Rushing into selling your home could cost you. Your home could take longer to sell and could affect the selling price. Instead, take time to stage your home so potential buyers can envision themselves living there. You’ll likely sell your home faster and for more money by putting some time and maybe a small amount of money into staging. Don’t worry! Staging doesn’t mean revamping your whole home! Small changes make a big impact. And you can always hire a professional stager if you prefer that route.
Benefits of Staging
Your home is personal. Your pictures, collector’s items, knickknacks, artwork...all of these items reflect you and your personality. When you go to sell your home, you want potential buyers to see themselves living at your home. You’d like them to connect with your home so that they’ll snatch it up before someone else gets an offer on it. You don’t want potential buyers to be distracted by the personality you’ve expressed in your home.
Let’s look at some quick benefits of staging before we dive into some staging strategies.
Helps your home stand out online—people browse homes online, and a neutral, staged home helps your home’s appearance.
Allows people to envision themselves living in your home—Removing personal items for staging allows potential buyers to picture how they would make your house into their home. In the same way, you don’t want an empty home because it’s not as warm and inviting as a home with furniture.
Demonstrate your home’s potential—perhaps you have empty rooms in your basement. Staging these to be a playroom, home office, home gym or a guest bedroom can give potential buyers ideas.
Here are a few simple things you can do to help stage your home:
Clutter—no one likes clutter, especially potential home buyers. Clear out photos, knickknacks, kitchy items, boxes and anything that makes your home feel like there’s not enough storage. Declutter shelves and bookcases. Homebuyers want homes with storage and don’t want to see an overstuffed home.
Revamp your entryway—it’s the first thing people will see. Make sure your front door is inviting. Get a new welcome mat, tidy up the area, slap a fresh coat of pain on the door and add a new wreath. Once potential buyers are inside, make sure the space is fresh, open, clean and clear of clutter.
Add fresh paint—repaint rooms in neutral colors to rejuvenate your home. Walls get banged up with regular wear and tear. New paint can make rooms look newer.
Unsightly smells—you want your home to be remembered for how amazing it is and not its smell. Make sure you don’t have icky pet or other odors that can distract homebuyers. You can bake cookies, boil cinnamon and apples or light a candle to make your house smell like a home.
Make repairs—potential home buyers will spot anything that looks broken or unsightly. Fix loose door knobs, chipped paint, squeaky doors, torn screens, etc. People don’t want to buy a home at a premium price that already has a repair list.
Rearrange your furniture—you want your space to seem uncluttered and flow. You can remove unnecessary furniture to make your rooms seem bigger and more open.
Hire a Professional Stager
Hiring a professional stager is an option as well. Your realtor knows stagers who can make your home look even more amazing. Professional stagers expertly style homes and bring all the necessary furniture and decor for each room. They know how to make the most out of each room. Depending on your home and the market, this is one way to get your home staged if your home is empty already (or you’d prefer to have a professional stager).
The cost for professional staging varies depending on several factors (length of time the home will be staged, amount of staging, size of home, etc.). Typical costs vary from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Staging costs can pay off if it gets you a higher selling price for your home and helps your home sell quicker.
If you need a home stager or have questions about selling your home, please contact us.