Should I stage my house before selling it? With the proliferation of design shows and the competitive real estate market, I get asked this by sellers ALL THE TIME. In short, my answer is yes. And here are the reasons why:
- When you put your home on the market, it ceases to to be “your home” anymore, and becomes a product that you want the highest bidder to buy. It is scrutinized heavily, as it will likely be the most expensive purchase the prospective buyer makes. It should look as good as possible.
- The more attractive the space appears and photographs, the more prospective buyers will look at all of the photos and video of the home online and then come see the home in person. The more potential buyers come to your home, the higher the likelihood of getting multiple offers.
- Staging depersonalizes a space and allows a buyer to envision living in the space. Even if you have an immaculately decorated home, chances are there are very personal pieces that can be distracting for others considering buying your home.
- And lastly, a well staged home tends to receive higher offers and sell faster, than one that is not staged.
In case paying for professional staging is not in the cards, stay tuned for a post for some things you can do yourself to stage and prepare your house for sale.