Tuesday, July 30, 2019 / by Jeremy Feldman
If you're selling your home, your real estate agent has likely advised you to stage your home to sell. But why exactly do people stage homes to sell? Some people go to great lengths to stage their home too, even going so far as moving possessions into storage units or renting furnishings!
If your home is already nicely decorated, why should you go to the added trouble of "staging" it? There are many good reasons to stage your home to sell.
1. Staging Makes Your Home Appear More Spacious
Having lived in your home for a number of years, you probably haven't noticed how many things you've accumulated. When you stage your home to sell, these things get put away out of sight. This tends to clear tabletops, open up floor space and generally make your home look larger. Homebuyers will see the spaciousness as a huge asset.
2. Staging Gives Every Area A Purpose
Part of the staging process is to give every area of the home a purposeful identity. A space by the front door becomes a true foyer, a bay window becomes a reading nook and a short hallway becomes a mail organization station. This lets homebuyers imagine how organized and productive their new lives will be in your home.
3. Buyer's Agents Will Be Proud To Show Your Home
It may seem odd, but the homes that a buyer's agent shows can reflect on the agent. When your home is beautifully staged, seller's agents will be delighted to bring their buyers to see it. This can result in more traffic, which can lead to increased offers on your home for sale.
4. Staging Helps Buyers Envision Living There
Another process of staging is the removal of personal items from your home. This would include trophies, family portraits and similar memorabilia. This enables homebuyers to more easily envision themselves living in your home, which is more likely to lead to them making an offer.
5. Staging Takes The Burden Off The Seller
As the homeowner, you need to make sure all your possessions are in tip top shape for showings. Your favorite "sloppy" couch would have to be refreshed and steam cleaned to pass muster with discriminating buyers. Instead of going though all that, you can rent temporary staging furniture that's already in pristine condition.
As you can see, there are benefits to home sellers to stage the home. For help with the staging process, consult with your trusted real estate agent.