What is home staging? Home Staging is the act of preparing your home for sale. The goal of staging is to make your home appealing to as many potential buyers as possible thereby selling more quickly and for more money. Staging highlights the homes best features, addresses any troublesome areas and helps buyers envision themselves living there.
Why should I stage my home? Staging in any market is important as staged homes typically sell for more money and have less days on market. Statistics show that the cost of home staging comes back to the seller many times over in the final sale price. The benefits of marketing a home that has been properly styled outweighs the initial expense and will yield a greater return. It is often said that the cost of staging is far less than the cost of your first price reduction. According to the National Association of Realtors, over 80% of home buyers find it easier to visualize a property as their future home when it has been professionally staged. 90% of potential home buyers start their search for a new home online. Staged homes show better both in photographs used for marketing your home and in person. Vacant staging is important. Studies show that staged properties sell for 6.4% higher than unstaged. Can they sell vacant? Sure they can, but why leave profit on the table? Home Staging helps buyers make a connection to your home. Most buyers decide in the first thirty seconds if they are interested. How does Home Staging work? Every home is different, so every staging plan will be different. Some plans can include suggestions for better furniture placement or editing, brightening or neutralizing paint colors, addressing deferred maintenance issues, small (or large) upgrades, curb appeal ideas, general decluttering tips and things along that line. Staging within any budget and timeline is always advisable.
How else can home staging help me? Once you decide to put the For Sale sign out front, emotionally detaching yourself from your home is the best thing you can do. Once you can do that, you will have better perspective and be able to jump in completing the necessary tasks ahead. For most, a tremendous amount of decluttering is the first step. This is the time to really figure out what is actually necessary/important/functional to you. Look at this as preparing for your move. This is the time to donate/sell/return/move along all the things that will have no room or function in your new chapter. The experience is initially difficult but in the end so liberating!!