I'm a little behind in my reading. A very intersting article (this is linked) came out last month on what's our staging is worth.
The stats are a little old and still interesting reading.
There was a link in the article about posting it to a blog !! I couldn't figure it out :-)
Should you hire a pro -- and how much should you spend?
Now that you know some of the work and thought that goes into staging, perhaps you're considering hiring a professional stager instead. Professionals can offer a variety of levels of service, from consultations to full-service stagings in which contractors are arranged to make home repairs and rental furniture is brought in.
There's no industrywide accreditation process. However, several organizations -- including the International Association of Home Staging Professionals and the Interior Arrangement and Design Association -- offer staging certifications.
Costs can vary depending on services and the part of the country. Buffalo-based Dana charges $130 for a walk-through consultation on a house. For hands-on work thereafter, she charges $69 per hour. To rent furniture and accessories that she provides costs roughly $700 per month per house. Dallas-based Pinnell, who will visit a home, take photos, then return with a 35- to 55-page report, charges $350 to $550 for that consultation. Staging is extra. To stage an empty home, Pinnell usually charges 1% to 1.5% of the list price, including three months of furniture and accessories rental.
A general rule of thumb: According to the National Association of Realtors, the best return on a homeowner's investment for staging is when between 1% and 3% of the home's asking price is spent on staging, which typically gets a return of 8% to 10%.
One last twist to keep in mind: Sometimes real-estate agents will pay for staging in order to sell a home faster and for more money. Sometimes they'll split the cost with a seller. And sometimes they will reimburse a seller for the cost of a staging. Ask your agent what his policy is before taking on the cost yourself.
Now start your decluttering. And be ruthless.
Beautiful home worth $12,500 link to article
When speed is of the essence
Listings with the words "beautiful" or "gorgeous" sold 15% faster. "Landscaping" in a listing hastened a sale by 20%. Describing a property as in "move-in condition" quickened the sale by 12%. Calling a home a "handyman special" cut sale time by half (researchers excluded listings that used the term to describe a workshop or hobby area).
Other familiar jargon, such as "must see" or "vacant," or including the information that a seller was moving, had virtually no effect on the time before a sale.
The kiss of death appears to be language that reeks of desperation -- words such as "motivated" and "must sell." These slowed sales by 30%. The term "ranch" house slowed sales by 10%. Properties described as rentals (income-producing) took 60% longer to sell.