite line with stagers and real estate agents. If you don’t stage before you list, guess what? You’ve lost time and money – the two things that are all but promised if you stage your home before listing it for sale.
Take a look at some of these before and after pictures of my listings I’ve had staged. As you can see the staging creates a more cohesive and inviting look that buyers are sure to fall in love with!
Not staged- sellers used own furniture
Staged- professional service used
In this home, you can see how paint and furniture create a home you would want to live in!
I am always happy to offer staging advice or bring in the help of the many professionals I know and use everyday.