Staging is not just about moving furniture, decorating and moving a few objects in the house. It is way more. Kathy Streib shares some great thoughts about this topic:
2011 Home Gain Survey Results and a Home Stagers Viewpoint!
Every year the Home Gain Real Estate Blog publishes a Home Improvement National Survey. The results are compiled from 600 agents nationwide to determine the TOP 10 Low Cost DIY home improvements for people getting ready to sell their home.
And since I have been following this, Home Staging has ranked either 2nd or 3rd with Cleaning and Decluttering being #1. Alternating between 2nd and 3rd with Staging is Lightening and Brightening.
Now while I love that Staging ranks so highly, as I was reading the results it occurred to me that Home Staging as I view it actually can encompass all of the home improvement items on the list.
Home Staging isn’t just about moving furniture around, lighting candles or placing fresh flowers around. And in fact, I don’t know of any Stager who ever suggests having a lit candle in the home when the owner is not present!
A basic Home Staging Consultation addresses all of the items on the list from cleaning and editing, painting, repairing, updating and enhancing the basic “bones” of the home. A Home Stager will look at the total package, inside and out, from front yard to the back patio or deck... from what needs to go and what can be used to help show the possibilities of the home.
A Home Staging Consultation can help a Seller prioritize their DIY projects so preparing their home for sale will not be so overwhelming. This is especially beneficial to those on a limited budget and tight schedule.
Will you get more money for your home if you stage it? In this market, who can say. But what I will suggest to you is that Staging your home will increase your chances of a Buyer wanting to see it because of how well your home will look on your MLS listing.
If the photos don’t entice the Buyer there are other homes that will.
Price will always rule and to help you get that price make sure you prepare your home so that its condition warrants the price you’re asking.