For a quick and simple answer, yes! I know, taking even a little effort to stage your home is another stress in addition to the already stressful time of selling your home. The thing is, even a little attention to staging detail will pay off in the end.
There are strategies involved in staging a home for sale. As the real estate market has evolved over the years, so too has the need for staging. To stage your home is no longer a nice idea. Staging a home is one of the most important things you can do when selling your home. Staging a home does have influence!
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “for every $100 invested in staging your home, the potential return is $400.” That is quite a substantial return for doing a few minimal things. U.S. research also states that home staging can reduce a listing’s time on the market by one third to half and could fetch as much as six percent to 20 percent more than an empty home or a home not properly staged.
What is the primary point of staging a home?
When you list your home for sale, the idea of making your home appealing to potential buyers is the number one goal. Staging a home helps your home appeal to a wider variety of potential buyers. A staged home entices buyers with a move-in-ready look that has been de-personalized and made to feel like any potential buyer could imagine living there.
Most staging techniques primarily focus on the interior appearance and curb appeal of the home for sale. Even small staging efforts work to transform the home into a more welcoming environment for a wider variety of potential buyer tastes and decorating preferences.
Top 3 Tips to Stage Your Home
As practical as home staging sounds at first, it is common to be unsure of where to start. Highlighting the strengths and downplaying the weaknesses of your home is an important part of any home staging process. The following are our top three efforts you can do to start the home staging process.
1. Manage Furniture & Decorating Clutter
This is the most important part of staging a home. Remove ALL CLUTTER from your home. If you need to rent a storage unit, do it. A primary contributor to clutter is having too much furniture remaining in your home, in addition to over collecting items or clutter decorating. Professional stagers recommend having the least amount of furniture possible in your home to make the space look bigger, while also appearing functional to potential buyers.
In addition to removing personal items from your home, as well as clutter, it is also important to remove all items on the front of the refrigerator, and really create a simplistic, yet functional feel to the spaces of your home. This includes closet space as well.
2. Furniture Seating Groupings
Staging professionals recommend that home sellers arrange furniture together away from walls. According to staging experts, “Reposition couches and chairs into cozy conversational groups and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious.” These types of efforts allow home buyers to see a natural flow to the home as well as be more inviting and spacious.
3. Room Transformations
If you have a room in your home that only serves to collect clutter, repurpose the room to something more meaningful for potential buyers to better connect with…by creating an office space or an extra guest room. No matter what you choose, each room of your home should have a clear purpose. This will help buyers to see the purpose behind every room in the home you are selling.
Are you stuck with a small room you think could be a drawback to home buyers? Help make the room feel bigger by painting it the same color as an adjacent room. Paint the walls of the living room a neutral color. Bold wall colors have a way of adversely impacting buyers. Additionally, adding softer colors to the bedrooms will help potential buyers feel more at ease when touring your property for sale.
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