Is Staging Your Home to Sell Really Necessary?
Most sellers are hoping that when they list their home for sale, the home will sell quickly and for a great price. One thing that many real estate agents recommend is staging your home to sell. Some sellers wonder if this is really necessary. While it may not be required in order to sell, it is usually a good idea and worth the effort.
What Goes into Staging Your Home to Sell
Some of things that go into staging your home to sell may include:
- Painting – fresh paint can brighten a room, mask odors, and provide a clean look.
- Decluttering – removing clutter from rooms, closets, cupboards, and cabinets will give the illusion of more space. Decluttering makes the home look cleaner, and with the absence of clutter and personal items, homeowners are more likely to picture themselves living in your home rather than wondering about you.
- Replacing worn items – buyers will look at the little things. If the little things, such as outlet covers, cabinet pulls, caulk, door handles, door stops, or light bulbs need replaced, buyers may assume that the bigger things in the home have not been maintained. Simply replacing outlet covers or re-caulking the kitchen or bathroom can make a big difference.
How Much Does Home Staging Cost?
If you hire a professional home stager, there are two ways you could be charged. Some home stagers charge a flat rate for their time, while others charge by the hour. In both cases, you’ll be responsible for the “materials”, which could include accessories, artwork, and even temporary furniture. The average cost is usually between $600-700, depending on the size of your home and what work the home stager will need to do. Estimates are almost always free. Your real estate agent can advise you on how to proceed, and will do a cost-benefit analysis to see what is right for your situation.
What is the Advantaging to Staging Your Home to Sell?
Home staging is a good investment if you want to sell your home quickly, and for the best price. An investment of several hundred dollars can give a return of several thousand dollars in sale price, and homes that are professionally staged sell significantly faster than homes that were not staged. A home that has been staged to sell will attract buyers who can picture themselves in the home. There will be less clutter, the home will appear bigger and brighter, and a home stager will make the home feel clean, cared for, and inviting. Staging your home to sell will benefit you not only when buyers view your home in person but will also make your home photograph better. Since many buyers make the decision of whether or not to view a home based on the photographs online, a staged home will get more buyers to your home.
Staging your home may not be necessary to sell your home, but it is certainly a smart decision. A small investment can attract more potential buyers to your home, and the increased sale price will make the effort well worth it. Have questions about staging your home or interested in selling? Contact Amberwood Real Estate today for more information about how to get the best price for your home.