Should I Stage My Home?
Many Realtors and sellers alike question if they should go the trouble and added expense of staging a property prior to listing it on the market.
A coat of white paint, clean floors, and decluttering are all that a staged home needs, right? No - that is simply not the concept of home staging.
Home staging is a marketing strategy used to place your property above the competition. Stagers design the house to feel warm, inviting, and appeal to the broadest number of potential buyers.
Staging a home is far less expensive than the monthly carrying costs of waiting for the right buyer.
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, consider a professional stager.
• Have you lost equity in the home and want to get the highest possible price? Staged homes often give buyers a higher comfort level in making a major purchase.
• Is your home in a market that is in close proximity to new construction? Most if not all builders use home stagers or interior designers to market there property.
• Have other homes in your area been staged? Search the homes in your zip code and make sure your home outshines them.
• Are there repairs minor or major that have been left undone? Professional stagers have affiliations with contractors and know who to go to for affordable repairs. Buyers will give low-ball offers to compensate for unattended to repairs, if they are willing to do them.
• Have you lived in the property for over five years? Chances are you can use some tweaking to update the home.
• Did an interior designer design the home? Interior design is customizing a home to meet your personal preferences, while home staging is depersonalizing a home to suit a broad pool of buyers.
• Will the exterior of the property benefit from some sprucing up? Professional home stagers will stage both inside and outside of the home. Getting buyers in the door is equally important to a home that shows well.