I recently staged a wonderful home that had been on the market for 9 months. During that time, there were a lot of showings, but little feedback and not a single offer.
The home is located in a very desirable, upscale neighborhood, where properties are still selling, but there is a lot of competition (multiple listings per street).
In a different market I don't think there would have been a problem selling this house, but with so much to choose from, this property just wasn't catching and keeping the buyers' interest.
A day of moving around furniture, organizing bookshelves, rearranging art work, and adding some accessories, transformed this home from wallflower to center of attention!
The seller was anxious to sell and the realtor was hanging the for sale sign in the yard while I was finishing up my staging. The following day was open house, and a couple of weeks passed with reports of many showings, positive feedback, and lots of interest. Finally, just 25 days after staging I received the email I was hoping for:
The house is under contract as of today. The home inspection and the WDO inspection is this Saturday. The buyer is already preapproved for the mortgage. The closing date is set for December 4. ... Clearly the staging had an impact.
And being that things can fall apart, I held my breath and refrained from sharing this post until I received the final news:
Believe it or not, I closed on Friday. I'm officially homeless and happy. Thanks again for all your great help. I don't believe I could have done it without you.
Staging does work and it is necessary in this competitive market. The degree of staging can be adjusted for almost every budget and any amount of staging is better than no staging at all.
A few before and after pictures: