You’ve probably spent more than one Sunday sitting in front of the television watching home redecorating and home staging shows on HGTV. Don’t worry, we’ve all done it. Now that it is time to sell your house you’re probably wondering how well staging your home to sell it really works.
What is Home Staging
Home staging is preparing your house for sale or an open house by arranging the furniture, cleaning out clutter, using color and decorative pieces to highlight the best features of your home. A staging expert can come into your home and evaluate it objectively, determine anything that will hinder the buyer from making an offer. Don’t confuse staging with decorating, although home design principals are used. Home staging is a marketing strategy to illustrate the best features of your home.
Why Does Staging Work
A properly staged house illustrates the best features of the home. The home staging expert goes through each room and makes sure the furniture is properly placed and the focal points are highlighted. They use tasteful colour choices throughout the home, accent pieces complement the room and the furniture is properly placed to allow traffic to flow smoothly throughout the home. Putting all these principals together in such a way, triggers an emotional response in potential buyers. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living there.
A Staged Home Highlights:
- The home is cared for, staging does minimal redecorating depending on the budget
- All the clutter is removed so buyers can see the home’s best features
- The furniture is laid out in the ideal way to highlight the focal points and leave open space for traffic
- Appeals to a wider array of buyers, the home has a model-home appeal to attract more buyers
Benefits of Staging
Homes that are properly staged command a higher asking prices than non –staged homes, and typically they sell a third faster as well. Investing in home staging pays for itself, putting $500 into staging returns roughly $560 back from the sale. Incidentally staged homes have fewer if any price reductions. The average time a staged home is on the market is 32 days while a non staged homes is 160 days. This is the difference between your home being on the market for days or months. Here are some do it yourself tips for doing your own home staging.
Staging works for everyone, sellers get their home sold much quicker than without staging. Real estate agents get their listing sold faster than agents who don’t work without a staging company. Get your home staged and get it sold now.