Home staging became a trend when the market crash left a huge number of inventory that were ripe for the picking. Most brokers stage houses to give clients a realistic feeling of living in the house. While this may seem like an unnecessary expense, the data shows that home staging actually has some positive effects. Here’s what we know:
There are two types of staged houses – one with leased items and one with originally purchased items. Many sellers opt to sell their homes with the furniture to increase the value. More so if the house contains antiques and expensive materials.
Professional home stagers charge around $300 and above for consultations. The service itself starts at $500 per room on a monthly basis. The cost seems to be worth it because the house may sell for a higher price and will stay on the market for a shorter amount of time.
Yes, you can. There is an advantage to staging the home using the original owners’ items. This shows the buyers a peek at what the community seems like and how the people in the neighborhood live. Using original items also gives two benefits to viewers. They can visualize their own décor easier and you don’t need to spend on professional home stagers.
When using your own furniture and décor, it’s best to remove all clutter. Consider it the first step of your move. Make the house seem as generic as possible so that the buyers can freely imagine changes they want to make.
Remove photos of the family and attention-getting items like souvenirs and artwork. It is best to show a cookie cutter home if you are using your own items.
If you are using a staging company, you can collaborate and tell them what kind of people are in the neighborhood, what the common décor is used, and what buyers can expect from the community and economy. In turn, the stagers will help you identify the type of people who will be looking at your home and how they would want to see it.