A decision many sellers have to deal with when putting their home on the market is whether to stage the home or not. If the seller is still living in the home, then it may be just repurposing the furniture and reducing the accumulated clutter of living in the home. This can be done by the home owner, the Realtor, or a stager can help with this process. The bigger question is what to do when the seller has moved out and the house is empty. Should you stage the home or not. Staging is basically putting furniture in a vacant home. Think of model homes you see at a new development and how nice they look. This is because a professional stager has spent the time and effort to make the house look like a home and make it a place that you would want to live. Staging is a question many seller struggle with as it does cost money. In their minds they are thinking, is it worth it? In my mind, yes it is worth it.
- On average a staged homes receives 6% higher sales price
- On average the staged home sells 78% faster than a non-staged home
- On average a staged home spends 57 less days on the market than a non-staged home
When a potential buyer walks into a vacant home it can be hard for them to visualize where their furniture would go and that makes it harder to see themselves living there. When the home is properly staged it makes it easier for the buyer visualize living there. This makes it easier for them to visualize themselves living there and makes them more apt to make an offer. My own experience out in the field has taught me that homes that are stage sell faster and for more money. The stats above re-enforce my observations. If a seller wants to sell their home faster and for more money, then staging it is the right way to go.