Should I Stage My Home?
There are so many decisions that need to be made when selling your home. You have to decide when to sell it, who to hire to sell it, what price to set, and on and on. Part of what makes selling inherently stressful is the ongoing decision making required.
Another question that might need to be answered is: “Should I stage your home, or sell it empty?”
Like so many real estate questions, the answer to this one is, “It depends.” Comforting, right?
The reason why there is not necessarily a clear answer here is that there are benefits and drawbacks that come with each option. Which one you ultimately choose will need to be based on your own preferences. You have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages and go from there. Selling a home empty vs. occupied has it’s positives and negatives as well.
What is Staging a Home?
Before you can even start to make a decision, it will be helpful to know what a staged home is in the first place.
If you have ever walked through an open house or a home for sale and seen a perfectly designed interior, with everything placed just so, you may have witnessed a staged home.
A staged home is one that is filled with things to make it more appealing to potential buyers. There are professionals who specialize in staging homes for sale. They may bring in furniture, appliances, paintings, curtains—everything needed to create a particular look. Once they are finished, the home appears to be lived in. Many sellers feel this look is preferable to a big empty house.
Staging a home has become quite popular with builders across the country. They will have a “model home” which is used to showcase their options and craftsmanship. Staging puts the frosting on the cake by making the house feel like a home.
For some buyers, staging can help them conceptualize better how they will plan out their own furniture. For the average homeowner, professional staging may not be necessary. If you live in a gorgeous home to start with staging will make a negligible difference.
What’s important is that your home is prepared for the sale. An effort should be made to have it looking it’s best before the for sale sign hits the lawn. The prior reference has some simple staging tips to help your place looking acceptable.
- The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.
- 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
- 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value offers from buyers.
- 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
- The top rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.
There are many decisions that need to be made when selling a home. Some sellers will need to decide whether to sell their home empty or staged. We look at all factors to help our sellers make the best decision. We also work together with San Diego’s top staging company. They provide excellent service and have the best prices in all of Southern California. If you have questions about staging or selling your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.
Brought you San Diego Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker, Glen Henderson. Glen has been a San Diego Realtor for 15 years and has been involved in over 1,000 home sales throughout San Diego County. Contact him today with any questions at 619-500-3222 or visit Premier Homes at www.MyPremierHomes.com