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Does “staging” of a house pay off?

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2019 | Firm News |

You have been living in your home for many years, but you’ve decided that it’s time to move on to a new location. You want to downsize and eliminate stress in your life, so selling your home is a priority.

One of the things that your realtor may speak with you about is the importance of staging your house well. Staging your house well eliminates mess and removes certain possessions that would make it hard for others to concentrate on how the property looks. Staged correctly, a buyer can walk into a home and imagine themselves living there.

Why stage a room before you sell your home?

When you walk into a room that is dirty or disheveled, what do you think about? Do you instantly want to clean? Are you frustrated by the appearance? These are the same kinds of feelings that your potential buyers will have.

Cleaning up your home is just the first step. You also want to make sure that there is not so much to stimulate the eyes that the buyer can’t concentrate on the home itself.

Gain the buyer’s attention immediately if you want to make a sale

Gaining a buyer’s attention right away is essential to making a sale. Someone who walks into a home and instantly feels overwhelmed is just as likely to walk straight back out. Instead, you want them to imagine that they could live there, too. Staging a home is a proven method that helps sell homes faster and even at a higher price.

It is important to make the potential buyer feel as if they are the owner, not you. So, that could mean removing wedding photos, taking down family photos and making your house impersonal while maintaining its attractiveness.

Here’s an example. If you are staging a bedroom, it makes the most sense to clear any surfaces of picture frames or clutter. Place new bedding on your bed or make it nicely. You should have artwork or photographs up in the room that are impersonal, not using family photos or images of people. Position the furniture in a way that makes it easy to navigate around, and you’ll be making a great start toward staging your home correctly.

Good staging minimizes issues with your property while maximizing its strengths, which can help you clinch the sale that you want to make at the price point that you’re interested in.