There is no shortage of television shows on HGTV and DIY about staging your home to sell. They make it look so easy and make claims of how staging your home helps sell it, but are the claims real or is it just entertainment? Actually yes, staging your home does help you to sell it, not only that but you will sell it quicker and get a better price. Let’s look at how and why it works and whether you should try it or not.
What is Home Staging?
Home staging is using interior design to highlight the best features of your home. A home staging professional works with realtors and home owners by evaluating the property to see what may keep buyers from putting in offers. While it does use design principals it is not exactly interior decorating, rather it is using the furniture to market your home.
How Does it Work?
When your house has been properly staged then the buyer’s see it in its best condition. The focal points of the room are highlighted each room flows into the next. Rooms are tastefully decorated to blend with the style of the house. Furniture is arranged so buyers can move around your home smoothly. Everything works together to help the buyers envision themselves living in the home. It also makes the home look very well cared for so the buyer feels comfortable buying a good house. Here is a look at the psychology of home staging.
Benefits of Staging
By putting your home in the best condition possible you can ask a better price than a home that hasn’t been staged. Statistically homes that have been professionally staged get a better asking price and sell quicker than homes that aren’t staged. Here are some hard statistics to back these claims up, a staged home sits on the market for about 30 days on average. A home that isn’t staged sits on the market for an average of 160 days. That is a huge difference! The carrying costs alone for your home are enough to justify hiring someone to do the staging for you.
Having your home professionally staged benefits you immediately. Your house will sell faster than a non-staged home and if you’re in a competitive market you need every advantage that you can get. If you have a good realtor then they know the advantages of staging and will probably recommend someone who can help you present your home.