Having your house professionally staged is an essential part of the process because first impressions will have a lasting effect on potential buyers.
Many people have difficulty envisioning what an empty space could look like when furnished, and therefore cannot work well with a blank canvas. Staging helps turn a house into a home while showing the full potential that the space can have. This is achieved by choosing the correct pieces of furniture and decor that create an effortless flow and functionality in the space.
Buyers like to see a clean and simple layout, so avoiding clutter and overwhelming decor is key in the staging process. This allows for the house itself to be the focus, while the furnishings take a supporting role. A home that is poorly staged or filled with outdated pieces is just as bad as a home that hasn’t been staged at all. This is where bringing in a professional can make all the difference!
Another key element to pay attention to when staging your home is the aroma throughout the property. This can be done easily by having diffusers out or candles lit, windows opened for fresh air, and by making sure all trash cans have been emptied.
People also love to see a space that has a fresh and natural vibe, so prepare a vase of flowers or a leafy potted plant or two to set up around the house. This is a simple finishing touch to make buyers feel welcome and appreciated upon entering your home!
Below is a list of statistics explaining the success of home staging –
• Forty percent of buyers’ agents cited that home staging had an effect on
most buyers’ view of the home.
• Eighty-three percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier
for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.
• Staging the living room was found to be most important for buyers
(47 percent), followed by staging the master bedroom (42 percent), and
staging the kitchen (35 percent).
• One-quarter of buyer’s agents said that staging a home increased the dollar
value offered between one and five percent, compared to other similar
homes on the market that are not staged.
Buyers were more willing to walk through a home they saw online
(38 percent), and buyers’ agents identified that staging would
positively impact the home value if the home was decorated to a
buyer’s taste (37 percent).