3 Common Home Staging Questions
The three most common questions asked by sellers about vacant home staging are...
- Is vacant home staging a must?
- Won't the rooms look bigger without the furniture in it?
- Is it really worth the expense?
When there isn’t any furniture in a home, it isn’t a home anymore.
It is just a boring, bland house and all the flaws are much easier to see. You want to show off the best aspects of your home when trying to sell it, not the flaws. Staging is another great way to make those flaws less noticeable and create a warm and inviting feeling.
It is estimated that around 65% of the population are visual learners. That being said, buyers need to visualize how the home will look when they move in. How their furniture will look and fit in each room. The goal is to make the rooms very spacious and highlight the best uses, to be able to appeal to as many buyers as possible. We aren’t trying to trick the buyer by any means. We are just trying to highlight the uniqueness of the home and really show off its features rather than its flaws.
People tend to think they have to stage the entire home or have to pay to keep the furniture for the entire listing. False. I have staged 2 vacant homes in the past 6 months and both have sold for an average of 3 days on the market. One of which failed to sell twice before! It really does work alongside an excellent marketing plan!
401 Farrow Court was empty at the time of listing. However, we were able to get a home stager in there and tell us the absolute minimum number of rooms this home needed to really show well.
Generally, it is found that family room, kitchen, master bedroom and master bathroom are all you need to stage.
Not only did the home stager come in and stage the inside, she also made suggestions on touch up/maintenance items that would help it show better to potential buyers. She recommended they take care of weeds in the yard by the front door, pressure washing the exterior, etc. Just a small little punch list of items that the sellers are generally able to do themselves if desired. The end goal is to appeal to the most amount of buyers, even those really really picky ones!
With the home stagers and sellers hard work, this home sold with multiple offers within 2 days of listing it on the MLS. The cost of the staging became insignificant in comparison to the perceived value it added to the buyers. One buyer’s agent even expressed concerns of the home appraising and their buyer still submitted an offer! The buyer was willing to take a risk of paying more for the house than it was worth because they perceived it was worth it. This was a huge win for the sellers. We definitely accomplished our end goal with this one!
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