When buyers are looking for homes, they want to get a feel for the flow of the home, the function of each room, and the best features. Staging makes all of these things stand out.
Staging can seem like a daunting task, and we’ve had sellers question if the added work makes a difference. Keep reading and decide for yourself!
Staging makes a better first impression.
Listing photos often give buyers the first glimpse of the house. While quality photography is essential, there is only so much a photographer can do. If the rooms are untidy or cluttered, that will show up in the photos. A good first impression, whether it from photos or in person, gives buyers a positive feeling.
“Buyers only know what they see, not the way it’s going to be. Staging is, without question, a necessity in selling your home in today’s market. The investment of staging is far less than any price reduction.” – Nicole White, real estate agent
Buyers see the home has been well-maintained.
By shining light on all the positive aspects of the house, staging shows buyers that, as homeowners, you took care and pride in the house. As buyers tour the house, they are looking at many different factors, one being the condition of the house. If small things throughout the house are broken and unkept, it will make people question what else needs to be fixed. Knowing that the home is clean and cared for gives potential buyers more confidence.
Staging allows buyers to visualize themselves in the home.
When buyers walk through the house, they want to be able to picture themselves living there. By depersonalizing each room and creating more neutral spaces, you are helping buyers do just that. In fact, 83% of buyers’ agents said a staged home makes it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their future home, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Profile of Home Staging.
It can decrease time on the market.
It’s one thing to make buyers feel visualizing themselves in your home, it’s another when staging actually gets the home sold. Twenty-eight percent of sellers’ agents said there are decreases in market time when the home is staged.
Staging can increase the sale price.
Not only can staging decrease the time of the market, but it can also get sellers more money. The 2019 Profile of Home Staging found that 44% of buyers’ agents said staged homes have an increase of selling price, with 25% stating it can increase the price between 1-5%.
When selling a home – whether it is vacant or occupied, it’s important to do as much staging as you can – even if that just means decluttering! Depending on your situation, you can stage your home at any budget.