Staging your home: Make buyers fall in love – Warren Tribune Chronicle

February 19, 2022 by No Comments


If you’re considering holding an open house, your Realtor will have an honest conversation with you about any concerns, including whether doing so would contradict current government recommendations or mandates.

If you and your Realtor mutually agree to an open house after discussing these issues, your agent will discuss necessary precautions to minimize exposure to, and the spread of, COVID-19.

Staging entails hiring experts with a flair for interior design. They reimagine your living space and give your house a makeover (with temporary decor and furnishings) so that it gets “oohs” and “aahs” from the buying masses. Great staging isn’t an insurance policy, and there’s no guarantee it will bring in more money when you sell your home.

However, it is an important marketing tool. It presents your house in a flattering light and helps you compete at a favorable price. Staging also leads to eye-catching listing photos, which are especially valuable given that most homebuyers begin their search by scrolling through listings online.

If you are thinking about hiring a stager for your home, know that staging does help. A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors revealed that:

• 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it, so you and your agent can make the sale;

• 39 percent of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner;

• 21 percent of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6 and 10 percent. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket.

Many listing agents offer staging services to clients as part of their services. If you want to pick someone yourself, you typically will have to pay out of pocket. Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging.

Home sellers can expect to pay $500 to $2,000. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture. Many stagers offer consultations for as low as $200 to $300. If you’re on a tight budget, your best option may be using the advice you learn during the consultation to try DIY staging. Listen for tips on using the furniture and decor you already have to show off your home’s best assets.

Keep in mind staging can be conducted these days virtually. Ask your Realtor for recommendations if you don’t know of any virtual stagers. These stagers offer video consultations to advise while you execute the changes. They may also digitally modify images, which must be fully disclosed to buyers.

So, what can you do to get started? First, declutter and clean your home. No buyer wants to walk into a messy house. Also remove personal items from view, such as copious family photos, artwork or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that homebuyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. Instead, the goal is to neutralize the space and help homebuyers imagine living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either.)

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