Staging your home could make the difference between receiving Top Dollar for your home or waiting for a buyer with the vision to picture the furnishings and use for every room. Staging is a shortcut to this process. Enlisting the skills of a professional designer to assess your home and bring in furniture, artwork and accessories to highlight the purpose of every room shows your property in it’s best possible light. Here are my 5 Reasons why staging your home will make you money.
5 Reasons why staging your home will make you money.
Helps the Buyer Visualize
This one is probably the most important as often rooms are a different size than what the potential buyer has in their current home. Staging your home helps those buyers see furniture set up by someone with an eye for design to maximize the utility of the space. Often buyers don’t want to come in and completely refurnish a home, so seeing how their current furniture may fit into the space will ultimately help them envision living in the space.
Sets a good first impression
Remember, Buyers purchase emotionally and justify logically. Studies have shown that buyers subconsciously make a decision about a property within 8 seconds of seeing the home. It is critical that the first impression is a good one. You can help create this emotional WOW response by having a professional declutter your home and decorate with perfectly scaled furnishings. Having your home staged before pictures are taken is just as important as having the furniture in the home on the day of your first showings. The first impression starts way before potential buyers enter the home. Your listing pictures and marketing have to pop so your home makes the short list of options to see in person. I’ve personally seen a lot of Buyers try staging after not getting the initial results they wanted. Unfortunately, this can be too late as you only have one chance to make a positive first impression.
Highlights the purpose of each room
As we mentioned above, helping a buyer visualize the home with the right furniture is important but this goes a bit further here where staging truly helps every room have a purpose. Often enough, we encounter rooms that are small, oddly shaped or not symmetrical. Left to their own devices, this can too much for buyers to overcome. In these situations, staging plays a critical role in showing potential buyers exactly how they can make best use of the space.
Makes the home seem larger
Have you looked at two homes with similar square footage and came away with the impression that one was much larger or smaller than the other? This is often the result of sellers with too much furniture, over-sized furniture, and decorations on every wall and flat surface. Staging isn’t about putting every piece of furniture that a Buyer may have into a room but using the right furniture to help Buyers envision how the space is best utilized. This is extremely important in smaller homes where space is limited and Buyers already have a preconceived idea of the size before ever seeing the space. Minimizing the amount of furniture can often give the appearance of a larger space giving the Buyers the impression of more square footage.
Brings more showings
A professionally staged home will ultimately bring in more buyers when coupled with fine photography and, most importantly, the right marketing exposure. Staging is important for all of these reasons. Most importantly it’s there to help you get your home sold fast and for top dollar.
While staging a home is an important piece of the process, it’s only one key piece of the puzzle. It’s important to work with a Professional REALTOR who understands this aspect and can couple it with a customized marketing plan to help you achieve top dollar for your home. If you are considering selling your home and would like more information about the process, I would love the opportunity to help guide you in the right direction. If you want more information about how I do business, please check out my client testimonials . If you would like to contact Huntington Beach Realtor, Jeb Smith please call 714.376.2711 or contact him here.
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