There are several reasons you may want to stage your home to help ensure a more successful sale.
Seller’s often think that staging is only for homes that are higher priced, but that’s not the case. Staging can benefit homes in any price range.
So why should you stage a vacant home? Check out some timeless tips from a segment Holly did on #12News, in addition to the tips below.
Size & Space
The first reason you may want to consider staging your home is to explain the space to buyers. When buyers see a large or small space, they often don’t know what to do with it. People have a hard time determining how to potentially use or furnish a vacant space, so showing them can be very helpful to ensure they understand the home. When I’m showing homes, I’ll often have buyers stop in a vacant room and say…what would we do with this space? I help them to envision how they would use the space, but showing them with furniture would be more useful and memorable.
It may not be necessary to stage every room in the house, but the critical rooms to consider are the living room, dining room, family room and master bedroom. It’s also nice to throw in a few accessories in the kitchen and bathrooms.
An often overlooked, yet critical reason to stage a home – sound. When you’re in a vacant home, it can sound hallow or echo because everything is a hard surface. Furniture can help absorb the noise. When a home sounds empty, it can be unsettling, so Buyer’s will rush to look at the home and they will miss out on an opportunity to connect with the home. They will also focus more on the noise they are creating with their shoes or talking and that will distract them from the home and hurry them out the door.
Another critical reason to Stage – you want to create an emotional connection. You want to consider the importance of setting the mood and ultimately, you want people to fall in love with the home. The goal is to have Buyers picture themselves living in the home and creating wonderful memories there, so you want to help them create those mental pictures – sitting at the dining room table with friends and family, reading a book while relaxing by the fireplace, having their morning coffee or glass of wine at the end of the day. That emotional connection is much harder to create when you’re looking at an empty room.
Another reason to stage a home is to distract from any challenges the home may present. No home is perfect, so staging can help you to influence the buyer and help them create a list of reasons to fall in love with your home vs. a list of issues with the home. Maybe your kitchen is small or the flooring is dated or family room is an odd shape. The buyer won’t care as much about those things if they can look around and picture themselves having a fabulous life. Staging will enhance the positive and again it goes back to that emotional connection.
Where to start?
If you need to stage your home, you can hire a professional Stager, interior decorator or you can do it yourself. Depending on the scope of the project you may want to invest in consulting with a professional who has the tools, resources and experience to ensure it’s done right. Be sure to check references, see samples of their work and discuss the “look” of the project. If your home is mid-century modern, Tuscan inspired or southwestern ranch, you’ll want to be sure the furnishings present a cohesive look with the construction and style of your home. Some Home Stagers specialize in certain styles, so you’ll want to be sure select a Stager that can provide the right look for your home and then your home can look like it belongs in a real estate televison show too!
If you have any questions about Home Staging, call Holly at 480-266-8785 or Holly@Henbest.com.