Staging a home before you sell it can be expensive, with some experts putting the cost at between $200 to $2,000, according to the work that needs to be put into getting the home ready. That is why some sellers debate whether it’s truly a good idea to stage their home before they sell, after all, selling and moving are expensive enough. Then there are those who swear by staging a home. Which side of the fence do you fall on? In the list below, you can find a few concrete reasons that staging is the only way to go.
1. Helps Buyers see Themselves Living in the Home
When you are trying to sell your home, you want the perspective buyer to be able to see themselves living there. That is why everything needs to be taken down and started from scratch, staging the home in neutral tones. For example, you don’t want a perspective buyer to walk into your den and see pictures of you and your family gracing the walls over the fireplace. You want them to be able to imagine themselves curled up on their own sofa with a book, in front of a roaring fire in the dead of winter instead. If they imagine themselves cosy and snug in the home, they are more likely to put in an offer.
2. Gives You a Head Start on Your Packing
Staging your home can also give you a head start on all the packing you need to do before you sell and move to your new location. After all, you have to pack up everything eventually. Stripping everything down to stage your home ensures you will be ready to go when the time comes to start your life in your new home.
3. Staging Makes a House Look Larger
Home staging is all about maximizing the space that you have to show to potential buyers. When you go through and pack up all your stuff and get rid of the clutter, it makes your home look larger. When you are staging your home, or if you hire the professionals to do it for you, make sure that you don’t leave anything where it could be bumped into by a potential buyer. This only serves to make them thing of the home as crowded and cramped. You want them to see wide open space when they walk through and imagine their own stuff set up in the rooms of your home.
4. Staging Gives Every Room a Purpose
The last thing you want is for a prospective buyer to walk through your home and wonder what a room’s purpose is. You don’t want buyers having to ask what a room is used for. For example, if you have an office that also serves as a TV room, take the TV out and make it into just a neutrally decorated office during the staging process. Having multiple uses for rooms is for when you are living in the home, not for when you’re trying to sell it.
5. Staging Helps to Justify the Price You’re Asking
When it comes to buying a home, you want to get the best price you can. The buyer, however, wants to get the best house, at the lowest price. While, you still need to look at the fair market value of the home before you put it on the market, staging will help you justify the asking price you are trying to get.
These are just a few of the top reasons that you should stage your house before selling. From being able to justify the asking price to helping potential buyers see themselves in the home, it not only makes good common sense, but good financial sense as well.