What Is Staging?
Many people are aware that staging involves moving furniture around, and it is an important part, but there is more to that. Staging refers to all the other details too: major fixes, cleaning, decluttering, getting rid of odors, curb appeal, gardening, lighting, etc. Repainting the walls, renting furniture and home accessories, replacing appliances, drapes, and carpets is all part of the deal. Everything that has to do with aesthetics but also functionality can be categorized under staging. Professional stagers can make your home look like one seen in home décor magazines.
Many real estate agents meanwhile work with staging companies to get the best out of a home sale as it drives up the sale price. Did you know that staged homes spend half the time on the market than non-staged houses? They also have the potential to sell for 10% more.
How does staging work?
Staging is about accentuating the best features of a home and turning the less desirable features into attractive and functional ones as well. Many of us don’t know the tricks to optimize our space, but real estate agents and stagers do. They know exactly what it takes to arrange the perfect living space. For example, one of the tricks includes using smaller furniture to make the rooms look bigger. That’s why many sellers opt for renting furniture especially if theirs is outdated or too big. Tasteful art, home accessories like fancy towels in the bathroom or a vase with flowers in the dining room are also often seen in staged homes and they add a great final touch. Boosting curb appeal is often a priority and stagers and agents usually suggest adding flowers, repainting the front door or changing the house number plate to create a better first impression. All these details matter at the end and help buyers visualize their life in such a house.
Sellers eager to sell really quickly usually opt for staging all rooms from the basement to the pantry, while the majority sticks to the main rooms (living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and the bathroom). Professional staging also means getting rid of all things that don’t fit in like eccentric paintings or your personal belongings. Maybe you can ask family or friends to store the things that have to go until you a new home.
To keep staging costs low, you may consult with your agent on how to put your own furniture best to use. Real estate agents have a nose for such details, and they probably know few tricks to maximize the appeal of your home even with your own furniture.
Staging will also require you to walk on tiptoes until finding a buyer. It will not be easy to live in such an environment where you are afraid to touch anything because it could get dirty or broken, especially if you have children. Still, it’s worth it as you’ll be able to recover the costs after you sell the house.