To stage your home or not to stage when selling your home
Staging your home doesn't have to be expensive, the cost can be as low as $250 to $2,500 or more. Statistics show that 95% of staged homes will sell twice as fast and for 6-10% more money! For an average home, that’s a $30,000 - $50,000 increase in sale price. With this kind of windfall, how can you afford not to invest in home staging? What matters the most is removing the clutter that may exist, emphasizing as much space as you can in your home, and creating an environment where a buyer could envision a home that they can move in right away.
Staging must start from the exterior of the home. Since the exterior is what most prospect buyers would see first, this is the most important aspect to focus on initially. Creating a nice appealing front yard with basic landscape; if you have one, would be ideal. Adding some front lighting, spray washing the exterior or painting if needed.
For the interior, adding a neutral paint color seems to work best, spacing out furniture, removing any clutter from closet space, and cleaning up all spaces is important.
Staging doesn't have to be expensive, and if you are on a tight budget its best to do what you can to emphasize your home, then to not do it at all.