When shopping for a home, buyers may notice a difference between staged and unstaged homes. It begs the question: Is the staging process worth the cost? Does it yield favorable results? There’s no doubt that beautifully staged homes sell faster than their unstaged counterparts. Staging decreases the amount of time your home spends on the market, helps potential buyers envision living there and so much more.
1. Increase home value.
Sure, staging isn’t free, and having your home staged can often cost a pretty penny. But when you crunch the numbers and consider your chances of pulling in a higher offer, staging is worth it. Staging costs vary depending on your budget and range from $400 to several thousand — but reports show that it’s worth every penny.
2. Decrease the home’s time spent on the market.
Per the NAR report, 22% of sellers’ agents stated that there were slight decreases in time on the market when the property was staged, while 31% reported that staging significantly decreased the amount of time on the market.
3. Staging makes your home feel newer and move-in ready.
Filling your home with just a few essential furnishings, strategically placed accents, and homey touches makes it look brand-new. Staging highlights the home’s best features and demonstrates the property’s potential, leaving a favorable impression on buyers.
4. Staging maximizes space.
Proper staging can make your home appear larger. It’s a common misconception that clearing a room out makes it seem bigger — it can actually have the opposite effect! On the other hand, having too many pieces can make a room feel cramped. Even the smallest rooms can be decorated in such a way that makes them appear larger. A properly staged home will appear both cozy and refined.
5. Buyers can better visualize themselves living there.
It will be impossible to sell a home to a new resident if they walk into a house filled with your family heirlooms and photos hanging everywhere. Home staging provides an elegant blank canvas where buyers can visualize themselves living. People buy on emotion, so being able to “see” an immaculately designed living space is essential.
6. Online listings with stunning photos stand out.
House hunters have access to a plethora of listings via the internet, allowing them to scroll through endless properties in the comfort of their homes. Stage your home to ensure you give potential buyers something pretty and enticing to look at. After all, what’s the point in hiring a professional photographer to capture your home’s best attributes if the rooms aren’t entirely dialed in?
7. Agents find it necessary, and buyers expect it.
Most experts agree that home staging is critical for a successful home sale. Many real estate agents find it so important that they’re willing to pay for a consultation with a staging company. They want your home to sell quickly and for a high price just as much as you do.
General staging tips
Now that you recognize the various benefits of staging, let’s get a general picture of what it takes to stage your Florida home properly.
De-clutter as much as possible. Put away anything you don’t use daily and make sure all of your kids' toys aren’t strewn across the living room floor.
Depersonalize the space. Remove family photos from the walls, put away your extensive Fabergé egg collection, and place all personal belongings away. How will prospective buyers envision themselves in the home if it is brimming with your things?
Deep clean the entire home. Hire a professional cleaning company to handle this.
Focus on essential rooms. Essential rooms to stage include the kitchen, dining room, living room, main bedroom, and main bathroom.
Make minor repairs like caulking and spackling areas that need a little love.
Keep decor neutral, as not everyone loves vibrant colors. Neutral colors will appeal to most prospective buyers.
Improve curb appeal. The front yard and home exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see upon arrival. A manicured lawn, beautiful flower beds, and a babbling water fountain will entice them to inspect your home further.