As a Vancouver Home Stager, I find it's wonderful when Realtors® endorse a Home Stager's reason for being! We can keep explaining until we're blue in the face about the benefits of staging a home for sale, but when a Realtor® steps up to the plate and explains how they've seen "first hand" how staging has helped sell homes, it validates what we do.
Here's a recent post by Belinda Spillman, a Colorado Realtor®, outlining her experience with how home buyers react to vacant homes as opposed to staged homes.
Adding Character to a Vacant Home is So Important
I recently went on a couple of listing appointments, with my business partner Will Hamm, where the homes to be sold were sitting vacant. There wasn’t one thing in the home, not even a roll of paper towels.
Many homeowners feel that the best way to sell their vacant home is to remove every last item from the home. This isn’t always a good idea and here’s why.
Buying a home is always an emotional experience as well as financial. The buyers need to feel some emotion when they walk into the home and a stark empty home void of any character emits no emotion. For men this isn’t always such a big deal, but isn’t the woman who usually makes the decision of which home to buy (even though most men don’t realize that)?
Not everyone is creative when it comes to visualizing furniture in a vacant home. Without furniture, rooms usually look smaller and the question arises of how much can fit into each room. If the home is staged with appropriate furniture, there is no guess work.
Bathrooms are typically a cold room in the home without character. Why not buy a nice shower curtain or drape to swag back and make the tub look inviting. A few candles on the ledge with some nice smelling soaps wouldn’t hurt either.
The kitchen is the heart of most homes. A vacant home with absolutely nothing on the counters doesn’t emit any warmth to the homebuyer. Some knick knacks and colorful towels would spice up that kitchen. I have also used a serving tray with a setting for two on the edge of the counter. Coffee cups and pretty napkins are a nice touch.
One of the folks we met with asked if staging his home would result in more money in his pocket. I told him that staging his home would make his home sell faster which would effectively mean more money in his pocket because it would reduce the debt service on his home while it was sitting on the market.
Stagers are artist. Let them make your drab home look outstanding. They are worth their weight in GOLD!!!