As you already know staging is a part of my "Design To Sell" process and my Mesa project needed a ton of staging as it was empty to start with.
There are several reasons why staging your home before selling is important.
Helps buyers envision themselves living in the space
It can be really hard to gauge what furniture will fit in a room when it is empty. Also, people have the tendency to underestimate the size of rooms when not furnished. A well staged home takes out all the guessing buyers have to do on what furniture will fit where. All they have to do is imagine themselves living in your home.
Makes your home stand out online.
Where does the hunt for a new home usually start? Online of course! Photos are very important to selling your home since people are going to preview it first online. No one wants to look at picture after picture of empty rooms. I always have my houses professional photographed after being staged.
Increase the value of your home
The 2021 Profile of Home Staging report from the National Association of Realtors found that 23% of seller’s agents reported an increase of one to five percent of the dollar value offered by buyers compared to homes that were not staged. While 1-5% might not seem like a lot, that’s $3,000 to $15,000 on a $300,000 home. A word of caution, it is important to closely track how much you spend on staging so you don't cancel out the increase in the value of your home. Staging is something I do as a courtesy for my clients as part of the listing process. I'll work with some of the things they have and then bring the rest at no cost to them because I know it makes such a big impact! But if you don't have a James Judge near you, work with your listing agent to understand costs and options accordingly.
Shortens time on market
The 2021 Profile of Home Staging also found that 31% of agents stated staging greatly decreased time on market and 22% said slightly. I mean, who wouldn’t want to immediately snatch up a beautifully staged home that looks move-in ready? Many times now I've staged homes that previously wallowed on the market with other agents, and received offers quickly after re-listing. Often times over asking!
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