Staging a home is the process of furnishing and decorating a property for the purpose of making your home attractive to potential buyers. The process is temporary and typically completed before listing pictures are taken and open house events take place. Staging includes decluttering the home and replacing your personal decor with home decor intended to spark the buyer’s imagination. You can achieve your desired look by staging the home yourself, or enlisting a professional; you can also choose to do the entire house, or just focus on 1-2 key rooms. By making the home a neutral environment that buyer’s can imagine themselves living in, the home is likely to receive many benefits, including quicker selling times and higher market prices. Here, we will discuss the various benefits of staging your home before putting it on the market.
The first time a potential buyer will see your home is likely through an online home finding service. To make a good first impression, and to stand out from the competition, high quality photos of your home are important. Home staging can take your listing photos to the next level and catch a viewer’s attention; this is done by creating a visually appealing environment through minimally furnished and purposeful decorating. The more photogenic a potential buyer perceives your home to be, the more likely they are to take the next step in seeing the home in person.
Staging gives buyers meaning. Buyers may struggle to visualize their furniture in a room with lots of furniture. However, if your home is empty for a showing, the buyer may have trouble imagining how to use the room. Home staging addresses these issues by arranging furniture to fit the room’s shape and highlighting its uses. Staging also makes a room appear larger to buyers because an empty room appears smaller. Buyers can also compare the room’s size to their current furniture to make sure it fits.
Homebuyers’ emotional investment determines their financial investment. Staging helps sell your home faster and for more money by evoking emotions. The Real Estate Staging Association found that staged homes sold 72% faster than unstaged ones. A move-in-ready home increases buyer responsiveness. Staged homes receive higher market offers than empty ones, benefiting sellers financially. A staged home can increase offers by 5%, which can add a lot to your home’s listing price, according to National Association of Realtors agents.
After learning the benefits of staging, here are some tips to make sure your home is ready to list before listing. First, pack and remove personal items. Pictures and other personal items may hinder a buyer’s ability to imagine your home as theirs. Declutter and deep clean your home before staging to start fresh. Stage the living room, kitchen, and dining room, which will get the most attention when listed. To create a neutral space, rearrange your furniture and decorations in the rest of the home. Staging is expensive. Finally, less is more in home staging.
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