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The advantages of staging your home

When you are looking to sell your home, the process can seem daunting, and everyday tasks like preparing the empty house for prospective buyers can be easy to let go as you try to deal with the paperwork and other requirements that come with selling a property. It's understandable that it happens, but it is also imperative that homeowners realize how important the staging and presentation of a house can be. After all, even if you are a little too busy to stage everything for yourself, you can always find a realtor who understands the advantages it brings and who works with you to make sure it gets done.

Costs and benefits of staging

The National Association of Realtors published the results of industry research into staging last year, and their findings were both surprising and encouraging. According to their research, the average cost spent staging a home is just $672, which can seem like a lot until you consider that the impact it is likely to have on the home could save thousands. They also found that:

  • Approximately one-third of all realtors engage in staging properties they sell.
  • Most often believe that the staging raises a home's price 1 to 5 percent.
  • 80 percent of them believe that staging helps a prospective buyer see themselves in the home.
  • Only 10 percent believe that decorating against a buyer's tastes reduces the chance of selling the house.
  • 49 percent believe that staging usually has an effect on buyers. 47 percent believe that it sometimes does.

Differences between cleaning and staging

Everyone knows that a house needs to be clean to present to buyers, and most homeowners would not expect their property to sell if it was not presented in its clean state. Staging goes beyond just cleaning things up and making the property presentable, though. It involves setting up the home as if someone was still staying in it, with furniture arrangements and light d├ęcor choices that help the buyers to see what the house looks like as a proper home.

When picking which rooms to stage, keep in mind that the entire house does not need to be furnished for staging to be effective. In fact, just a couple of rooms is usually enough. To understand which rooms will probably have the biggest impact on your home's selling price and on buyer enthusiasm, it is important to talk to your realtor about your property. Generally, though, a common area or two like a living room or living room/dining area combination is used, as is at least one bedroom.

If you are looking to sell your home soon, staging represents a little additional work that can bring you a lot more money. Consider what it can do for you.

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