Staging works because buyers have a very hard time having a vision of how they can ultimately live in a home. Stagers help the sellers with paint colors to maximize buyer interest with what’s popular right now. Remember, once you are ready to sell your house, you need to give the buyers what they will want to see, not what your personal tastes are. The hardest part is letting go, but once you do and you will increase the traffic and desirability of your home, ultimately helping you achieve the price you want to sell it for.
You don’t need to go crazy staging the whole house. It has a tendency to be over-kill and prevents the prospective buyer from being able to visualize their furniture in the home. Taking out the extra stuff you don’t use in your home daily, will go a long way in setting the stage for rooms that would not be considered the central focus on a home sale, like the bedrooms. Stage the main living areas as well as the master bedroom and leave the rest to the buyers imagination.
The cost of staging a home depends on a number of factors. It’s often between $1,500 and $5,000. The various items that create the difference in cost will include the amount of furniture and accessories used in the staging. The quality of the furniture, the number of rooms staged as well as the length of time the home will be staged for. You’ll also find that staging costs vary among stagers. Have several give you an evaluation and estimate.
Many stagers have their own furniture in stock while other stagers rent furniture out for staging. As for price, this will depend on the area of the country that you live in, so these costs can vary greatly and your best bet is to speak with a local stager to find out their price ranges and what is offered within their estimates. Make sure to find out if rented pieces have a minimum amount of rental time required with the contract.
You should consider staging to be a vital part of the marketing process. A staged home will generally sell for more than a home that has not been staged. The increase in the sale price is often considerably more than the cost of the staging and if you are holding a mortgage, the faster you turn your home over, the less you have spent in finance charges. It’s a win for the sellers as far as marketing your home goes.
The fastest way to find a good home stager may be straight through your local real estate agent. If your agent isn’t aware of the technique, perhaps you should look for an agent that is and hire them to get your house sold!